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 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.
Fourth Element began in 1999 with a conversation over a post-dive beer in Sharm -El-Sheikh, Egypt. They set out to design high quality clothing with a simple, diving orientated style.
Their 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.
They are aware of the many and complex environmental issues that they face as a business. From compostable packaging to recycled swimwear and supporting various environmental charities, they believe in doing everything they can to preserve our oceans for the future. See their OceanPositive section for more details on their environmental practices.
Heritage is more than their 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 their brand and DNA; accuracy, robustness, reliability, design and being Finnish to the core.
Pioneering exploration has been in their DNA since 1936, when Suunto founder Tuomas Vohlonen invented a way to produce more accurate compasses for his orienteering adventures.
Over the years they have stood on the highest mountains and explored the deepest oceans. They have pushed limits. They 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 them for a life of adventure.
Divers around the world proudly bear the Hollis mark, committing their trust to the brand that challenges their limits.
Hollis engineers superior technical diving equipment. They are intensely focused on providing diving solutions to fulfill their customer’s needs: owning the best technical diving products for their complex diving experiences.
This philosophy comes from their founder and industry pioneer Bob Hollis—a man with no limits when it comes to technical diving. In the 1950s with diving still in its infancy, twenty-something-year-old Hollis pushed boundaries by building his own equipment to fuel his passion for the underwater.
The ensuing decades saw Hollis innovate and disrupt—pioneering dives to the Andrea Doria—and develop reliable and dependable products that not only launched the technical diving industry but pushed the limits of tech diving into the adventure-seeking, curiosity-driven passion it’s revered as today.
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.”
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 was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.