Jessea was born in Changzhou City, China. Like most 80's babies in China, she was raised in a family with a strong emphasis on children's education. After college, she accepted a scholarship to study biomedical science in the United States where she received a PhD degree in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics. Just when everyone in her life thought working in medicine and doing scientific research was what she was going to be doing for a comfortable living , fate had a different plan for Jessea.
She fell in love with free diving. So, she took a leap of faith and moved to Hawaii where she dove every weekend. During her first few years in Hawaii, diving was her hobby, passion, source of joy and a way with socializing with friends. She didn't anticipate becoming a professional athlete! During those years, she took on a lot of work both in the chemistry lab and from home. She felt fulfilled that way. It was in 2015 when she committed to "just-come-join-us-in-the-training-and-play" in a freediving competition organized by her diving instructors and good friends that she realized she really enjoyed competing and could start competing at 30. She broke 5 national records in her first competition!
Since her first competition Jessea has competed around the world including Bahamas, France, Spain, Greece, Philippines, Japan, China, Honduras, Grand Cayman, Hawaii, Australia. She also dove in extreme environments like Antarctica and Norway.