liquid motion underwater photo film academy cozumel ABOUT PHOTO
british french


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 a highly trained Filmmaker and Instructor, considered by most as one of the very best 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 be able use for life. If you are looking for valued, trusted and completely professional cinematography training, Liquid Motion Academy in Cozumel 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.

Whether shooting, acting, or getting camera operations or cinema housings 'in hand', TV broadcast, advertising, independent filmmaking, or Underwater Cameraman for the Studios, 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

Famous for its private, customized approach, providing 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

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

Real-World - Hands-On

The only place in the world that can provide such an inspiring film studio - the crystal turquoise waters of the beautiful Cozumel Marine Park are an underwater paradise, 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 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.



"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...." (anon)

"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 (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 Motions 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.

Everything is about you. Your experience, your interests, wishes and goals. Each module is customized, tailored and finaly adapted to fit your unique personal interests, wishes, experience and goals. All instruction is private, personal, and one on one - above water and below.

New Cameraman, to Industry Pro level.

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





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 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.





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.

This 4 part career-focused program is a full 'fast track' internship, a complete A-Z of becoming a professional Underwater Filmmaker, covering 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. 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/ 2 dives per module, taking it all underwater.
Count 5 days of minimum 6 hours per day.


Total minimum time 80 hours. Recommended minimum 3 weeks. Ideal, 4 weeks. Can be taken in stages, or in full.
One on one instruction with internationally acclaimed Industry Pro Cinematographer & highly award-winning Filmmaker.
100% personally tailored and completely customized, to fit your unique experience, wishes, time and persona lcareer goals. All instruction is private, personal, and one on one - above water and below.




"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)

"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)







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.