INSIDE AN ICEBERG
with cave diver Jill Heinerth
(Photo: Robert McClellan)
As one of the world’s most skilled technical cave divers, Canadian
Jill Heinerth has set diving records and encountered extremes the
world over. But nothing prepared her for what she encountered
exploring the cave systems inside Antarctica’s giant icebergs. Take
the plunge and join us for an epic talk on undersea exploration
and adventure by Heinerth, winner of the Society’s prestigious
Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration.
Event hashtag is #RCGStalks
Read about this event: Top Canadian cave diver shares the wonders and dangers of the underwater world
Wednesday, April 30
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Parkway, Ottawa
Tickets are $15 and are available
Jill Heinerth drives a digital wall mapper — used to map caves in 3D — on a past expedition. (Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. deep caving team)
Underwater cave explorer to open 2014 RCGS Speaker Series
She’s pushed farther into deep underwater caves than any woman before her.
Now, explorer Jill Heinerth is kicking off this year’s Royal Canadian Geographical
Society Speaker Series with a talk about diving the caves in Antarctica’s icebergs.
Heinerth, who received the Society’s 2013 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for
Exploration, will share tales of what life is like in one of the coldest places in the
world, including how she spent days around icebergs and the wildlife that lurks
beneath them. The event takes place on April 30 at the Canada Aviation and Space
Museum in Ottawa.
Heinerth joins the ranks of prominent past speakers, including Angry Planet
host George Kourounis, wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen and climatologist
Although she used to have a successful career in graphic design and advertising,
Heinerth traded her business suit for a wetsuit and became a worldrenowned
Combining her technical and artistic skills, she’s made documentaries for
PBS and the Discovery Channel, her photography has been published in
magazines and newspapers, and she has written three books on cave diving and
— Siobhan McClelland
World-renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth
Jill Heinerth regales the RCGS’s speaker series audience in Ottawa with
tales of her cave-diving exploits. (Photo: Jessica Burtnick)
Explorers need to embrace failure if
they want to succeed.
That was the message Jill Heinerth,
the world-renowned cave diver and a
filmmaker, relayed to a packed house at
the Canada Space and Aviation Museum
in Ottawa during The Royal Canadian
Geographical Society’s Speaker Series event on April 30.
Heinerth, who’s gone farther into
deep underwater caves than any woman
in history, and last year won the Society’s Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for
Exploration, told stories of discovery,
determination and near-death experiences
while cave diving. But the bulk of
the evening’s discussion was about Ice
Island, a documentary film about the first
people to cave dive inside an Antarctic
iceberg, which Heinerth wrote, produced
and appears in.
Heinerth, who has a background in
fine arts, said filmmaking and photography
ended up being the best way to
blend her creative interests with her
desire to be underwater.
— Ariana Kaknevicius