The Historical Diving Society, USA has been awarded a grant by PADI Foundation for the preservation of the Stan Waterman Film Collection. The $6700 grant will cover the cost of digitizing 20,000 feet of 16mm film and producing a DVD library of Stan’s films. Stan donated his films to the HDS in November 2011.
The Waterman collection spans the years from 1958 into the 1970’s and include many notable locations and personalities. These films, which formed the core presentations for Stan’s years on the lecture circuit, include his family’s year living in Tahiti, early diving in the Cayman Islands, the Red Sea, and many other exotic locations. Such notable divers as Jaws author Peter Benchley, Aggressor Fleet’s Wayne Hasson, ocean scientists Sylvia Earle and Eugenie Clark, photographer David Doubilet, Peter Hughes, and Paul Human make appearances in the films. The Waterman films provide a time capsule view of early diving and dive travel. They were produced by one of the world’s most beloved underwater filmmakers, who, nearing the age of 90, still shares his love of the sea by lecturing and leading dive expeditions.
Stan’s donation of his film collection to the HDS, and PADI Foundations generous grant, will ensure that these films will continue to inspire and educate the diving public for years to come.