Shelby grew up in Delaware, Ohio. She was introduced to diving through the Ecotourism & Adventure travel major at Hocking College, where she spent 6 weeks on Andros island in the Bahamas and earned her Open Water & Advanced Open Water certifications in 2014. Her favorite dive courses she has taken so far are RAID CAVE 2 and PADI Advanced Freediver. Her future goals are to take more technical diving courses. She would like to become a more experienced cave diver and beat her current personal best depth in freediving.