To us, watermen are people who truly love the water and everything that has to do with the ocean. Salt water runs in their veins. They would rather be in or on the water than on land, comfortable enjoying it in whatever manner they can. Freediving, sailing, surfing, body boarding, diving, paddle surfing or swimming – they are passionate about the experience. They feel one with the ocean, respect all the creatures within and live in peace with their home. It is what connects them and it is what drives them. Together, they develop and use their watermen skills to educate, preserve and protect, ensuring future generations can experience the oceans the way they do.
Watermen are men and women who volunteer their breath-hold skills to assist scientists in their research on large marine animals. These apex predators are declining rapidly. In the case of sharks it’s due to the brutal practice of shark finning as well as the animals getting caught in permanent nets as well as abandoned nets and long lines. Sharks are highly migratory and have been around for millions of years, they keep the oceans balanced. The survival of the oceans depends on them.