Pioneering cave diver, explorer and author Jill Heinerth has been announced as one of the four inductees into the 2020 class of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in recognition of her incredible work, contributions to the growth of diving and her support of the underwater world.

This annual event recognizes people who have significantly and positively impacted the industry through attributes to education, exploration, adventure and much more.

Founded by the Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism in 2000, the awards will take place in September 2020 in the Caymans.

During an announcement ceremony at DEMA Show 2019, Jill commented on what the award means to her:

“Such an amazing honor for a young woman who started her professional diving career in the Cayman Islands a long time ago. This is really fantastic at a time in my life that is very meaningful where I am just releasing my new book Into the Planet and a new documentary, Under Thin Ice, thank you for this incredible honor and I look forward to visiting the Caymans Islands to accept it.”

The three other nominees announced were DEMA Executive Director Tom Ingram, Handicapped Scuba Association Founder Jim Gatacre, and Undersea Hunter Group Founder Avi Klapfer.

For more info, check out the ISDHOF website.

DEMA Show 2019 attendee reacts to the new ISDHOF inductees.