of five Emmy awards for his work in television, Waterman is also renowned
for his work in commercial film, as director and producer of underwater
film and photography.
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.
His attraction to the underwater world began as a schoolboy in 1936
when he first dove with a Japanese Ama diver's mask in Florida. In the
1950's, inspired by Jacques Cousteau's revolutionary invention of the
Aqua-Lung, Mr. Waterman acquired the first one in Maine and went on
to pioneer SCUBA diving in that state.
Between 1954 and 1958 he operated a dive business in the Bahamas with
a boat he had built specially for diving. His first 16mm film on diving
was produced during those years. During the next fifteen years Mr. Waterman
continued to record his worldwide journeys and exploits on film; most
were ultimately purchased as television documentaries. In 1965 he took
his entire family--wife and three children--to Tahiti. Their careers
as television stars were launched when National Geographic purchased
the rights to air his film of that year-long experience. In 1968 he
collaborated with Peter Gimbel on the classic shark film, Blue Water,
White Death. He was associate producer and underwater cameraman during
the seven-month long production. However, he may best be known for his
work in commercial film. He was co-director of underwater photography
and second unit in the production of The Deep, based on Peter Benchley's
best-selling novel. In other collaborations with his close friend and
neighbor, Mr. Benchley, he was responsible for ten years' worth of productions
for ABC's "American Sportsman Show". More recent productions include
documentaries for ABC's "Spirit of Adventure" series and the "Expedition
Earth" series on ESPN.
Mr. Waterman has received numerous honors and awards for his work in
television and in behalf of the sea including five Emmys, two Gold Medals
from the U.K. Underwater Film Festival, four Golden Eagles, a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Miami Expo, the Cousteau Diver of the Year
Award and the Richard Hopper Day Memorial Medal from the Philadelphia
Academy of Natural Sciences. The Discovery Channel recently broadcast
an autobiographical two-hour special, The Man Who Loves Sharks. Mr.
Waterman graduated from Dartmouth in 1946, where he studied with Robert
Frost and earned a B.A. in English. He has maintained an appreciation
of language and literature throughout his life. He is married and is
a father of two sons and a daughter, each of whom has acquired a special
love of the sea from him. He and his oldest son, Gordy, a successful
cameraman in his own right, won the first father and son Emmy for their
work together in the "National Geographic Explorer" production, Dancing
With Stingrays. Mr. Waterman maintains residences in New Jersey and
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