Wednesday Oct 09 2019 7:00 pm – Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg
Discussing and signing Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver (Doubleday Canada).
Taking the reader to places where no one has ever gone before, and blending memoir, adventure and science, Into the Planet is a riveting account of one of the most dangerous yet exhilarating pursuits in the world–diving to the centre of the earth–from a groundbreaking cave diver.
As one of the most celebrated cave divers in the world, Jill Heinerth has seen the planet in a way almost no one has. In a workday, she might swim below your homes, golf courses and restaurants, through conduits in volcanoes or cracks in the world’s largest iceberg. Her highly specialized skill set allows her to wear many hats: she’s an explorer, a scientist’s eyes and hands underwater–discovering new species and examining our finite freshwater reserves–and a filmmaker documenting the wonders of underwater life for film and television. Often the lone woman in a male-dominated domain, she tests the limits of human endurance at every tight turn, risking her life with each mission. To not only survive in this world but excel, Jill has had to learn how to master fear like no other.
Jill Heinerth is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and filmmaker. More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has explored right here on Earth. She has made TV series for the CBC, the National Geographic channel and the BBC, consulted on movies for directors including James Cameron, and produced documentaries, including We Are Water and Ben’s Vortex. Jill’s accolades include induction into The Explorers Club and the inaugural class of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. She is also the inaugural Explorer-in-Residence for The Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.