The waterman is also considered humble and fun-loving around the ocean and onshore, while simultaneously being fearless, but respectful, of rough water conditions or big-wave surf. And, always, they retain a deeply embedded connection with the ocean and take safety in the water very seriously.
Watermen are also considered skilled in interpreting weather and tide information to decide the best water activity for the conditions. They also work to improve water resources, reduce water pollution, and protect the environment and water species from over-exploitation.
But it is a term that cannot be self-appointed. It is a honorific description that is entirely dependent upon the opinion of one's peer.
George Freeth of Hawaii, Duke Kahanamoku of Hawaii, and Johnny Weissmuller are examples of early 20th century waterman. Ky Hurst of Australia and Bruckner Chase and Kenny Rust of the USA are modern-day examples of watermen. Jordan Mercer of Australia and Grace van der Byl of California are examples of a contemporary waterwomen.
History of Lifeguards
- What Is A Waterman?
- George Freeth, The Man Who Could Walk On Water
- Michele Daschbach Fast Remembered And Honored
- Open Water Swimming
- Keeping Alive The Lifeguard Legacy Of John T. Goudy
- Chasing The Ocean Life For Those With Spinal Injuries
- Ocean City Swim Club Unified Team
- Swimming And Paddle Boarding With Spinal Injuries
- 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominees
- Jonathan Sharp Continues To Light Way
- Steve Minaglia, Pioneering Pailolo Two-Way
- Alooooha, Honolulu. No Kai Oi In The Open Water
- Stubby Was Studly
- Hadar Aviram Across The Sea Of Galilee
- 5 Dangerous Things To Let Your Children Do In Water
- Creating Transformative Ocean Experiences
- Schick Hydro Coolangatta Gold Pushes The Limits
- Bob Burnside, Missing The Beach And Leaving A Legacy
- Heading Around Huntington Beach
- Blue Journey, An American Samoa Documentary In Scotland
- World Open Water Swimming Association