Waterman first obtained a hand-made Japanese diving mask in the early 1930s, long before they were being made in the West or in common circulation. He first used it as a boy at Palm Beach, Florida.
Waterman graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied with Robert Frost, in 1946 with a degree in English. He began his SCUBA diving career in the Bahamas where he owned and operated a diving charter business from 1954 until 1958. His big break came in 1965 when he filmed a year-long family trip to Tahiti. National Geographic purchased the rights to the work and showed it on television. He was a producer and photographer on the 1971 film Blue Water, White Death which was the first cinematic filming of the great white shark.
Waterman was the subject of a Discovery Channel biographical special titled The Man Who Loves Sharks. Working with his son, he won the first father and son Emmy for the National Geographic Explorer production Dancing With Stingrays.
He won five Emmy awards for his work on underwater films and TV programs.
In 2005 Waterman wrote Sea Salt: Memories and Essays, with forewords by Peter Benchley and Howard Hall. He also wrote essays for Ocean Realm magazine.
In 2013, Waterman took his last dive in the Cayman Islands at the age of 90.
- Stan Waterman Home
- Stan Waterman: Toward the Edge of Extinction ( ocean sharks ) video clip Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
- "Shark Savers :: Stan Waterman". www.sharksavers.org. Archived from the original on 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- Were, Natasha. "Stan Waterman hangs up his fins at 90 | Cayman Compass". www.caymancompass.com. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
- Dive Global :: Stan Waterman
- International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
- Stan Waterman at Beneath The Sea 2002
- Stan Waterman
- Stan Waterman. Sea Salt: Memories and Essays. Jacksonville: New World Publications, 2005.Edited by Ned DeLoach, Ken Marks, and William Warmus
- personal communication
- interview in *Gilliam, Bret C (2007). Diving Pioneers and Innovators. New World Publications. ISBN 1-878348-42-6.