The Watermen Project

lbl_community_org_type_npongo in Switzerland, Geneva

Switzerland, Geneva
The Watermen Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation and awareness with a focus on sharks and other big pelagic fish. Founded by William Winram, the Watermen are freedivers who volunteer their breath-hold skills to assist scientists in their research by tagging, collecting biopsy samples or taking photos.
Route du Pont-Butin 70, 1213 Petit-Lancy, Geneva, Switzerland
On the day this experience was captured on video - by myself and Nicolas Larguèze - I was awestruck as I swam next to this great white eye-to-eye. I still remember its every movement: the way the powerful tail stroke so effortlessly propelled her through the water - I remember remarking to myself that she was barely moving her tail fin and yet moving so fast as I was finning as fast as possible and barely able to keep up. Her deep blue eye was scanning back at me from time to time, wondering what I was and what I was doing. Footage by William Winram, Nicolas Largueze, Sound & Vision Prod. Music by Music by Jesse Armerding - Edit by Lukas Waterman, Michèle Monico #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #sharks #moment #greatwhiteshark #apnea #freediving #adventure #explore #conservation #ocean #sea #awecommon.seeMore
When was your last adventure? A true adventure. An experience that got you out of your comfort zone. Something that stimulated all of your senses and opened up new horizons. Many Watermen and Waterwomen have joined us on expedition and when they left something had changed. Some viewed sharks in a different light. Some viewed the ocean and nature in a different light. And some even went back and changed their lives in profound ways, such as pursuing career or moving to foreign countries. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #shark #expedition #adventurecommon.seeMore


"Every time you dive, you hope you'll see something new - some new species. Sometimes the ocean gives you a gift, sometimes it doesn't." James Cameron #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #shark #ocean #divecommon.seeMore

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The average human takes 550,000,000 breaths over the course of a lifetime. Blue sharks travel through the entire Atlantic Ocean, several times during their lives. A journey made of brutal storms, ripping currents, scarce deserts of open blue, imposing predators, menacing hooks and thousands of miles... With millions of fin strokes, blue sharks make every single one of them count. They have to, in order to survive. Swimming side by side with this shark, both species dedicating a few breaths and strokes to investigate each other, it was a lesson for us. Make every breath count. For you, and for whatever cause you dedicate your life to. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #sharks #nature #cause #breath #blueshark #ocean #freediving #conservation #atlanticcommon.seeMore
It is rare to see Great Hammerhead Sharks swimming at the surface and interacting with divers. With their hammer-shaped head they are perfectly adapted to hover and cruise over the sandy bottoms in the search of food, but are extremely capable to perform complicated maneuvers with sharp turns. Only the most curious and confident sharks will meet our freedivers at the surface. When they do it's always a special occasion, because these individuals come really close and don't shy away from cameras. It's a privilege to work and interact with these majestic species and help protect it for future generations. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #sharks #diving #freediving #bahamas #greathammerhead #hammerhead #shark #science #tagging #bimini #adventure #ocean #MakeASplashcommon.seeMore
If you had told a human being 300 years ago that you were diving in the open ocean, 20 meters below the surface, on a single breath of air, eye to eye with a creature that has a wingspan of 4.5 meters, they would have declared you as a crazy person. It is the first time in history when these kinds of encounters are accessible to a lot of people, and strangely enough we are already about to loose this opportunity, because of our overexploiting of the oceans. If you are a diver or freediver enjoying these animals for recreation, try and contribute to manta, ray and shark research. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #freedive #freedivers #ocean #conservation #sharks #mantaraycommon.seeMore

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The ocean is not a place. It is a process. To understand it, we have to discover it. Over and over and over again. Yes, we have revealed secrets about sharks and their relatives. But we have also discovered a whole series of new questions. And scientists will continue to do so for a very long time. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #shark #expedition #science #freediving #exploration #ocean #seacommon.seeMore
Searching for sharks during a tagging expedition is an incredible experience. It takes patience, patience and a lot more patience. And the ocean is to be trusted as it is full of surprises. The old waiting game was rewarded during this tagging session with huge fish schools passing by. Searching and waiting are fundamentals for amazing underwater encounters. Whether you are a beginner or advanced diver, remind yourself that you are in the ocean - not in a theatre. Just because you bought a ticket, doesn't mean you get to see the movie. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #shark #conservation #diverscommon.seeMore


"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." - Henry David Thoreau #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #sharkcommon.seeMore


Definition of power: "The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events". As the true ruler of the sea, the mere presence of the white shark alters its surroundings. Hiding. Following. Mesmerizing. Fleeing. Without a single action, the sharks position in the kingdom is clear. We need to understand that top predators serve an important purpose. There absence may have dire consequences for every being connected and dependent on the sea. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #sharks #whiteshark #power #nature #ocean #human #sharkweek #predators #king #presence #sea #diving #underwater #photography #awe #science #planet #earth #inspiringcommon.seeMore
Besides our scientific field work efforts we try to communicate the true nature of sharks to the largest audience possible. At times sharks can be ferocious predators, but then they can also have a gentler side. A respectful interaction is possible, only if the power, size and behavior of the shark is respected at all times. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #science #sharks #conservation #naturecommon.seeMore
The art of freediving has always been at the heart of our work. We firmly believe freediving is one of the best ways for people to explore the underwater world, but also to fall in love with it. #WatermenProject #WilliamWinram #Freediving #Apnea #Underwater #Freedivercommon.seeMore

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