An observer noted "Cousteau was actually more like the Stan Waterman of France". It's a fair statement. -- Fathoms, October 2005
As you can guess, I am a fan. Stan could fill a set of volumes to match the Encylopedia Britannica.. -- Diver UK, October 2005
At times Waterman seems like a cross between the adventurer, Richard Halliburton, and Clive Cusslers rugged Dirk Pitt. -- Asian Diver Magazine, October 2005
One of diving's most familiar faces. -- Dive Training, September 2005
While Waterman's tale in SI (1958) may have been lighthearted, his life story since has been nothing short of adventurous. -- Sports Illustrated, September 12, 2005
About the Author
Ever since donning a Japanese Ama pearl divers’ facemask as a schoolboy in 1936 Stan Waterman dreamed of undersea adventure. After service in World War II and graduation from Dartmouth he was the first in his home state of Maine to purchase and pioneer the new Aqualung underwater breathing system. Casting his sights down Robert Frost’s road less traveled, he abandoned life as a gentleman blueberry farmer, converted a fishing trawler into a charter dive boat and angled the bow toward the Bahamas. It was there, in the 1950’s, during those heady seminal years of underwater discovery that Stan first carried a movie camera underwater. Thus began a globetrotting life of underwater movie making that has entertained and enlightened audiences with a fertile feast of novel images for a half-century. For a decade he eked out a living traveling the back roads of America showing his hand-spliced films. In 1965 Stan took his family to live and play in Tahiti. Success was launched when National Geographic purchased rights to their tropical odyssey. A stellar string of ventures followed beginning with his 1968 collaboration with Peter Gimbel on the shark classic Blue Water, White Death. Later he directed underwater photography for the film version of The Deep, followed by ten years of production work with friend Peter Benchley for ABC’s American Sportsman – in the process he garnered five Emmys. Sea Salt is the handiwork of a born storyteller with a flair for language as stoked with imagery and insight as his films. Liberally sprinkled with humor, verve and singular turns of phrase, his memories and selected writings deftly portray the joys and travails of living a full-bodied life.