The 2007 Werner Herzog Oscar-nominated documentary Encounters at the End of the World looks at life at McMurdo and then ventures to outlying research stations in the Antarctic. The film will be screened at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, New York on Sunday. One of the scientists featured in the film is Schroon Lake resident and polar biologist Sam Bowser. He says he went through a standard course of training to be able to work on the southern continent.
“I went through a standard course of training through NAUI which is the National Association of Underwater Instructors. And ultimately you have to get some cold water dive experience and you have to get experience using a dry suit. So I was able to do all of that up in the upstate New York area. I did a lot of my work in Lake George and I teamed up with the folks who do zebra mussel surveys and underwater archaeology as well. So I got quite a bit of experience before actually diving in Antarctica myself.”
Sam Bowser will introduce and answer questions during the screening of Encounters at the End of the World Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake.