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Stan Waterman

Born: 1922


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One of diving’s most gifted raconteurs, he began diving in the 1950s in the Bahamas and in 1965 sold a film of his family’s adventures in French Polynesia to National Geographic.

Traveled for many years to film festivals and clubs, entertaining audiences with his gift for adding his story-telling to his films.

Involved in seminal films such as Blue Water, White Death and The Deep, plus many television series.

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Stan Waterman


Stan Waterman has been at the forefront of Scuba Diving since its inception as a recreational sport both in this country and throughout the world. 

Between 1954 and 1958 he operated a dive business in the Bahamas with a boat he had built especially for diving.  In 1965, Waterman took his entire family to Tahiti, which launched their careers as television stars when National Geographic purchased the rights to air his film of that yearlong experience.

Waterman was associate producer and underwater cameraman on the classic shark film, Blue Water, White Death.  He was co-director of underwater photography on The Deep, and has produced documentaries for ABC’s “Spirit of Adventure” series and the “Expedition Earth” series on ESPN. He and his oldest son won the first father and son Emmy for the National Geographic Explorer production, Dancing With Stingrays.