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Charlene using the scooter to snorkel

Charlene using the scooter to snorkel

A few of you might be wondering about the social dynamics of the Sedna Epic Expedition, which is comprised of a team of ten sea women on a three-week expedition. Two of these weeks will be spent aboard the 116-foot MV Cape Race.

I know that I wondered about the group dynamics myself.

I’ve noted that every single person on Team Sedna is working overtime for herself and for her team members. Dry suits can be challenging to get into—when someone is suiting up, there’s always someone ready to lend a hand. And, when someone is feeling down, there’s always someone to comfort that person. The team work has been absolutely amazing.

Charlene Helps

Charlene Helps

As expected, there have been equipment issues such as dry suit, glove, fins and hoods, and we’ve experienced learning curves with the diver propulsion vehicles. That said, when there have been challenges or work to be done, one (or more) of the sea women stepped in without words being exchanged.

I’ve never worked with an all-female group before. And, I’ve learned so much from every single woman on the expedition. But, the things that I’ve learned are not what I might have expected. At the outset of the expedition—while we were still on terra firma in Nain, Labrador—we conducted two days of team building exercises, in order to increase communication and discussing how we could collectively achieve our mission. These exercises have been put to great use every time we run the snorkel relays. Everyone is extremely considerate of each other’s feelings, making sure that everyone gets a fair turn in the water.

An example would be when a snorkeler’s turn is up to get in the water. We are all fully capable of dressing ourselves, but it’s great to get a helping hand to pull up a dry suit shoulder, check zippers, tuck masks under hood and secure the dry gloves. Invariably, there’s always three women hovering around to assist, confirming that the snorkeler has a surface marker buoy, whistle, knife and marine radio before entering the water.

Our teamwork improves daily—and, so does the distances traveled in the snorkel zone. Even when things don’t go as smoothly as planned, the mission still gets accomplished. An evening debrief ensures that Team Sedna’s strengths and weaknesses are reviewed, ensuring continuous improvement.

Safety is one of our primary concerns.

The women on this expedition are some of the most impressive sea women that I have ever met. They are focused, passionate, and very compassionate. Team Sedna is comprised of 10 women, ages 26 to 56 from Canada, the United States, Mexico and New Zealand. We have very diverse back grounds, education and scuba and snorkel experience.

We complement each other. I am very privileged to be part of Team Sedna.

Where Was Charlene?

62 degrees 5 minutes N
54 degrees 41 minutes W

Posted By: Charlene Barker
Date: July 20, 2014

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