Rusty 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 Mountains I grew up in to live on the beach! I spent 15 years jumping out of helicopters into forest fires, working on hand crews and back country law enforcement for the US Forest Service

I was competing at the Sea Otter Classic (Mt Bike race) in Monterey one year and saw some technical dive gear and a Fire was started. I signed up for an advanced Nitrox class and started my progression in technical diving which lead to Mixed gas Closed Circuit Rebreathers and eventually I started shooting underwater photo & video.

My passion is filming on deep wrecks, caves of Florida and Cenotes of Mexico, I love exploring new places but one of my favorite places to shoot is still at home in Monterey or Carmel Bay. We have offshore pinnacles that are easily accessible with my Dive X DPV's and can be reached from shore. Most of the offshore pinnacles are deep and rarely visited, the scooters allow me to move from site to site easily and quickly when filming. I am most happy in the water and try to dive on a weekly basis.

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 recent 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, anything worth doing is worth overdoing, moderation is for cowards...

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  2. Backscatter
  3. Simon Buxton
  4. Ron Lagerlof
  5. L Tabata
  6. NatureFootage
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  9. Dustin Adamson
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  12. Jami Pellegrino
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