liquid motion underwater photo film academy cozumel

liquid motion private pro underwater film training

Cinema - Broadcast - Commercial - Entertainment Industry - Pro


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 Filming.

Whether shooting, acting, getting camera operations or cinema housings 'in hand', TV broadcast, advertising, filmmaking, wildlife, independent work, or shooting underwater scenes for the Hollywood 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 generally accepts just one applicant at a time. Given its small size and emphasis on personal specialization, guests learn fast, thoroughly, at their 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. Develop the power to move people. To touch lives, with your underwater imaging.

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

"The Academy validated all of my dreams of becoming a professional underwater cameraman. I became a great UW cameraman, and in addition, Guys unique approach humanized an industry, made me explore my personal creativity, go way beyond the footage i wanted to make and enter acreative realm i didnt even know i was capable of...." (anon)

We encourage you to talk with us, to discuss your personal goals and the path to realizing your dream.




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.

*Recommended* - Gates STO Course combines perfectly with 5 days *Underwater Cameraman* course for a complete hands-on underwater experience*.


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. The ever-changing light, colour and ambiance of the aquatic realm require a constant adaptation. Understanding and capturing action, behaviour and emotion bring your footage to life.

Covering all aspects of shooting underwater with an artistic focus, from camera and housing, to technique, master the creative process required for shooting exceptional underwater footage. Achieve your underwater cinematography goals, with personalised support from a famous Expert.

Five Modules - five days:

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

Each (one day) module includes pre-dive coaching, 2 dives with Private Film Instructor, post-dive de-brief & coaching. All instruction is one on one with award-winning Cinematographer, adapted, customized and tailored to your unique personal experience, interests and goals. 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. A luxury, exclusive service, for rebreather divers, away from bubbles, just pure, watery silence. Learn how to handle and manage your camera and housing, professionally, while managing your safety, buoyancy and rebreather at the same time. With 100% one-on-one support.

The Academy can organise your O2 and diluent, softnolime and bailout, provide assistance with your equipment and organise your dives, as well as your own private boat , to make ultra long dives in the stunning marine park. Dive Cozumel on CCR with full support, and your own private, professional, VIP rebreather - film guide.

30 years globally catering to high-profile individuals, professionals, 5-star resorts and private yachts


First Class, exclusive diving - A true luxury service, which starts by understanding your needs and desires, and is meticulously planned, to deliver the private diving of a lifetime. No crowds. No rules. Just You.

"From the perspective of a Cameraman who has also served on a major research university's science diving safety board and who initially earned an underwater instructor rating in 1975, its worth noting that Guy is exactly the private diving buddy you always hope for — safe, professional, and even underwater, always there with an ever-encouraging smile. Thank you".....
Jeremy Cohen, PhD


Whether Acting in an underwater role, Cameraman for a major production, Professional looking to hone your cinematography skills or new Cameraman looking to enter the Industry, we will guide you, towards fulfilling your dreams, on your personal, private journey.





"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


Everything we do is luxuriously tailored to you. To fit your personal schedule, your wishes, your needs. The Academy takes just one guest at a time. Our work is private and targeted to complement and enhance your unique experience, skill set, wishes, and goals.

(*In special cases, the Academy can accept another guest to join your course/class, or provide a group instruction. Please contact us for a (free) consultation)