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Who should take this course?

The Digital Underwater Photographer course is open to any qualified diver, including those with a Junior Diver certification. To get the most out of the course you should be comfortable underwater and confident in your underwater buoyancy before adding a camera into the mix. Aside from these points, there are no other prerequisites for the course.

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialities, 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.


“Absolutely chuffed with how this weekend has gone, I’m filled with absolute gratitude towards you and Robin for sharing your knowledge with me and giving me such first-class tuition. Thank you so much!” 


Open Water & Dry Suit Diver Student

What will you learn?

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.
How can you start learning now?

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course can be run using the traditional course manual or with the Digital Underwater Photographer online eLearning option (add £50 for eLearning upgrade). This web-based course material guides you through the principles of great underwater photography, with a bonus section on underwater imaging (including video). You study at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Digital Underwater Photographer Manual for the course and after certification too.

What scuba gear will you use?

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a digital underwater camera and a laptop or other device for downloading and viewing your images. This course is best taken with your own camera so you can learn how to use the settings available to you, but if you haven’t taken the plunge and bought your own camera yet this course can be taken with a hire camera and we can provide advice when you are looking at making a purchase in the future.”

Hidden Depths Scuba School run two weekly pool dives around Bristol, primarily for scuba training, but also open to club members

Want to Join The dive Club?

How to join

Our dive club membership runs annually and is renewed every January.

To sign up for the dive club all you need to do is submit a Club Membership form along with your club membership fee of £45.

Updates are sent out through email, and you will have access to our members-only Facebook group which is ideal for arranging dives with other club members.