Susan R. Eaton, a geologist, geophysicist, snorkeller and Calgary resident, also appreciates life off of solid ground.
Eaton has been on three scientific trips to Antarctica and is leading the Sedna Epic Expedition, named for the Inuit goddess of the sea. The goal is for a team of women to snorkel relay through the Northwest Passage over 100 summer days in 2017 and 2018 while highlighting the lack of sea ice that makes the trip possible.
Eaton plans to start teaching snorkelling in three Baffin Island communities next summer while introducing the locals to ocean creatures.
“People in these northern communities … don’t swim,” she said. “We’re going to take them on snorkel safaris.”
Eaton also hopes that her all-woman dive team will inspire girls and women in Canada’s far north. The team is made up of women from different backgrounds, apart from the dive team Sedna will include artists teachers and students from the South and North, which she hopes will encourage girls to see the possibilities open to them.
Eaton also mentioned that she is one of only 18 women on the list of top explorers (the top 100 list has more than 100 names, because some couples were recognized as one team).
Source: The Calgary Herald
Date: June 2, 2015