Stan Waterman
Stanton Arthur Waterman

(1923-04-05)April 5, 1923
DiedAugust 10, 2023(2023-08-10) (aged 100)
Film producer
Notable workBlue Water, White Death

Stanton Arthur Waterman (April 5, 1923 – August 10, 2023) was an American cinematographer and underwater film producer who was a five-time Emmy Award winner.[1]

Life and career

After returning home from service in the US Navy[2] during World War II, he became the first resident of Maine to purchase an aqualung, designed by Jacques Cousteau.[3]

Waterman graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied with Robert Frost, in 1946 with a degree in English.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Waterman was the subject of a Discovery Channel biographical special titled The Man Who Loves Sharks.[4] Working with his son, he won the first father and son Emmy for the National Geographic Explorer production Dancing With Stingrays. His 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).[5]

Waterman won five Emmy Awards for his work on underwater films and TV programs.[3]

In 2005, Waterman published Sea Salt: Memories and Essays, with forewords by Peter Benchley and Howard Hall.[6][7] He also wrote essays for Ocean Realm magazine. In 2013, Waterman took his last dive in the Cayman Islands at the age of 90.[3] He died on August 10, 2023, at the age of 100.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Stan Waterman: Toward the Edge of Extinction ( ocean sharks ) video clip Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Shark Savers : Stan Waterman". Archived from the original on February 11, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Were, Natasha (April 19, 2013). "Stan Waterman hangs up his fins at 90 | Cayman Compass". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  4. ^ Stan Waterman at Beneath The Sea 2002
  5. ^ Stan Waterman profile, Accessed November 12, 2023.
  6. ^ Stan Waterman. Sea Salt: Memories and Essays. Jacksonville: New World Publications, 2005.Edited by Ned DeLoach, Ken Marks, and William Warmus
  7. ^ personal communication
  8. ^ Evans, Mark (August 11, 2023). "Dive industry mourns Stan Waterman". Scuba Diver Mag. Retrieved November 12, 2023.