Successful Digital Underwater Photographer


Successful Digital Underwater Photographer 


Many divers own their personal digital camera and enjoy taking photos of the underwater world. With many pictures not looking the way they were intended, there is a rising need for information with respect to the use of digital....


Who can participate? 

Many divers own their personal digital camera and enjoy taking photos of the underwater world. With many pictures not looking the way they were intended, there is a rising need for information with respect to the use of digital underwater cameras.

With so many divers taking a digital camera underwater, you can expect questions on photo related subjects in your day-to-day work as a dive guide or instructor. To provide you with the knowledge needed to respond to those questions, PADI created the “Digital Underwater Photography Workshop”, which will make you a “PADI Digital Photo Pro”– the intent is just to make you more professional in your day-to-day work.

What will you learn during your course?

There is a 2-step PADI specialty course to fill the information gap. This program covers automatic photography without the use of artificial light. You will learn about the possibilities of a point-and-shoot camera, how to use manual white balance, ISO settings and color correction filters. You will also learn how to use histograms, about some important features of file-formats, resolution, picture composition, sorting and organizing.

With the first part of the workshop as a base, it is easy to expand your qualifications to become a “Digital Underwater Photography Instructor”, allowed to teach Level 1 and 2 courses. After the workshop we will continue with the instructor part, which will also take a complete day. We will do another practical session (this time in open water) and will use the pictures taken during that dive to learn how to evaluate pictures and how to give hints, tips and advice to improve results in following dives. Both the level 1 and 2 courses use the automatic functions of the digital camera and do not require an enormous amount of knowledge on photography principles – the courses are easy to handle and easy to teach.

The workshop covers the following features:
Course Structure and Standards
Digital Photography Knowledge
Market Knowledge
Business Planning

After completion of the workshop and 2 dives the participant can apply for the Specialty Course Instructor status. Minimum certification level to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course is a PADI Divemaster. PADI Divemasters and Assistant Instructors can qualify to become a “PADI Digital Photo Pro”. With this qualification they can conduct “Discover Digital Underwater Photography” (Level 1) and “Digital Underwater Photography” (Level 2) under supervision of a PADI Instructor.

As a diving professional, you have hardly any other choice than to improve your knowledge of digital underwater photography – a digital camera is slowly becoming a “standard” piece of diving equipment, just as a BCD or a mask. Your clients will expect knowledge of “all standard equipment items” and will not understand when a professional knows all about a BCD, but little about digital cameras.


How long does it take and how much does it cost ?

Duration: 1,5 - 2 Days

399 €

If you wish, you can now go ahead and book your course online. By clicking on the “Book online” button you will leave our website and will be transferred to our secure booking option.


  Please note: Professional level course prices do not include any rental of diving equipment, any PADI materials or PADI fees. They include transportation to and from the dive sites in one of our air-conditioned mini-buses and/ or boat.
  Extras: PADI educational materials and diving equipment can be purchased from the Happy Divers shop. Special equipment hire packages available for the duration of the programs.


Do you want a Job afterwards?


Then you should also consider:  

To make you even more interesting for possible employers you should not stop your education here. It is highly recommended to proceed in one go to Master Scuba Divers Trainer. Please consider the following instructor courses:

5 Instructor Specialty Courses

PADI Enriched Air Instructor
PADI Deep Instructor
PADI Sidemount Instructor
PADI UW Navigation Instructor
PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor



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