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.
What You Learn
- How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
- The PADI SEA method for getting great shots quickly
- The three primary principles for good underwater photos
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.
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The Quick Facts
- Digital Photography Manual
- Use of basic scuba gear including wet suit and hood, BCD, regulator set, tanks and weights.
- Many of our students, especially in BC's winter months, choose to upgrade to a Drysuit Specialty for the ocean dives. If you are already certified as a Drysuit Diver, you can upgrade your gear package for a low rental fee.
Required Gear for this Course:
- Personal Gear Kit - including mask, snorkel, fins, gloves and boots. Rentals available.
- Advanced Gear Kit - including knife, whistle, surface marker, watch or dive computer. See our Advanced Kits for some great options!
- Specialty Kit - all divers must supply their own camera for this course. Rentals are available.
- Open Water certification
- You must have recent (within the last six months) cold water dive experience to join this program. If not, join us for a Scuba Tune Up to meet this requirement!
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.