The World’s “Best Female Underwater Explorer” Jill Heinerth Shares Her Awe-Inspiring Success Story

Jill Diving

More people have walked on the moon, than have been to some of the places that Jill’s exploration has taken her right here on the earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never before seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, to the lawless desert border area between Egypt and Libya while a civil war raged around her, Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life.

Jill’s accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honor she shares with several of her underwater heroes including Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard and Dr. Sylvia Earle. She was named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine and selected as Scuba Diving Magazine’s “Sea Hero of the Year 2012.”

In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2013, the medal recognizes singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer.

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Awards and Achievements

>NAUI Environmental Enrichment Award 2015
>Inducted to the College of Fellows – Royal Canadian Geographical Society 2014
>Inaugural Royal Canadian Geographical Society Medal for Exploration 2013
>Oztek Media Excellence Award for Significant Contributions to Technical and Exploration Diving – Australia 2013
>Florida Lakes Management Society’s Scott Driver Award 2013 – presented to an “activist” who has promoted the restoration, protection and/or appreciation of Florida’s aquatic resources.
>Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival – Best of Show – We Are Water 2013
>NSS Film Salon – We Are Water – Honorable Mention 2013
>Our World Underwater – Distinguished Service Award 2013
>Scuba Diving Magazine and ORIS Watches Sea Hero of the Year Award 2012
>Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year 2012
>Wyland ICON Award 2011
>Conservation Award – National Association of Cave Divers 2010
>Keen Footwear – STAND Award for environmental photography with a call to action
>Real Sobriety film has won a Storyteller award from the Redemptive Film Festival and an Accolade Award


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