Jill Heinerth is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and film-maker. She has made TV series for PBS, National Geographic Channel and the BBC, consulted on movies for directors including James Cameron, written several books and produced documentaries including We Are Water and Ben's Vortex, about the disappearance of Ben McDaniel.
|Occupation||Cinematographer, explorer, cave diver|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Heinerth, Robert McClellan|
Early life and education
As a child, Heinerth was inspired by Jacques Cousteau's television series. In 5th grade, she gave a Science Fair project about mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. She gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications Design at York University, and ran a small graphic design agency in Toronto while teaching scuba in Lake Huron's port of Tobermory in the evenings.
In 1991, Heinerth sold her business and moved to the Cayman Islands to dive full-time, honing skills in underwater photography. She then moved to Florida to work on cave diving, where she was mentored by documentary filmmaker Wes Skiles. She collaborated with his Karst Productions, based in High Springs, Florida.
In 1998, Heinerth was part of the team that made the first 3D map of an underwater cave. Heinerth became the first person to dive the ice caves of Antarctica, penetrating further into an underwater cave system than any woman ever In 2001, she was part of a team that explored ice caves of icebergs. where she and her then husband Paul Heinerth "discovered wondrous life and magical vistas" and experienced the calving of an iceberg, documented in the film Ice Island.
Heinerth was married to cave diver Paul Heinerth. As of 2012, her second husband is writer, photographer and new media expert Robert McClellan, with whom she lives in Ontario, Canada. Heinerth has described her hobbies as hiking, kayaking and gardening; "My favorite pastime is getting up at dawn and cycling to my local spring where a robust swim against the current of the Santa Fe River starts my day on the right track."
- Heinerth, Jill; Oigarden, B (2008). Cave diving articles & opinions: A comprehensive guide to cave diving and exploration. High Springs, FL: Heinreth Productions, Inc. p. 320.
- Heinerth, Jill (2010). Digital Underwater Photography: Jill Heinerth's Guide to Digital Underwater Photograph. ISBN 978-0979878923.
- Heinerth, Jill (2014). The Essentials of Cave Diving (Second ed.). ISBN 978-0979878947.
- Kakuk, Brian; Heinerth, Jill (2010). Side Mount Profiles. ISBN 978-0979878954.
- Heinerth, Jill (2014). The Basics of Rebreather Diving. Heinerth Productions, Inc. ISBN 978-1940944005.
- Heinerth, Jill (2014). Women Underwater. Heinerth Productions, Inc. ISBN 978-1940944012.
- Heinerth, Jill; Pinto, Lesli (2015). Chester the Manatee and the Very, Very, Terribly Bad Itch. Heinerth Productions, Inc. ISBN 1940944082.
- Heinerth, Jill (2016). The Scuba Diver's Guide to Underwater Video: GoPro to Professional Filmmaking. Heinerth Productions, Inc. p. 126. ISBN 194094421X.
- Heinerth, Jill (2019). Into The Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver. Ecco. ISBN 978-0062691545
Heinerth is a member of the Explorers Club, a fellow of the National Speleological Society, and she has been inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. She won the OZTek Media Award in March 2013. In November 2013, she was awarded the first ever Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
In June 2016, Heinerth was named as the first Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
- Mark Schrope (1 October 2003). "Deep Transmissions Armed with a revolutionary new tracking device, cave divers map threats to Florida's main water source". Outside Online. Mariah Media Network LLC. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Jill Heinerth (2003). "Ice Island". Advanced Diver magazine. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- "Jill Heinerth Loves The Places Where Her Friends Have Gone To Die". Filmcourage. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Ghomeshi, Jian. "Best of Q: Cave diver Jill Heinerth on fear management". cbc.ca. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014.
- Andrews, Avital (14 December 2012). "My Perfect Adventure: Jill Heinerth". Outside Online.
- "Jill Heinerth : OceanAGE Career Profile". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA). 29 March 2013.
- Yundt, Heather (2013). "Jill Heinerth Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration". Canadian Geographic. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014.
- Kendrick, DF (2009). "Science of the National Association for Cave Diving (NACD): Water Quality, Hydrogeology, Biology and Psychology". In: Pollock NW, ed. Diving for Science 2009. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 28th Symposium. Dauphin Island, AL. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- Jennifer Goldblatt (13 November 2002). "Explorers' film wins top honor". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Iliffe T, Humphreys W (2016). "Christmas Islands Hidden Secret". Advanced Diver Magazine. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- Heinerth, Jill (Actor, Director, Narrator, Host); McClellan, Robert (Producer) (1 January 2013). We are Water (DVD). Heinerth Productions, Inc. ISBN 0979878993. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016.
- Jill Heinerth (Director) (2012). Ben's Vortex (DVD). Heinerth Productions, Inc. ISBN 0979878985. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016.
- Rosemary E Lunn Tech talk: Tales of ‘Daring Do’ Xraymag, issue 54, May 2013, p.58
- Royal Canadian Geographical Society June 2016
- Rosemary E Lunn Jill Heinerth To Receive 2017 NOGI for ‘Sports & Education’ Deeperblue.com, 10 January 2017.
- Rosemary E Lunn Jill Heinerth To Receive Canadian Polar Medal X-Ray Magazine
- Rosemary E Lunn Bozanic, Burroughs, Hasson, Heinerth and HDSUSA honoured with Beneath The Sea Awards X-Ray Magazine