Author Susan Eaton

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.

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…

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Adventure Canada Announces Partnership with the Sedna Epic Expedition

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Combining Indigenous and scientific knowledge to document climate change and empowering Inuit girls and young women in the Arctic Adventure Canada is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the Sedna Epic Expedition, an international team of women—ocean explorers, scientists, artists, educators and scuba diving professionals—whose mandate is to scout, document, and record disappearing sea ice in the Arctic. Team Sedna will mount a snorkel and dive expedition aboard Adventure Canada’s vessel, the Ocean Endeavour, from August 6-17, 2018 during the Arctic Safari expedition to Nunavut and western Greenland. “We’re delighted to partner with Adventure Canada, a company that embraces…

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SEDNA Epic Exhibition 2014-2018

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Bravo! Sedna’s short film, produced by team member and videographer Joanna Lentini of Deep Focus Images, was shown in January 2018, at The Explorers Club’s 6th Annual Polar Film Festival in New York City. This short film highlights the all-women dive and snorkel expedition team, SEDNA Epic, along with Inuit elders and young women as they explore the frigid waters of Frobisher Bay, Nunavut. Through their ocean educational outreach programs including mobile aquariums and ROV operations, the team helps to bring the ocean to eye level for the youngest members of Iqaluit’s community. Learn more at: http://www.sednaepic.com/ Support Team SEDNA The Scuba News Canada and…

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Sedna Epic Expedition Announces Multi-Year Partnership with First Air

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The 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition announces that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with First Air, The Airline of the North. As the official airline of the Sedna Epic Expedition, First Air will transport Sedna’s all-female team of ocean scientists, explorers, educators and artists, Inuit advisers, and scientific and SCUBA diving equipment, to communities across Canada’s North. “We’re delighted to partner with First Air, The Airline of the North,” said Calgary-based Susan R. Eaton, founder and leader of the 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition. “In fact, First Air is key to the success of the Sedna Epic Expedition.” Added Eaton,…

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The 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition’s BigFiveDive

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I’m delighted to report that seven of  The 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition’s sea women and two of its advisers, Mary Ellen Gucciardi and Marianne Falardeau, successfully completed the BigFiveDive‬ record attempt on Saturday, July 16. The BigFiveDive was an incredible team-building exercise, enabling most of Team Sedna’s women to meet for the first time, to dive together and to try out their new SANTI Diving Ladies First drysuits. What an incredibly busy weekend, just one week before Team Sedna departs for its ocean change expedition to the Arctic… Imagine staying awake, first of all, for 36 continuous hours… Then imagine…

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