Stan Waterman
Born(1923-04-05)April 5, 1923
Maine, U.S.
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

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[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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Working with his son, he won the first father and son Emmy for the National Geographic Explorer production Dancing With Stingrays.[5]

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).[7]

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

In 2005, Waterman wrote Sea Salt: Memories and Essays, with forewords by Peter Benchley and Howard Hall.[8][9] 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.[10]

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 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Were, Natasha. "Stan Waterman hangs up his fins at 90 | Cayman Compass". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  4. ^ Dive Global :: Stan Waterman
  5. ^ a b International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
  6. ^ Stan Waterman at Beneath The Sea 2002
  7. ^ Stan Waterman
  8. ^ Stan Waterman. Sea Salt: Memories and Essays. Jacksonville: New World Publications, 2005.Edited by Ned DeLoach, Ken Marks, and William Warmus
  9. ^ personal communication
  10. ^ Evans, Mark (11 August 2023). "Dive industry mourns Stan Waterman". Scuba Diver Mag. Retrieved 11 August 2023.