PADI Digital U/W Photographer

PADI Digital U/W Photographer

Digital Underwater Photography, or DUP for short, is one of the most popular diving specialties. It gets you going quickly with modern digital photography equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot or a sophistiacted D-SLR like the professionals.


But what if you don’t know anything about digital underwater cameras? Well that’s not a problem. Many of our divers use the programme and the one-on-one time with our specialist tutor as a great launch pad to help them decide on the kind of camera equipment that best suits them and the type of photographs they are looking to take.


The best news is that with Aquasport you don’t even need to have your own camera as we can provide you with a state of the art digital underwater camera and housing for use on the programme at no extra cost!

To Start

How do I get started?

As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. A deposit of £50 is required to book your PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty. We will provide you with the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty manual for you to read prior to the start of your training.



What will I do?

During your programme you will cover the following:

  • Help you choose the right camera system for you
  • Demonstrate how to get great results quickly
  • Build on the three primary principles for good underwater photos
  • Setting up an underwater system
  • Basic photography tips
  • Why you don’t need a strobe
  • Tips for eliminating back scatter
  • Getting colour back into your images
  • An explanation of digital file formats
  • Post processing your images on your computer


You will have two days of intense digital underwater photography training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn the techniques mentioned above.


You will also complete a basic photography clinic in our on site training pool.


You will put into practice what you learn in a combination of skills in two open water training dives.



How long will it take?

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty takes place over one weekend. Starting on the Saturday you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Digital Underwater Photography programme as well as the photography clinic.


The Sunday will cover all the practical sessions during your two open water training dives.



What will I need?


The PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent is the prerequisite for the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty.


It is also advised that in order to get the most out of your course you consider completing your PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty prior to taking this course.


All standard scuba equipment requirements and the use of digital cameras are included in the price.


The minimum age for enrolment on this programme is 10 years.


You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.



PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty £245.


A £50 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.



Starting on a Saturday morning at 9am and continuing on Sunday for the experience dives.


Courses starting monthly. Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email


Where To?

Where can I go from here?

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty is a way for you to really improve your underwater photography skills. Digital Underwater Photography is a must if your next step is the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty or PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty.


Once you have completed five PADI specialties, the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.


Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.



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The Dive Centre,

Lincoln Road,

Solihull, B27 6PA

0121 706 6628

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