Rusty Waters Sanoian Plus


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I was certified to dive in 1984 at San Carlos Beach in Monterey, California. 30 years later I am sitting at a desk that looks out on the beach I was certified at when I was a teen. Never thought I would move from the Sierra Mountains I grew up in to live on the beach! I spent 15 years Fighting Fires on Engines, hand crews and helicopters and back country law enforcement for the US Forest Service.

Exploring is my passion, I love to film in remote places but one of my favorite places to shoot is still at home in Monterey or Carmel Bay. When I lived in the Sierras I did not own a camera other than a Polaroid so I have very few pictures from the time I worked there, I have recently begun filming in the back country with my Jeep that allows me to haul a lot of camera gear to remote locations.

I work at Backscatter in Monterey, California the premiere underwater photo/video store in the world. If you have any questions send me an email, we are the first to take new cameras underwater and post our findings on our website at

Some of my past projects include filming the Andrea Doria and a section of the ship never before visited for the 50th anniversary PBS special “Secrets of the Dead, Sinking of the Andrea Doria” , I was also asked to film the underwater segments of “Freshwater Seas, Wrecks of the Great Lakes” for Detroit Television. I have worked with the BBC, CBC and CBS on films shot on location here in Monterey Bay.

Never stop exploring!

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  2. Lee Burghard
  3. Ryan Canon
  4. Jake Neusch
  5. Patrick Anders Webster
  6. Backscatter
  7. Simon Buxton
  8. Ron Lagerlof
  9. L Tabata
  10. NatureFootage
  11. John Collins
  12. joe platko
  13. Dustin Adamson
  14. Robert McIntosh
  15. alysha nett
  16. Jami Pellegrino
  17. Philip Bloom
  18. Tyler Ginter

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