Jill is an underwater explorer, writer, photographer, speaker, and filmmaker.
A pioneer of technical rebreather diving, she has led expeditions into icebergs in Antarctica, volcanic lava tubes, and submerged caves worldwide.
Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Her memoir, INTO THE PLANET, has been lauded by the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times.
Her children’s book THE AQUANAUT is a Blue Ribbon Selection for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Jill is a Fellow of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, Women Divers Hall of Fame and the Explorers Club, which awarded her with the William Beebe Award for ocean exploration.
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Who is Jill
Loving water since she's a baby
How she got into diving
Becoming a lifeguard at 16
Taking a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communications design
Talking about her expeditions
Icebergs and cave diving
Exploring the B-15 iceberg for 60 days
Leading the dive team
Writing and producing the documentary film for National Geographic
Qualities a good cave diver should have
How dangerous cave diving is
Having a scary experience while underwater with a scientist
Her best piece of advice to deal with fear
How she dealt with and processed trauma
Processing and overcoming challenges with her husband
Having supportive mentors and colleagues
Being a woman in the diving industry
Becoming the Explorer in Residence at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Not having female mentors as a kid
Wanting to go to schools across the country and give talks about diving and exploration
Having a growth mindset
Writing her book Into The Planet
Jill and her husband's podcast Into The Planet Podcast
Impact of technology and natural world changes on the environment
Her passion to increase awareness about the big issues we face
Top tips and advice
"Be willing to step into the darkness to do something that you've never done before. Trust me, your eyes will adjust to the light, and that's when you stand on that threshold of true opportunity to become an explorer."
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