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The Liquid Motion Underwater Film & Photo Academy Cozumel - Professional Industry Programs



"My Hollywood-based company specialises in underwater filming, and being up to date with all the latest and best skills are vital to my business. Liquid Motion's Guy Chaumette is considered by most as one of the very best Filmmakers in the profession. I was honoured to dive and film alongside him. He helped me hone my diving techniques, and he gave a me a new set of camera and film skills, that I will use for life. If you are looking for valued, trusted, completely professional cinematography training, Liquid Motion Academy is absolutely the only place to go...".
(Nigel Hudson, 2017)





Hollywood talent as diverse as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Ron Howard got their start at a film school. At The Liquid Motion Underwater Film School, our mission is you, realizing your dream, in your time, at your speed.

Welcome to the world of Professional Underwater Film.

Actors, Visionaries, Storytellers and Industry Professionals come to The Academy after studying at other film schools, or already working in the industry. Developing vital cinematic skills, equipment mastery and hands-on techniques, the Academy maintains focus on the importance of personal creativity, storytelling and art in a highly competitive business.

From shooting, acting, and getting camera operation and cinema housings 'in hand', to music, colour, developing style and editing; whether for TV broadcast, advertising, cinema, documentary, or professional underwater Camera work; there is no other film school in the world that provides such a fast, thorough, inspiring route to the top.

Private - Personal - Customized - One-on-One - Fast

Liquid Motion Film Academy is famous for its private, customized approach, that provides a very personal, direct route to success. The Academy accepts just one applicant at a time. Given its small size and emphasis on personal specialization, you learn fast, thoroughly, at your own unique level and pace.

All courses are adapted to your professional field, and the area in which you specialise. All instruction is private, one-on-one, hands-on, and completely customized to your goals, both underwater and on land.

Globally recognized - 30 years success

Academy clients learn privately with a highly awarded, globally leading Filmmaker, renowned Industry Mentor, and expert Diver, who has over 30 years global success in cinema, film, advertising, corporate and leading broadcast productions.

Real-World - Hands-On

The Academy's carefully selected location is only place in the world that provides such an inspiring film studio. The crystal turquoise waters of the beautiful Cozumel Marine Park are a perfect underwater paradise. A classroom which will motivate and delight, while you learn every skill, visualisation and requirement to be a fully-fledged Underwater Professional.

Art - Creativity - Inspiration - Power - Success

Powerful. Enriching, Exclusive. You will develop the style and power to move people. Make an Impact. And Touch lives. We encourage you to talk with us, to discuss your personal goals and the path to realizing your dream.




"What an incredible experience! My wonderful underwater Film Director Guy's level of expertise and attention to safety, from start to finish, let me easily trust him with my life and my performance. He helped me make memories of a lifetime. And the footage is absolutely unbelievable!..."
Kimberly Leemans, Actress, Los Angeles

"The Academy validated all of my dreams of becoming a top professional underwater cameraman. In addition, this unique approach humanized an industry, made me explore my personal creativity, go way beyond the footage i wanted to make and enter a creative realm i didnt even know i was capable of...." (read more)


A robust underwater course, designed to give a complete, hands-on experience in underwater shooting and provide the fundamentals of how to be a Professional Cameraman, underwater.

The art of Underwater Cinematography requires a profound knowledge of your camera, as well as an understanding of the intricacy of filmmaking. Composition, lighting, camera movement, angles, stability and the numerous necessary adaptions to an ever-changing aquatic realm are an integral part of the creative process required for good footage. Capturing behaviour, action and emotion really bring your shots to life.

Covering all aspects of shooting underwater, master your camera and produce the most exceptional footage, in this creative, artistically focused, no-nonsense approach. Let your camera become the tool, which responds perfectly to your vision. Achieve your underwater cinematography goals, with one-on-one, personalised support from one of the greatest Underwater Filmmakers of our time.

Five Specialty Modules

1. The Making of a Great Picture 4. Macro to Wide Angle
2. Camera Angles 5. Camera Moves
3. Light and Sound  


The Underwater Cameraman Certification Course consists of 5 Specialty Modules, workshops and 10 dives, one-on-one with Liquid Motion's internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning Cinematographer, who will personally assist, teach, instruct and share greatly valuable expertise before, during and after the dives. Each (one day) specialty module includes exclusive pre-dive coaching session, 2 dives with a 100% dedicated globally-acclaimed Filmmaker Instructor, post-dive de-brief & coaching.

Each module is customized, tailored and finaly adapted to fit your unique personal interests, experience, needs and career goals . All instruction is private, personal, and one on one - above water and below. New Cameraman, to Industry Pro.

Begin your Journey. Live it, breathe it, and work towards creating a legacy.





Ideal for those who want to specialise in nature and wildlife. Exclusive one-on-one training and instruction for professional CCR Cameramen. Learn how to be creative, get the best shots, handle and manage all the technicalities of your camera and housing, professionally, while managing your safety, buoyancy and rebreather at the same time. With 100% one-on-one, customized, top-notch film support and guidance.





A successful underwater professional requires several distinct skill sets including diving competence, underwater imaging experience, and underwater equipment familiarity. Gates STO Training focuses on the later, providing a curriculum of knowledge on the Setup, Test and Operation (STO) of Gates professional underwater imaging systems. Course goals are:

Proficiency in the setup of Gates underwater cinema housings;
Familiarity with on-location test tools and techniques for establishing housing seal integrity;
Basic operation of Gates underwater housings;
Camera specific considerations for the underwater medium: color, light, filtration and more.
Tips / tricks to assist the underwater cameraman / DP; and
Practical understanding of underwater optics: Port types, optical materials, selection and application
The Gates STO Training Certification sends the student forth as a Gates Ambassador with a resume skill to help secure work on TV / Cinema / Natural History productions, which of course benefit by avoiding downtime due to untrained equipment operators.

Two days Hands-on course with working industry professional.
*BEST SELLER Recommended*- Gates STO course combines perfectly with 5 days *Underwater Cameraman* course for complete hands-on underwater cinematography training*






It’s about the art of story telling.

An A-Z certification course, covering all topics ranging from workflow, editing techniques, colour correction and transitions to narration, sound and music, this is the ultimate no-nonsence pro editing course, allowing you to creatively turn your footage into stunning, artistic films.

Ten Modules:

1. First Cut 6. Edit with Stills
2. Colour Correction 7. Titling
3. The Cutting Room 8. Sound Editing & Foley
4. Image Control 9. Music
5. Effects 10. The Final Cut


Each (approximately half day) module is private instruction, one on one with award-winning Editor.
Beginner, Intermediate or Professional: all modules are customized and tailored to your unique experience, skill-set and goals.






Yes, you can do it. You can go all the way. Reach the professional level, without numerous semesters, years, and group classes. Visionaries, Storytellers, Artists - this is for you. This is how to get there, how to take it all the way. Be prepared, be connected, be ready, with this unparalelled access into to the Underwater Film Industry and all it has to offer.

This 4 part career-focused program is a full 'fast track' internship, a complete A-Z of becoming a professional Underwater Filmmaker. With a hands-on curriculum based on real industry workflow and an iconic underwater studio as your classroom, the course integrates technical knowledge with artistic exploration and creativity, and covers all aspects required to launch and sustain a career in the industry.

Pursue your passion, live your dream, and make it your life - on your terms. Bring your passion to the world. Write, Shoot, Direct. Promote, Network, Connect. Take control. Its time to tell your story.


10 modules/approx half day per module/5 days, with assignments. 
Implements a still image knowledge-base, which is vital for moving picture


10 modules/approx half day per module/5 days, with assignments. 
Implements image manipulation, includes a strong foundation for colour coordination & control (a must, especially for underwater filmmaking)


10 modules/ 20 hrs minimum, with assignments, on land.

5 modules/ 5 days / 2 dives per day, taking it all underwater.
Count a minimum 6 hours per day.


Total minimum time 80 hours. Recommended minimum 3 weeks. Ideal, 4 weeks. 100% personally tailored and completely customized, to fit Students unique areas and level of experience, and personal (career) goals.
Course can be taken in stages, or in full.
One on one instruction with internationally acclaimed Industry Pro Cinematographer & highly awarded Filmmaker (National Geographic, Arte, RAI, TVE, TF1, Bsoup, 3x Gold Medal, 3x Best Director, numerous x Best Film)
All instruction is private, personal, and one on one - above water and below.





"I learnt more in 10 days than I have ever learned myself in 50 years - and I did not even have to read a manual!..
The opportunity to learn what I did, wih the people I did, made the trip a once-in-a-lifetime event".....

(Steve Cohen USA)

"I chose Liquid Motion Academy over The L.A. Film School, because I wanted to learn more than just filmmaking; I wanted to learn the art of film - how to make a difference. It’s incredible how much I learnt in such a short time!. Everything about the teaching is tailored and adapted to you. The Academy gives you a totally different perspective towards every aspect of photography and film, while giving you the freedom to grow, create, and choose your own. It was so refreshing that I did not have to follow a schedule or adapt to anyone else's agenda. I highly recommend LMA to anyone, whether beginner or professional. It was a uniquely productive journey, and an amazing, highly personalized experience".
(Karan Saini, USA/Dubai)









“Creating something wonderful, in a passionate state of flow – these are some of the happiest moments of our lives"
"I unequivocally recommend these Career-based Photo Programs as a complete, professional and exceptional learning experience"..
Bob Hudak, USA.

"Liquid Motion Academy offers truly enlightened teaching, that raises the bar in professional  photography instruction and opens new vistas of where to take image-making, topside as well as underwater. Every detail was tailored to me, and focused always on what, to me, is most important. Across twelve days of image making, the pace was always tailored to my personal interests, aptitude and energy. Every single detail was tailored to me, and focused always on what, to me, is most important. There issimply no substitute..."
(Jeremy Cohen PhD)



A professional picture is a moment of creative genius, backed up by a flawless technique. Know your camera the way a painter knows his brushes. Manipulate light, depth of field and compose your image perfectly. Capture the emotions you want people to feel.

'The Fine Art Photographer is the absolute essential foundation to prepare for a career in photography, whether on land, or underwater. Challenging you to release your artistic voice and grow beyond the realms of anything you imagined, you will be inspired, discover your personal, creative style, and unleash your powerful inner Artist.

Ten Specialty Modules

1. The Making of a Picture 6. Creative Macro-Photography
2. Composition 7. Long Exposure
3. Depth of Field 8. Portrait
4. Point of View 9. Fashion
5. The Light 10. Street Photography

Private, land-based instruction, one on one with award-winning Fine Art Photographer Guy Chaumette. All instruction is private, personal, and one on one. Each module is customized, tailored and finaly adapted to fit your unique personal interests, experience and professional goals.






The Professional Underwater Photographer consists of 5 Specialty Modules and 10 dives, one-on-one with a globally acclaimed Photographer, covering all aspects of camera management, emotion, colour, feelings, lighting and considerations that are vital for a career in professional underwater photography. The course is customized, tailored and adapted to the various speciality areas of underwater photography - advertising, magazine, photo-journalism, underwater photographer, weddings, entertainment industry, creative director - to fit professional interests, achieve artistic freedom, creative excellence, and attain personal career goals.

Five Modules:

1. The Making of a great Picture 4. Macro  
2. Depth of field & Point of View 5. Wide Angle  
3. Lighting    

Five days/5 Specialty Modules/10 dives. Each module includes pre-dive coaching session, 2 dives with Photo Instructor, post-dive de-brief & coaching. All instruction is private, one on one, customized and tailored. Beginner, Intermediate or Professional.






You can go all the way. You can reach your professional dream, without numerous semesters, years, and group classes.

Learn the fine art of Photography, from topside to underwater. Prioritise your creativity and make photographs charged with emotion, that trigger deep feelings in the viewer.

This 3 or 4 part career-focused program is a full 'fast track' internship, the complete A-Z of becoming a professional Photographer, covering all aspects required for a career in Photography - with the option of taking it all underwater.

Pursue your passion, live your dream, and make it your life - on your own terms.


10 modules/10 hrs minimum, with assignments.

From street photography to fashion shoots, the fundamental basics to advanced, creative work, this section implements vital photographic knowledge, whilst enhancing artistic vision and creative image development.


10 modules/10 hrs minimum, with assignments.

Implements image enhancement and manipulation, including a strong foundation for colour coordination & control (a must, especially for underwater photography) and ultimate image mastery, to annihilate all boundaries of creativity.


5 modules/2 dives per module. Count 5 days/minimum 6 hours per day.

Part 3 is the ultimate development in underwater photography to step away from ‘fish ID’ and begin your unique creative underwater photography journey.
(Also covers camera, equipment handling, light management, different angles, marine life approach,non-destructive camera techniques).



The apogy of image creation. Unleash your creativity and step into fluo photography, painting, brush-art and beyond. From concept to delivery, create your own totally unique Works.


Total minimum time 50-60 hours. Ideal 2-3 weeks. 100% personally tailored and completely customized, to fit Students unique areas and level of experience, and personal (career) goals.
Course can be taken in stages, or in full.
One on one instruction with internationally acclaimed Industry Pro Photographer & highly award-winning Artist.
All instruction is private, personal, and one on one - above water and below.



"When I booked the one week Professional Underwater Photographer course with Liquid Motion Academy in Cozumel, I expected good instruction and diving practice - what I got was so much more. Guy is truly a teacher and an artist, whose passion for his work is clear. His professional experience and vast knowledge allowed me to learn fundamentals I needed, and then discover the underwater world in entirely new ways. From the well-organized academics, topside photography work, the underwater work and the outstanding Fish Behavior course, to VIP diving and executing the new techniques - I recommend taking this course for professionals all around the world. It isintense, enriching and absolutely excellent!".
(Jana Johnson June 2015)

“LMA revived my passion and enhanced my awareness of the world around me. Now, thanks to them, i see photo opportunities everywhere i look”
(Hugh Levin)




Everything we do is luxuriously tailored to you. To fit your personal schedule, your needs, and your goals. The Academy takes just one guest at a time. All instruction is private and customized to your unique personal experience, interests, wishes and goals.
(*In special cases, the Academy can accept another member to join your course/class, or provide a group instruction. Please contact us for a (free) consultation)

Welcome to a unique circle of individuals. To Freedom. Exploration. Passion and Art. Unwavering professional service and a truly luxurious experience.