PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Course



Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it is more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.


Mission Statement:

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. However, taking good photos underwater is not as easy as it may seem and often amateurs give up because of frustration and lack of opportunities to practice their photographic skills underwater.

This is why there are two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI 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 course designed for conventional film equipment.

Most photos are worth a thousand words. Underwater ones are worth at least a million. – Stephen Frink

This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver Rating.

Course Programme Highlights:

During your course programme, Academy divers will complete the following:

PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Course Outline:

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

To complete your PADI Underwater Photography Diver Course (UWP) you will hone your skills by completing various skills in preparing, shooting & editing underwater.

Both variations on the course options include:

  • The PADI S.E.A. method for getting great results
  • Principles for good underwater photos
  • An explanation of the various digital file formats and capturing
  • How to bring back the colour in your images and prepare accordingly

Option 1 (1x 4 hour Confined Water Dives Included):

  • A pool based entry level course run over 2 hours. This is a great option for anyone just wanting to get to grips with the essential basics of underwater photography.

Option 2 (1x 2 hour Confined Water Dives, 2x Open Water Dives):

  • 1 pool dive and 1 open water dive.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Digital Underwater Photographer course.

Underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers and there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course.

If you’ve earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher, and you’re at least 15 years old, you can enroll in the Deep Diver course.

Academy Divers have exclusive access to our My Classroom e-Learning facilities alongside PADI Materials access to combine with their dive skills in both confined and open water environments.

What's Included

  • All relative PADI course materials
  • Sunken Dreams My Classroom e-Learning Media
  • Scuba Diving related training aids
  • Scuba Diving Equipment suitable for the the Programme
  • Professional Dive Instructor & Tuition
  • Liability Forms, Relative Paper Work
  • Academy Membership Update
  • Examinations
  • PADI PIC Card certification (only for ‘full’ programmes or where stated)
  • Completed paperwork and pre-dive administration
  • Sunken Dreams Member(s) of Staff Account Manager
  • Full PADI Diver Certifications

What's Not Included

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Age Requirements

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Course Type

Theory and 2 Dives, Theory Only