Digital Photography

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

Photo Diver


This course is offered on request. Just call us to book your session.

We will offer this course with a minimum of two students.


Course Curriculum

Before the Program Begins

When you sign up for the course, we'll make arrangements for you to come into the store to pick up your student package which includes your learning material. At that time, we will also review the Required Forms and get you fitted for gear. We encourage you to pick up your student package at least 14 days before your course begins as you will want to complete the learning material prior to your first classroom session.

Class Session

We host the classroom session(s) at the store, prior to your ocean dives. You must have completed your knowledge reviews along with any other required course forms prior to your first classroom session. This is also a good opportunity to purchase any required gear for the course that you may not already own. Finally, if you haven't been fitted for gear or made your rental booking for your dives, we can take care of this during the classroom session. Classroom sessions typically run from 7pm to 9pm, however, you should check the specific course schedule for your program.

Rental Gear Pick Up

While most rental gear is included in our programs, you will still need to make a gear booking to ensure that you get the specific gear and sizes you require for your course. The earlier you make this booking, the easier it is to accommodate your needs. In addition, you will need to pick up your gear, the day prior to your ocean dives. We do not transport gear to the site. We are open on Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

Ocean Dives

Finally, you are ready to head to the ocean! You will complete your dives at one of our local training sites. Meet time is typically 8am at the dive site, however, you should confirm this with your instructor at the classroom session.

At the site, you will be assembling and disassembling your own equipment before, after and between dives. Each dive is briefed and debriefed and logged and lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. The day is usually wrapping up by late afternoon and we return to the shop each day to complete our log books and change tanks or put away gear.


What gear will you need?

We Provide:
  • Digital Photography Manual
  • Use of basic scuba gear including dry suit and hood, BCD, regulator set, tanks and weights. If you don't already have your drysuit specialty, you will need to take the Drysuit Specialty or provide your own wetsuit (must be suitable for conditions).
You Provide:
Personal Gear Safety Gear Specialty Kit
  • mask
  • snorkel
  • fins
  • gloves
  • knife
  • dive computer
  • whistle
  • compass
  • surface marker
  • camera

    Course Prerequisites

    You need to have completed your Open Water and Drysuit certifications (or have your own wetsuit suitable for conditions) to enroll in this program.

    PADI courses are progressive and build on your previous dive experience. For all of our PADI courses, we require that you have recent cold water diving experience to enroll. To determine if you need additonal experience, select the option below which best describes your dive history:

    I have been cold water diving in the last six months.

    Great. You are ready to join us on this course.

    I have been cold water diving but it was between six and twelve months ago.

    No problem! Come out for a Local Fun Dive to brush up on your cold water technique.

    I have been diving in the last year - but it wasn't cold water.

    We can help. Join us for a Discover Local Dive experience to learn about the differences between diving in the warm water and local conditions.

    It's been more than a year since I have been in the water.

    We understand! Come out and get Reactivated!

    I'd like to speak to someone about the best way to get ready for this course.

    That's why we are here. Just call and we will help you choose the right first steps.


    The Fun Part

    It's a great way to relive the adventures you've had. Plus capture images to share with your friends and family.

    Your Next Adventure

    Two excellent specialties to pair with underwater photography are the PADI Enriched Air Diver course, and the PADI Dry Suit Diver course on your way to PADI Master Scuba Diver The PADI Enriched Air Diver course allows you to extend your time underwater so you have more time to capture images. In cooler climates, a dry suit allows you to dive comfortably longer, and to make more dives.

    You may also find the Peak Performance Buoyancy course gives you helpful tips to optimize your weighting and skills so you'll be in better position to capture that perfect picture.

    Course Fee: $250