Dean is an extremely passionate Underwater Cinematographer based in Adelaide South Australia.

He is currently working on an exciting new Netflix natural history series called ‘Oceans’ as an Underwater Cinematographer. Dean is also currently working with Dr Richard Harris on an independent documentary film about the relationship between the land and fresh water cave systems in South Australia’s south east, as well as his own natural history style film around the unique lives of our local endemic Leafy Sea Dragons. Recently Dean has become the first to film a baby Leafy Sea Dragon seconds after it emerged from its egg.

Dean has previously worked on productions such as The Discovery Channels Shark Week Abandoned Waters episode, National Geographic’s Wild Series, Channel Nines Travel Guides TV Show, numerous documentary series with WildBear Entertainment, Nat Geo Shark Fest 2022 as well as a BBC documentary about climate change and the ocean.

Dean began following his passion in 2012 working mostly with macro subjects where his passion grew into filming all types of underwater animal behaviours, big and small. Dean now specialises in Documentaries and the Natural History of our Oceans, and has the unique talent and patience required to capture rare and endemic marine life behaviours that can be new to science. In 2021 Dean invested in a JJ-ccr closed circuit rebreather system allowing him to get closer and stay longer allowing him to get the shot.

Dean has extensive experience and knowledge with local South Australian endemic and rare Marine Life as well as many tropical species around the world.

He owns and maintains a GATES Deep Weapon with Red Gemini Underwater Imaging System, as well as a JJ-ccr closed circuit rebreather and is a PADI Dive Master, with both deep and nitrox specialties. Full gear list can be found on the equipment page.

List of significant diving qualifications:

  • PADI DiveMaster #384908
  • JJ-CCR TDI air-dil deco #1277943
  • JJ-CCR TDI 60m trimix diver #1278384

A selection of Dean’s recent footage samples can be found on the Show Reels page.

To discuss availability and rates please Contact Dean.

Dean Spraakman
Dean underwater with camera
Dean on JJ-CCR