About

Kayla Martin is a fourth-year student of Water Science and Environmental Health (BSc) at Wilfred Laurier University. She launched her diving career at thirteen years of age and has logged hundreds of dives exploring historic shipwrecks and beautiful coral reefs.

Kayla is active in Great Lakes conservation and education efforts. She studies invasive species and ways to prevent and control populations from entering water bodies, particularly inland lakes and rivers. She recently worked for Parks Canada in the Rouge National Urban Park Drinking Water Quality Program, transitioning tenants from bottled water to healthy tap water. Her interests lie in examining our interactions with water, the environmental impacts of water use, and ways to achieve sustainability for future generations.

With her love of diving and all things water-related, Kayla aims to inspire the next generation of divers. She presents at diving conferences across North America, including the prestigious Our World Underwater film show in Chicago and the Niagara Diver’s Association Shipwrecks Show. She is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and has organized and participated in “Women’s Day of Diving” activities, encouraging women of all ages and abilities to discover the underwater world. Kayla is an ambassador for several Canadian marine conservation organizations. She promotes preserving historic shipwrecks and low-impact diving with Save Our Shipwrecks (SOS) and documents submerged historical sites with the Ontario Marine Heritage Committee. She serves as the Membership Director with the Niagara Divers Association.

Sponsors and Partners

Kayla is proud to represent the following companies and is thankful for their continued support in her adventures.

 

Fourth Element

Fourth Element is dedicated to making the best gear for your underwater adventures, from award winning drysuits and wetsuits to swimwear and rashguards made from recycled ghost fishing nets. We develop our products to perform in the world’s most extreme environments and we are working to minimize their impact on our planet and its oceans.

Their Story

Fourth Element began in 1999 with a conversation over a post-dive beer in Sharm -El-Sheikh, Egypt. We set out to design high quality clothing with a simple, diving orientated style.

Our technical range is based around the principles of performance, innovation and function. Using the latest fabric technology in the unique combinations and designs, the Fourth Element Technical range revolutionises thermal protection to keep you diving for longer.

We are aware of the many and complex environmental issues that we face as a business. From compostable packaging to recycled swimwear and supporting various environmental charities, we believe in doing everything we can to preserve our oceans for the future. See our OceanPositive section for more details on our environmental practices.

Learn More

Website: https://fourthelement.com/

Instagram: @fourthelementdive

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fourthelementdive/

 

Suunto Oy

Heritage is more than our history and products. It’s about the culture, people and country that have shaped Suunto through the decades and made it become what it is today. Evolution is natural, yet some things remain an integral part of our brand and DNA; accuracy, robustness, reliability, design and being Finnish to the core.

Their Story

Pioneering exploration has been in our DNA since 1936, when Suunto founder Tuomas Vohlonen invented a way to produce more accurate compasses for his orienteering adventures.

Over the years we have stood on the highest mountains and explored the deepest oceans. We have pushed limits. We have enabled people to turn their adventure dreams into reality.

But adventures aren’t only about pushing one’s physical limits in far away places. The search for adventure is really a mindset that all of us share. It’s about new experiences. Big and small. It’s about just getting out there regardless of the size of the challenge.

Come join us for a life of adventure.

Learn More

Website: https://www.suunto.com/

Instagram: @suunto

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suunto

 

Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

Her Story

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was recently announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and will be inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Learn More

Website: https://www.intotheplanet.com/

Instagram: @Jillheinerth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jillheinerth