Jim Aden has had a long and diverse career as a diver and underwater cinematographer. After four years in the U.S. Navy, during which stint he taught classes on dangerous marine life and hazardous environment diving, Jim attended and received certification in underwater film at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. He has worked as a commercial diver, gold diver, and underwater videographer for the Berkeley Film Group, doing training films for the Navy and Coast Guard, as well as research films for the Scripps institute of Oceanography.
For Third Coast Productions, Jim produced the Scuba World television series, shooting all the underwater video for the series. Having filmed in 17 countries around the globe, he has gained extensive experience in the Caribbean and Central and South America, and has amassed considerable know-how in dealing with foreign governments, resorts, airlines, dive operations, and eco-touristm-archaeological location filming.