- If you want to attempt wading, your vehicle should ideally be fitted with a snorkel. This is a device which elevates the air intake to the level of the roof – yes, you can wade as deep!
- Diesel vehicles are better suited for wading than petrol vehicles, as the combustion source is on the inside of the engine and water can’t readily reach it.
- Gauge the depth of the body of water. This is usually done by a passenger in the convoy,
- After gauging the depth of the water, low range gears are engaged, preferably with the differential lock activated if the vehicle is equipped with one, and one proceeds with just enough speed to create a "bow wave" which runs in front of the vehicle.
- Then follow the wave without going through it, keeping the revolutions high to prevent stalling.
- As the vehicle starts to emerge from the body of water, more speed and power can be applied, because exits are usually steeper, many times with silt deposits which can get you stuck.
- In the event of the vehicle stalling or switching off or getting stuck, make sure a winch is available to pull the vehicle from the water area.
Friends, the level of knowledge required for executing the wade, including an understanding of the terrain, the vehicle and its accessories and the anticipation of potential outcomes and alternative actions by the driver before the successful conclusion of the exercise, is no different for the educator teaching young minds.
Yes, there is a lesson in this for educators - No, our young minds are not Landys but not dissimilar to the "terrain" it has to traverse. For us to successfully cover the terrain of teaching young minds, we have to have a thorough understanding of how young minds think, what sparks them and bores them, whether our techniques to drive the curriculum will bring success or fail them miserably, and when the techniques don't work, what alternatives are in place to support the successful completion of the learning experience. Because the one thing we cannot do, is abandon them in-the-deep, especially if we are ill prepared in the first place to wade through the curriculum.