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Jill Heinerth – Diving into the Darkness at GO Diving Show ANZ


Jill Heinerth

Underwater explorer, writer, photographer, speaker and film-maker Jill Heinerth will be taking to the Main Stage at the GO Diving Show ANZ in Sydney in September, when she will be discussing the filming of the new documentary Diving into the Darkness, which will also be shown at the event.

Acclaimed director Nays Baghai will also be appearing on stage at the GO Diving Show ANZ.

A pioneer of technical rebreather diving, Jill is the first Explorer-In-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Her best-selling autobiography, Into The Planet, has been lauded by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Oprah Magazine.

She is a Fellow of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, the Explorer’s Club and Underwater Academy Of Arts and Sciences. Her images have been showcased by the BBC, National Geographic, Red Bull, Canadian Geographic, Discovery, and many more.

Diving into the Darkness is an awe-inspiring odyssey about the cave diving icon, and her journey of exploration, resilience and self-discovery into the planet’s deepest depths.

She has been involved in the most legendary and demanding cave diving expeditions of all time, from surveying the world’s longest caves in Mexico to discovering giant iceberg caves in Antarctica.

Juxtaposed with these hair-raising dives are intimate, candid interviews and animated flashbacks to her younger years that reveal a complex array of motivations for taking on these challenges. Despite how over 100 of her friends have perished in the depths, for Jill, each adventure in this dive odyssey is one step closer to becoming the woman she wished she’d met when she was a child.

Jill will be joining the likes of tech diver and underwater photographer Pete Mesley, Hollywood stunt performer Liz Parkinson and fellow cave diving pioneer Dr Richard Harris on the Main Stage.

The GO Diving Show ANZ

This annual event, taking place this year on 28-29 September at the Sydney Showground at the Olympic Park, is aimed at showcasing the very best of our underwater world to everyone from raw novices who are either contemplating getting into diving, or have completed their entry-level courses, to advanced divers, right through to technical divers and veteran CCR divers.

There are an array of stages – the Main Stage, the Photo Stage, the Australia/New Zealand Stage, the Inspiration Stage and the Tech Stage – that will play host to dozens of speakers from around the world, as well as a host of interactive features to suit young and old, from VR diving experiences, trydives, a demonstration pool, Bruce the rodeo shark, mermaids, and much more.

Surrounding the stages and features will be a broad range of exhibitors, from tourist boards and tour operators to resorts, liveaboards, training agencies, retailers, manufacturers, and conservation organisations.

The recent GO Diving Show UK, now in its fifth year, attracted more than 10,000 attendees over the weekend, and spanned an area of 10,000 sq m of exhibition space, and the Australia and New Zealand variant aspires to reaching this level in coming years.

Entry to the inaugural GO Diving Show ANZ is completely free – register here to get your tickets for what is undoubtedly the diving event of 2024 in Australia. Parking is also free and the venue is easy to get to with plenty of transport options, so get the dates in your diary now and prepare for an epic weekend celebrating all forms of diving.

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Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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