Susan Eaton, a Calgary-based geologist, geophysicist, journalist and Arctic and Antarctic snorkeler, is leading two all-female extreme snorkel relays to the Canadian Arctic in 2014 and 2016.
"The purpose of the proof-of-concept expedition [July 2014] and the larger Northwest Passage snorkel relay [summer 2016], is to raise awareness of disappearing sea ice and climate change in the Arctic and to engage Inuit women and girls in building sustainable communities,” she told ExplorersWeb.
In July 2016, the all-female SEDNA Expedition—named for Sedna, the Goddess of the Sea and the mother of marine mammals—will embark on a three-month journey, snorkeling over 1,864-miles through Arctic seas from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
The 10 polar snorkelers—supported by two mother ships, each equipped with Zodiac boats—will create world-wide awareness of rapidly disappearing sea ice, documenting the impacts of global warming on this fragile ecosystem and on the traditional way of life for the people of the North.
But first, in the summer of 2014, Team SEDNA will travel aboard the 116-foot MV Cape Race, from northern Labrador to Baffin Island and across the Davis Strait to Western Greenland, testing their "proof-of-concept" by focusing on team-building and demonstrating that snorkelers—using diver propulsion vehicles—can successfully "go the distance" through ice-infested waters.
The above story originally appeared in Expedition News.