We learn more by working through challenges along the way than by having everything go smoothly all the time. Yesterday's cave dive at Ginnie Springs, Florida was a good exercise in basic problem solving underwater...at 87ft...inside a cave.
A few minor equipment glitches after we turned the dive made for a good learning experience and solidified my determination to go "back to the drawing board" and tweak my kit some more: A primary light that kept switching off when I twisted and turned (and we did a fair amount of that in the Lips-ByPass), a primary 2nd stage bolt snap that I tangled up with my secondary light clip and got stuck, belt webbing that came completely undone, and a drysuit with too-big feet that I'm still trying to subdue to my will. All challenges that can and will be overcome.
I am thankful for my terrific buddy, Riana, for whom there are no problems – only opportunities; our commitment to the safe cave diving "rule of thirds"; and clear-headed, calm thinking when things don't work quite as planned.
(Map courtesy of Steve Berman )