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PADI Digital Underwater Photo Course


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The most popular diving specialties course. It’s easy and fun to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.

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

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

Because underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers, there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course too!



Through hands-on training during two scuba dives and guidance from your PADI Professional, you’ll discover:

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
  • The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly.
  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.

Get credit! The second dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.


Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a digital underwater camera and a computer or other device for downloading and viewing your images. Your PADI Pro may suggest additional equipment and accessories depending on your camera system. Stop by to get advice about everything you need for your underwater photography adventures.



Prerequisites & Requirements


Age Requirement
10 years or older
Course Prerequisites
Certified diver / Jr. OW Diver (or qualifying certification)


What’s Included in this course?

Digital Photo Certification Level One

For Snorkelers or Divers

  • Classroom Session
  • Pool session
  • Digital Underwater Photo manual
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Certification card

Digital Photo Certification Level Two

  • Classroom Session
  • Pool session
  • Two Open Water Dives with Instructor
  • Digital Underwater Photo eLearning
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Certification card

What’s not included in this course?

  • Scuba Gear rental: $60 one time fee for the entire course (BCD, Reg w/Computer, Tanks, Weights, Wetsuit)
  • You are responsible for providing your own scuba quality personal gear. Mask, fins, snorkel, boots & clips. Snorkel gear will not work for this course. Browse the shop now to see what’s available.