The PADI Digital underwater photography specialty course is a two-part introduction to digital underwater photography centred on today’s point-and-shoot digital cameras.


Immerse your love of digital photography and learn how to best capture those impressive coral reefs, the colour of marine life and the mystery and magic of wrecks in this fun and informative course.


The course covers the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine and Adjust) method of photography but it’s not all about how to take a picture, white balancing and using colour filters.


Your instructor will also guide you in equipment set up, maintenance, care, image resolution, using histograms, file formats and archiving your photos. This course is a fantastic idea before your holiday, making the most of your dive time and getting the best results whilst you’re away.


What do I need to start?

PADI Digital Underwater Photography Manual
White balance slate
Equipment hire (excluding camera)
PADI certification fee


What is not included?

Camera hire, which is available for £25
Travel expenses and entrance fees to the open water sites. Entrance fees are approximately £17 per day.
What will I do?
The course consists of a knowledge development session & 2 Open water dives which will cover:


Level One

?Camera equipment requirements
?Preparation of an underwater digital camera system
?Basic underwater photography techniques
?White balancing & colour filters
?Environmental considerations whilst taking underwater photographs

?Available to snorkelers, Open Water Diver students & certified divers


Level Two

?File formats & histograms
?Resolution settings
?Achieving the best contrast & colour
?Downloading & editing photographs
?Open to snorkelers & certified divers
Knowledge Development
Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with a PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of digital underwater photography.


Open Water Dives

Students must complete 2 Open Water dives to certify as a PADI Underwater Digital Photographer. During these dives you will cover the assembly/disassembly of camera systems, entry/exit techniques, white balancing, distant & close up shots, exposure, contrast, sharpness, achieving good colour and composition.


How long will it take?

The course will consist of a theory and pool session prior to going to Open Water. There will be two dives followed by a classroom debrief. Extra modules can be added by our resident photo pro who willencourage you to progress by setting and reviewing future goals.


What will I need?

Students must be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Junior Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.

Minimum age is 12.

All students must fill in a PADI Medical Questionnaire prior to participation.