Living Legend

Pioneer underwater filmmaker Stan Waterman enjoyed his final dive the week after his 90th birthday. Though he is hanging up his fins, his fascination with the sea is never-ending.

With his typical wit and inspiring style, Stan spoke about his life-long love of diving during a private celebration hosted by the Aggressor and Dancer Fleet to honor the fleet’s 30 years of liveaboard diving. It was aboard the Cayman Aggressor IV that Stan made his last dive trip.

In over 60 years of diving, Stan has filmed everything from underwater scenes in Hollywood movies to documentaries for the National Geographic, winning numerous awards, including five Emmys for his ground-breaking work.

For those of us who are passionate about diving, there is nothing like a great dive story. Stan always has some of the best. And there are few people who speak as eloquently about our passion as Stan does.
Through the years at Rec Diving, we’ve talked with him about favorite dives and heard him speak enthusiastically about countless diving destinations, and it never fails that we walk away planning our next dive trip!
Rec Diving’s Mary K Benton and Diane Richards with Stan Waterman

Rec Diving meets the Dive Pirates Foundation

We love meeting cool divers like Sean Barr from the Dive Pirates Foundation.  Sean was at this year’s Diving Equipment Marketing Association (DEMA) Show, raising funds and awareness for an awesome cause.

Of course, we jumped at the chance to paint a few “Rec Diving” fish on the community canvas that the Dive Pirates Foundation will auction off at the group’s next big fund-raiser.  Our little fish were among the first, and then before we knew it…WOW!  Schools of all kinds of colorful fish, rays, eels, turtles you name it filled the canvas over the course of a few days.  Who knew so many divers could also paint?  Great fun!


Check out the Dive Pirates Foundation for more information on the volunteer group and to find out how you can join the effort!

FUN FACT:  Sean’s favorite dive is “Hammerhead Bay” in Hawaii.