Jill Heinerth

Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

More people have walked on the moon than visited many of the places Jill Heinerth has explored on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves to swimming through giant Antarctic icebergs, Heinerth has been the hands and eyes of climatologists, archaeologists, biologists, and engineers worldwide. She was named the first Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. Jill is a Fellow of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, National Speleological Society, WINGS WorldQuest and the Explorers Club, which recognized her work with the prestigious William Beebe Award for ocean exploration. The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times have lauded Jill’s best-selling memoir Into the Planet. Dolly Parton selected Jill’s book, The Aquanaut, for her Imagination Library program. Running Cloud Productions of Australia is currently filming a feature documentary that will be released in 2024.

Jill Heinerth, FRCGS Author, INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver Explorer in Residence, Royal Canadian Geographical Society jillheinerth@mac.com www.IntoThePlanet.com I acknowledge that the land on which I live is the traditional territory of the Algonquin, Anishinabek (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ), Haudenosaunee (St. Lawrence Iroquoians), and Huron-Wendat Peoples and I am grateful for opportunities to learn from their deep knowledge of protecting and sharing the land and its bounty. As I travel the world, I am committed to learning about the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and hope my work can help share their rich history and contributions to protecting our world.