Stan Waterman

Stanton A. Waterman (born April 5, 1923) is a five-time Emmy winning cinematographer and underwater film producer.[1][2]


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.

After returning home from service in the US Navy[3] World War II, he became the first resident of Maine to purchase an aqualung, designed by Jacques Cousteau.[4]

Waterman graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied with Robert Frost, in 1946 with a degree in English.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Working with his son, he won the first father and son Emmy for the National Geographic Explorer production Dancing With Stingrays.[6]

Television credits include The American Sportsman (1965), The Bermuda Depths (1978), and The Explorers (1973) and film credits include The Deep (1977) and Jaws of Death (1977).[8]

He won five Emmy awards for his work on underwater films and TV programs.[4]

In 2005 Waterman wrote Sea Salt: Memories and Essays, with forewords by Peter Benchley and Howard Hall.[9][10] He also wrote essays for Ocean Realm magazine.

In 2013, Waterman took his last dive in the Cayman Islands at the age of 90.[4]

See also


  1. Stan Waterman Home
  2. Stan Waterman: Toward the Edge of Extinction ( ocean sharks ) video clip Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Shark Savers :: Stan Waterman". Archived from the original on 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. Were, Natasha. "Stan Waterman hangs up his fins at 90 | Cayman Compass". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  5. Dive Global :: Stan Waterman
  6. International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
  7. Stan Waterman at Beneath The Sea 2002
  8. Stan Waterman
  9. Stan Waterman. Sea Salt: Memories and Essays. Jacksonville: New World Publications, 2005.Edited by Ned DeLoach, Ken Marks, and William Warmus
  10. personal communication
  • interview in *Gilliam, Bret C (2007). Diving Pioneers and Innovators. New World Publications. ISBN 1-878348-42-6.

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