Stan Waterman – Pioneering Underwater Filmmaker, Author
In this podcast I chat with Stan Waterman. Stan began his passion for diving as a child trying an Ama Diver’s mask of the Florida coast. His eloquence was honed at Dartmouth where he studied under the legendary Robert Frost. But instead of returning to his family’s blueberry farm, Stan had a passion for underwater exploration. He tried one of the first units of Jacques Cousteau’s Aqua Lung delivered to the U.S. in a small pond in his hometown. Not long after that, he moved to the Bahamas and opened one of the first dive operations in the Bahamas in the mid 1950’s.
He moved quickly into the world of underwater filming. Soon, he was called upon for scenes in documentaries such as National Geographic. In 1965 he took his family on a year-long expedition to Tahiti where they lived on a sailboat. The entire time was filmed for National Geographic. He began filming and producing for The American Sportsman which led to his epic documentary Blue Water White Death in 1971. With such dramatic underwater scenes of great white sharks, he became an invaluable part of the major motion picture The Deep in 1977.
Stan is a five-time Emmy award winning cinematographer, as well as winning virtually all awards offered in the diving industry. He has penned his memoirs in two books: Sea Salt and Sea Salt II.
Items in this Podcast
- Blue Wild Expo
- The Cousteau Era
- Underwater filming
- Sea Salt
- Filming Blue Water White Death – oceanic whitecap sharks eating whale carcass, sharks feeling them, bumping Ron & Valerie Taylor
- Filming mako sharks, apprentice safety diver with bangstick
- Great white enters his shark cage
- First days using Cousteau’s Aqua Lung
- Zale Pary
- Family moves from New Jersey to live on a sailboat in Tahiti for one year
- Advice for divers
- Dr. Eugenie Clark
- Dr. Robert Frost
Books: Sea Salt: Memories and Essays and Sea Salt II: More Salt
Movies: Blue Water, White Death and The Deep
Special thanks to our episode sponsor Aggressor Fleet
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