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Urban water Odyssey 2018
“There’s so much to do… we must never stop trying”
What do we really know about the nature and geography surrounding us? What do we know about the rivers, the fresh water source we depend on?
Do we really think we explored it all?
Urban Water Odyssey
Doing a scientific dive of 44 miles in the depth of the St Lawrence river in Montreal, to better know the river in a urban environment. Nathalie lasselin will dive form one end of the island to the other one. It will take more than 30 hours. A never attempted before dive to completely commit towards the environment and the source of our drinking water
80% of tap water in Montreal comes from the river. At first sight this doesn’t look like the dreamed body of water in which you would like to dive. However the river hides a rich environment of fauna and flora. Rediscovering the river like an explorer of modern times to realize her importance. Making her rediscovered by the urban dwellers.
A Human adventure
In order to better know our planet, we need to push the limits. Doing 44 miles in one dive will take more than 30 hours maybe 40. What seems to be a crazy adventure is in fact a deep commitment. Why in one dive? Because nathalie fully believes that we need to fully commit if we want to succeed. We can’t have a part time good relation with nature.
Along the path, not only Nathalie will document the underwater world of the river but also she will take samples of water and sediments so scientific from several universities will be able to analyze the content of the river. results will be publish in 2019.
Brain ractivity study in extreme condition
Studies and test of brain reactivity will be vital during the long immersion doing specific tasks.
Water Life Community
- A unique 70 kilometers / 44 miles dive
- Two scientific missions
- A dive study about the effect of long
- A commitment toward the St Lawrence river
- A unique human adventure
- An extreme expedition 20 minutes from downtown
- A technological, physical and psychological challenge
UWO 2017 Proof of concept
Monday august 14th, Nath Lasselin achieve a unique dive: 21,1km underwater in a single dive of 6 hours. Thanks to the support team and partners.
- A half marathon dive in the St Lawrence river
- 21,1 km
- 6 hours
The average dive of a recreational diver is 45 minutes in warm and clear water, swimming a couple of 100 meters. Nathalie is diving on a single dive in low visibility the waters of the St Lawrence river ending the dive a couple of kilometers after the Parc du bout de l’île, on the east coast of Montreal.
As I dive in those low viz waters, I know in need to focus on the coming next step in order to succeed
I realized, it is the same thing to regain the quality of the water in the St Lawrence river.
A unique dive never attempted before.
From Cap sur Mer to the east side of Île à l’aigle.
The st Lawrence river is one of the biggest intake of tap / drinkable water for Montreal, it is also where we get rid of all our waste water once treated. What do we really know about that body of water. What kind of species, how rich and fragile it is? This is what Nathalie is going to figure out by diving in a single dive with the current that amazing river she loves so much.
A venture on a human scale for the simple purpose of freshwater preservation.