PADI Digital Underwater Photographer

Advances in digital underwater photography & videography has made it easier and more fun than ever. Learn how to capture images to share with friends and family!

Avoid the frustration of learning underwater imaging through trial and error. The PADI Digital Underwater Imaging manual shortens the learning curve with tips and hints from the pros.

1. Course overview

You’ll get to complete the course over 2 dives, with the knowledge development carried out through PADI e-Learning in your own time.

You already need to be a PADI Open Water diver (or equivilent certification from another training agency), and you need to be at least 10 years old.

2. What you'll learn

You’ll learn how to choose the right underwater camera system for you, along with the PADI S.E.A method for getting great shots quickly, plus the three primary principles for good underwater photos.

You’ll also get to use an underwater photography system, learn strobe diagrams for a variety of effects (including tips for eliminating backscatter), adn explanation of the various digital file formats (including how to bring back the colour in your images).

3. Equipment

Unlike our introductory courses, you’ll either need to provide your own scuba kit, or hire some from us for the duration of your course. If you want to look at purchasing your own, we’d be happy to help you also.

As a minimum, you’ll need a mask, snorkel, fins, buoyancy compensating jacket (BCD), scuba regulator, and the instrumentation to monitor your depth and air supply. You can hire cylinders from us, or bring your own in-test cylinders with you to be refilled at the dive site.

You’ll also need adequate exposure protection for the conditions you’ll be diving in (this could be a wetsuit or drysuit) to keep you comfortable on your dives. If you dive in a dry suit, you need to ensure you have the correct training for this too.

Some courses may require additional equipment, depending on the individual course requirements.

Any equipment you provide yourself must be in a serviced, well-maintained and safe condition. No exceptions!

4. Learning materials

We will send you any e-Learning materials needed for your specialty course, which will take you to the registration area of the PADI site. This teaches you the background information you need for your course, and allows you to study at your own pace.

You can complete this on pretty much any device with an internet connection.

Some courses also have physical learning content, which we can give you once you’re enrolled.

Ready to start?

You can book and pay for your course with us online, either for yourself or someone else. We’ll send over any e-Learning content to your email, and we can then work with you on suitable dates and times for any in-person sessions.

We have availability throughout the year, although if you have specific dates or a timeline in mind, please check with us first.

Your next adventure...

Some of the most dramatic photography involves shipwrecks and their surrounding ecosystem, so why not check out the PADI Wreck Diver! This will teach you the necessary skills to safely dive these underwater wonders and bring back some fantastic images.

You might also want to think about the PADI Enriched Air Diver course too, where you’ll learn how to breathe EAN, or ‘nitrox’, up to 40% oxygen content. This can help extend your diving times to get the perfect shot!

And if you want to do both these brilliant courses, we can even combine these 3 great specialities into one awesome package: “The Elite Diver”.

The Stellar Crew

We have a very straightforward philosophy; we are totally committed to ensuring you – our customer – have the best, safest and most enjoyable experience possible. It’s as simple as that!

Here at Stellar, we all love to scuba dive, and we love to have fun doing it. We absolutely want you to feel the same way when you dive with us.

We can very proudly boast that we’re a PADI 5-star Instructor Development Centre. Put simply, this means we also train the trainers – so naturally we take our education of safe diving very seriously. You’re in safe hands, and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process too.