January 15th, 2021

World famous cave diver to speak at college on March 12

By Bobinec, Greg on February 25, 2020.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


A world-renowned cave diver who has explored some of the deepest and most inaccessible parts of the world will share her experiences next month.

Jill Heinerth has been announced as the speaker for the second annual Wider Horizons … An evening with … speaker series at Lethbridge College on March 12 for a pair of exclusive engagements. A public session will take place at 7 p.m. in the IB Theatres. A separate session, open only to Lethbridge College students, will take place earlier in the day.

Her dynamic multimedia presentation is said to inspire audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown and overcome their fears. She shares her experiences and lessons learned in the deadly arena of extreme underwater exploration and adventure filmmaking, applying her practical knowledge to share lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure and collaboration strategies.

“Jill Heinerth’s story resonated with both our campus and our community as a whole,” says Paula Burns, Lethbridge College president and CEO. “She is a Canadian who has converted her skills and passion into a career that has taken her around the world and to places no one else has gone. But it’s how she’s able to relate lessons from these extraordinary adventures to her everyday life that creates a chance for our students to learn and our community to be inspired.”

Heinerth began her career as a diver and underwater photographer, and shifted her specialization to cave diving. She found a niche for exploring areas where few others would dare to go. She notes that more people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places she has explored on Earth.

Heinerth is a veteran of over 30 years of filming, photography and exploration projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide. She is the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, a recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and earned the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Science.

Tickets for Heinerth’s talk are on sale, with limited quantities available for purchase through the Lethbridge College website. Tickets are $25 each for the public and $20 for Lethbridge College students and alumni.

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