Imagine the scene: we are preparing our kit and putting on our wetsuits. None of us has ever been in this particular canyon before and although my buddies told me that is was an “easy one”, surely that is in the eye of the beholder. Our life has changed significantly over the past year and I am here with my two sons. No more back-up or shared responsibility, I have to do this on my own now.
New territories lie ahead, both in the physical sense of this beautiful canyon and in the sense of our team dynamics. This pushes me into a new role: I am now the leader of my own little family ‘team’. I have to take care of the fun, learning, wellbeing and safety of both myself and my two boys, while conducting a potentially high risk activity in a unknown location. This triggers my thoughts on the ‘safety leader’ that I want to be.