Jill Heinerth: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the world renowned underwater explorer and first ever person to dive inside iceberg caves, Canadian Jill Heinerth!

Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Marking a call to action to accelerate gender equality, we, along with many others around the world, are coming together to celebrate women’s achievements!

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Sexism is unfortunately seen in scuba diving, even more so in the world of technical diving. Dive culture has been heavily influenced by the male-dominated military and though the likelihood of injury while scuba diving is low, it’s still viewed as “risky.” It’s sadly reflected in society that risk sports are for men, not women.

This didn’t stop Jill Heinerth though! After studying and working hard to build up her knowledge and competence, she is now an acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate!

She is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal!!

These are all incredible accomplishments, especially for a woman who was told early on there was no room for women in commercial diving!

In 2015 Jill wrote an GREAT WHITE article for Diver Magazine titled : . Her goal was to “simply represent the facts and attempt to write an article that validated women’s issues, and also would be informative and enlightening for both sexes.”

She did just that and it is one of the most read articles in the magazine’s history!

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