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Canada's greatest explorers 2015


Jill Heinerth


Photo credit: Courtesy Jill Heinerth

Cave swimmer

Expertise: Diving, Water travel, Caves, Environment, Photography, film, art

By Jessica Finn

Most days start with a swim in a spring near her home in High Springs, Florida — an unassuming activity for this Mississauga, Ont.-born woman who has explored places less frequented than the moon, according to director James Cameron. She was the first diver to explore and film Antarctic iceberg-cave ecosystems and has pushed deeper into underwater caverns than any woman in history. “I get to swim through the veins of Mother Earth within the lifeblood of the planet,” says Heinerth, and she’s proudly working to spread water literacy through the We Are Water Project. Last year, to highlight the issue of disappearing sea ice, she snorkelled with all-female Team Sedna from Labrador to Western Greenland.


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