Christian Clark, the 2011 North American winner of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship sponsored by Rolex, spent some time with filmmaker, cave diver and Women Divers Hall of Famer Jill Heinerth as part of his scholarship year, for some mentoring on cave diving and filmmaking. Heinerth gave him a trial by fire, using Clark as a stunt double for scenes for her upcoming film Ben’s Vortex. “Christian is a soft-spoken guy, but his eyes spoke volumes when we descended into the clarity of his first underwater cave. I knew he was hooked,” Heinerth recalls. “After completing Christian's cave and sidemount training, I brought him in as a stunt double for the film I am shooting. I stuffed him into some tiny cracks and asked him to play up the stress of being stuck. Not only did he handle the difficult challenges of the dive itself, but his acting was fantastic. The audience is going to cringe when they see him stuck in a cave, so I just hope the Rolex Scholarship coordinators allow me to continue mentoring the recipients after they see it!” To learn more about Our World-Underwater scholarship and internship opportunities, go to owuscholarship.org.
Rolex Scholar Turns Cave-Diving Stunt Double
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