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.
15 Apr 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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