What’s the next mystery you’re trying to solve?

I would like to find the location of coastal prehistoric villages that were drowned after the last ice age. During the ice age, sea levels were much lower, and many people lived on the coastline. We don’t know very much about those people. I am trying to find these sites and unveil what their life looked like.

Goodman always checks her gear before she dives. Sometimes, repairs need to be made.

What are three qualities that an explorer in your field must have? 

I think an explorer needs to be very curious, not easily discouraged, and open-minded. If you are not open-minded, you might not see new things that are right in front of you. You can get too focused on what you think you know and what you think you should find.

What are three things you never dive without? 

I always, always have a cameraor two or threewith me. That way, I have backup if something goes wrong. I also wear a red bandana to keep my hair out of my mask. It’s also a tribute to oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, who wore a red cap.

Goodman never dives without her red bandana. It reminds her of the red cap worn by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.

Goodman takes notes on a special waterproof notepad.

The last thing that I bring with me is an underwater notebook. We call them “wetnotes.” They are made of a special paper that can get wet without falling apart.

What’s the hardest part about being an explorer? 

Probably the hardest part of being an explorer is leaving my home and family. When I return home from an adventure, it is fun to share stories with them and sometimes unusual gifts from exotic places.

Goodman prepares for another dive.