Jill Heinerth is an explorer. Her curiosity and photographic skills give us a tantalizing peek at a breathtaking world few will ever experience.
Best known as a pioneering technical diver, Jill combines a mastery of underwater technology with a formal Fine Arts education to produce artistic documentation of the natural environment above, below and inside our planet.
An award-winning filmmaker, Jill wrote, produced, and appeared in Water’s Journey, the PBS documentary series that takes viewers on visceral travels through the world’s greatest water systems. Hollywood directors call on her to produce difficult underwater scenes and international magazines and websites look to her to document extreme environments with high technology.
Jill is a reasonable voice in the world of conservation, and is often sought out for insightful commentary and opinions by the press and other institutions. She is also a recognized expert legal witness in matters involving SCUBA and Closed Circuit Rebreather technology.
Jill’s many diving accomplishments are highlighted by an Antarctic cave diving expedition inside the largest iceberg known to man, (National Geographic - Ice Island), and significant contributions to the United States Deep Caving Team’s Wakulla 2 project, using paradigm-changing technology to map an underwater cave system in three dimensions. At Wakulla, secondary to a scientific mission, Jill established a women’s diving world record.
Some of Jill’s numerous professional diving, photographic and filmmaking awards:
Scuba Diving Magazine and ORIS watches Sea Hero of the Year
Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year
Sport Diving Magazine: Named A Living Legend
Women Diver’s Hall of Fame: Inaugural Inductee
Explorer’s Club Film Festival: Best Documentary
Canadian Technical Diver of the Year
Cine Golden Eagle (2)
Gold Aurora Award
Fellow: National Speleological Society
International HD Film Fest: Best Documentary (2)
Wyland ICON Award
Jill Heinerth holds various SCUBA, Cave Diving, and Closed Circuit Rebreather instructor credentials. An ADOBE PHOTOSHOP expert, she also teaches Underwater Digital Photography workshops and classes.
A former Toronto ad agency owner, Jill takes on limited advertising clients, applying her distinct skill set to each application.
A popular public speaker, Jill gives entertaining and informative multi-media presentations to groups, clubs and organizations on a wide range of subjects including exploration, motivation and actualization, conservation, risk management, and filmmaking.
Born in Canada, Jill lives with her husband Robert, in North Florida, where she starts most days with a refreshing swim in the clear water of her local spring.
Visit Jill’s website: http://www.IntoThePlanet.com