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.
Level One - Is suitable for Snorkelers or divers and consists of a classroom session and a single dive (open water or pool) where they will learn the basics of camera operation and photography and then put these skills into practical use. The instructor will give in water feedback and advice with the students taking pictures in different orientations and using different settings.
Level Two - Prerequisite for Level 2 is Level one and consists of an open water scuba dive with an instructor followed by a classroom session in post processing and critique (Note: this is an open water program and may not be done in the pool).
Note: You must take both Level 1 & 2 to qualify as a specialty towards Master scuba diver.
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
- Students must be certified Open Water Diver for the Level 2 course
The Gear You Use
Students will use full scuba gear if doing a dive, if they are snorkelling, then they will need a mask, fins and a snorkel. Students will all need a camera of course! We have rental gear available, which is 50% off for students.
Learning Materials You Need
Students will read through the PADI Underwater Photography Manual prior to class.
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 a better position to capture that perfect picture.
For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the DIVE SOURCE Team members.
Do You need a Camera? - Yes.. Still cameras are still prefered over Go Pro's unless the go pro or other action cam has a video screen back. However be aware they are better as Video devices than still image cameras, which give you more creative control.
Camera Rental - Dive Source has Cameras available for rental and student buddy pairs may share a single camera but it is best for each person to have there own.
Strobes/ UW flashes/Video light - Strobes and Video Lights are a great accessory and do improve underwater photos greatly, however they are not manditory for the class.
Buying a Camera - If you are considering buying and underwater camera or are thinking of purchasing a housing or strobe Dive Source has considerable knowledge in this area so come see us.
Do you need Level One and Level Two? - How far you go is up to you. There are two levels as it allows both snorkelers and divers to gain skills with an experianced instructor/UW photographer and then optionally go deeper into the skills in open water conditions in Level 2
Level 1 also allows us to offer the course in the winter months as it is pool based.