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Sea Salt: Memories & Essays Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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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 Cussler’s 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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publications (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187834840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878348401
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A diver of legendary skill, a filmmaker, an explorer, a poet, and an observer of the world in which he has had both adventure and challenge, Sea Salt: Memories And Essays is a compendium of Stan Waterman's personal stories and experiences ranging from the destruction of his home on the coast of Maine by fire in 1994, through his discoveries of treasures and artifacts from beneath the sea and travels around the world, to his encounters on the Aegean Sea, the Amazon, Polynesia, the Solomon Islands, Aldabra, Cocos Keeling and the Turks. That's just the first half of his memoirs. The second half is a collection of his writings primarily drawn from his contribution to "Ocean Realm" magazine in the 1990s where he encountered whale sharks in Australia, sea creatures in the Caribbean, and stories from his various expeditions around the globe. Part travelogue, part autobiography, Sea Salt: memories And Essays is especially welcome reading for the armchair traveler during those long cold winter nights at home.
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Sea Salt is a different diving book. It's a collection of memories and essays by a man who has been diving for over 70 years. Seventy years! He's seen it all. Born in 1922, Stan Waterman grew up the son of a wealthy cigar manufacturer and is one of those rare individuals who, throughout his life, did as his dreams and love of the sea commanded him to do. Including such things as leaving his fiancee and her mother behind on a vacation trip when the lure of crewing on a fishing boat for several weeks became too strong. Or, on his honeymoon in the Mediterranean, going his own way exploring islands when he was "ready for a little of my own space and the adventure of lone travel." But Waterman is so disarmingly honest, so intent on telling his story, no holds barred, that we cannot help but root for him and his way of life. And that life, after a start in blueberry farming and a brief foray into running his own dive boat in the Bahamas, was spent on, around and under the sea, doing underwater filming all over the world whenever possible, and touring the country speaking and showing excerpts from his films during the winter. He still does that. And he still sponsors live-aboard tours.

Stan Waterman is one of the pioneering underwater videographers and photographers, and he was among the first to swim with sharks without the safety of a cage. He made groundbreaking films, such as the classic 1971 documentary Blue Water, White Death. He directed the diving photography of the movie The Deep. He won five Emmys for production work for the ABC show American Sportsman. But either he is so self-deprecating in his accounts, or so unaware of his own accomplishments, that he never exudes the scientific self-importance of a Jacques Cousteau or even much lesser diving luminaries.
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Simply put, Stan Waterman is to the ocean what Mark Twain was to the center of America, a story teller extraordinaire. I am hard put to think of any individual with a greater degree of underwater experience nor a more refined way of expressing tales of adventure. It combines tales of underwater adventures with stories of the life surrounding them along with honest, unabashed stories of his life in general. Stan is a true, old school gentleman and raconteur with an undeniable gift of gab. This is a great read.
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Stan Waterman's book, like the man himself, is a unique treasure. A raconteur of the highest order, Mr. Waterman is a tough-as-nails adventurer tempered by gentility and grace, and his prose drips with an eloquence that steps lightly across the line between hard-core adventure writing and fine literature. There are fine stories; there are stories finely told. Rarely are the two combined as Mr. Waterman has done.

Clay Coleman

Author: The Certified Diver's Handbook
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