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Seminar - Working on a Cruise Ship in Antarctica as a Geological Lecturer
Wednesday 28 February 2024, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

Seminar - Working on a Cruise Ship in Antarctica as a Geological Lecturer

This is an in person seminar in Courtside A at the RA Centre. It is open to everyone. No registration required.

EXPEDITION GUIDE DESTINATION ANTARCTICA: Emily Edwards decided that the ultimate retirement job - that involved paddling - would be to be a sea kayak guide in Antarctica so she got the appropriate qualifications and then applied to all possible companies. Silversea, although they didn't take her on as a kayak guide, did choose to hire her as a geology lecturer, living on one of their expedition ships and doing loops down to that magnificent seventh continent. This presentation is a glimpse into the life as seen through her eyes; the nuts and bolts of the job, the joys and challenges of life at sea, and why she keeps going back despite the fact that she doesn't get to paddle while there.

Emily was fortunate enough to grow up directly on the shores of the Ottawa river. She has had a deep and enduring love of both paddling and wild places for longer than she can remember. After endlessly begging her parents for a canoe they eventually gave in and she was given a used Grumman on her seventh birthday; it was the start of a lifelong love affair with being on the water. Knowing she wanted to spend as much time outside as possible Emily started her professional career as an exploration geologist looking for gold in the Canadian Shield but she switched to teaching high school during her child-rearing years with a few breaks along the way to do stints as a drill-rig supervisor. Since retiring in 2021 she has spent as much time as possible with oars or paddles in her hands, going on trips with friends but also working as a whitewater raft guide, a canoe instructor, and as a guide on canoe trips in the high arctic.



Location RA Centre
2451 Riverside Drive