Snorkel Trip With Science Writers and Communicators of Canada

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Don a wetsuit, mask, fins and snorkel, and plunge beneath the waves of Howe Sound. British Columbia’s nutrient rich waters are home to world-renowned marine biodiversity—kelp forests, colorful invertebrates, rock fish nurseries, and numerous species of whales and dolphins.

The snorkel safari provides an intimate, experiential learning opportunity: Participants will explore the Pacific Ocean’s intricate web of life and discuss how warming oceans are pushing some species to the edge. Lucky snorkelers may experience up-close-and-personal encounters with harbor seals at Pam Rocks (they like chewing on white-colored fins!).

SWCC member and polar snorkeler Susan R. Eaton will lead the snorkel safari. Jett Britnell, BC-based underwater, wildlife and expedition photographer, will document the snorkel safari for the SWCC. Water safety will be provided by certified snorkel guides with Sea Dragon Charters of Horseshoe Bay. All equipment, including sea kayaks, is included in the excursion. Participants must be able to swim confidently. A non-snorkeler ride-along discount is also available. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided on the boat. Space is limited and available on a first come basis.

When

15 Apr 2018

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location

Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia
$115 Snorkel and Kayak

$85 Non-snorkeler ride-along option

Note: Transportation not included in price: City Express Bus from downtown Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay is recommended

For more details: https://www.seadragoncharters.com/snorkel-kayak

Leader: Susan R. Eaton

A geoscientist, journalist and conservationist, Susan R. Eaton explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers co-mingle. She studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions. The founder and leader of the 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition, Susan documents disappearing sea ice in the Arctic and delivers ocean education outreach to Inuit youth. Team Sedna is comprised of women ocean explorers, scientists, educators, artists and scuba divers from around the world.

In 2015, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (the “RCGS”) named Susan one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers. A year later, the RCGS named her one of Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers. A graduate of Carleton University’ School of Journalism, Susan began her media career in as an on-camera news reporter with CBC-TV. Today, as a freelance writer, she reports on science and technology, business, energy, the environment, space, geotourism and adventure travel. @SusanREaton_Geo

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Ten years ago, I suffered a serious scuba diving trauma that landed me in a hyperbaric chamber for three days, ending my 30-year diving career. Undaunted, my up-close-and-personal relationship with the ocean—which had included teaching scuba diving—didn’t end in the hyperbaric chamber… Today, I explore the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a dynamic land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals interact with snorkelers. I've snorkeled with chatty belugas Hudson Bay, migrating salmon in Haida Gwaii, and with charging 1,400-pound leopard seals in Antarctica. During a snorkel expedition to witness the annual narwhal migration through the Northwest Passage, my co-explorers and I became trapped on a floating ice island, precipitating a 36-hour military air rescue off the northern coast of Baffin Island. In the past five years, I've participated in two science-based expeditions to the Arctic and three science-based expeditions to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Readers followed me virtually, at the Bottom of the World, as I studied the interplay of plate tectonics, glaciers, ocean change, climate and life. In 2015, I was was named one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2016, I was named one of Canada's top female explorers, also by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. A member of the Explorers Club, I was named to the Explorers Club's (Canadian Chapter) 2014 and 2015 Honour Rolls. An advocate of protecting Canada's wild spaces and the animals who call them home, I sit on the board of directors of Nature Canada.

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