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DIVETALKS with Jill Heinerth – Rebreathers and Diving Safety Culture

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In this video of Divesoft DIVETALKS Live series, Joe hosts Jill Heinerth, an underwater explorer, writer, photographer, speaker, and filmmaker. A pioneer of technical rebreather diving, leading expeditions into icebergs in Antarctica, volcanic lava tubes and submerged caves around the world. Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her book, INTO THE PLANET, has been lauded by the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times. Jill is a Fellow of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, Women Divers Hall of Fame, National Speleological Society, and the Explorers Club that awarded her with the William Beebe Award.

Jill talks about her ground-breaking experience with the US Deep caving Team in the ’90s using the revolutionary Cis Lunar Rebreathers and the several safety challenges they encountered. Recalling her involvement in the early crash test training of CO2 and hypoxia response and gives some thoughts on the use of Bail Out Valves, such as addition plumbing, open-circuit regulator on the BOVs, sanity breaths and more. Jill also reflects on how rebreather diving has grown and why she thinks the technical diving safety culture and “checklist” nowadays is less acknowledged between divers and the importance of the effective approach to reducing injuries in diving.

In the second half of the interview, Jill answers some questions of the listeners about workup dives, randomised situation generators, troubleshooting common underwaters problems for divers. She also speaks about her recent trip with The Dirty Dozen Expeditions and other project’s experiences, diving safety culture, loop in the mouth, danger zones, checklist, and internet, finishing off with a piece of advice from Jill on diving with rebreather and camera in the hands.


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