What’s the next mystery you’re trying to solve?
I would like to find the location of coastal prehistoric villages. They were covered by water after the last ice age. During the ice age, sea levels were much lower. Many people lived on the coastline. I’d like to discover what their life looked like.
Goodman always checks her gear before she dives.
What are three qualities that an explorer in your field must have?
An explorer needs to be very curious, not easily discouraged, and open-minded. If you are not, you might not see new things that are right in front of you. You get too focused on what you expect to see.
What are three things you never dive without?
I always, always have a camera—or two or three—with me. I also wear a red bandana. It’s a tribute to Jacques Cousteau, who wore a red cap.
Goodman never dives without her red bandana.
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 paper that can get wet without falling apart.
What’s the hardest part about being an explorer?
I think for me, the hardest part of being an explorer is leaving my home and family. Still, it is fun to share stories and bring unusual gifts to them from faraway places.
Goodman prepares for another dive.