The PADI Digital underwater photography specialty course is a two-part introduction to digital underwater photography centred on today’s point-and-shoot digital cameras.

Immerse your love of digital photography and learn how to best capture those impressive coral reefs, the colour of marine life and the mystery and magic of wrecks in this fun and informative course.

The course covers the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine and Adjust) method of photography but it’s not all about how to take a picture, white balancing and using colour filters.

Your instructor will also guide you in equipment set up, maintenance, care, image resolution, using histograms, file formats and archiving your photos. This course is a fantastic idea before your holiday, making the most of your dive time and getting the best results whilst you’re away.

Diver Taking Underwater Digital Photographs With DSLR
Course Overview​

Level One

  • Camera equipment requirements

  • Preparation of an underwater digital camera system

  • Basic underwater photography techniques

  • White balancing & colour filters

  • Environmental considerations whilst taking underwater photographs

  • Available to snorkelers, Open Water Diver students & certified divers


Level Two

  • File formats & histograms

  • Resolution settings

  • Achieving the best contrast & colour

  • Composition

  • Downloading & editing photographs

  • Open to snorkelers & certified divers

Course Prerequisites

Knowledge Development


Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with your PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of the course material.

Confined/Open Water Dives


  • 2 Open Water Dives

Price Includes​

  • PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course Materials

  • PADI Certification Fee

Continue The Adventure...

Now that you have the techniques for taking fantastic shots, why not enhance your buoyancy skills during the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty. This will enable you to get that little bit closer to the wildlife for that perfect photo opportunity.

If you have completed 5 PADI Specialties & the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives, you qualify to register as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional diver rating within PADI.