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Diving Behind a Camera

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty course is one of the most popular diving specialties offered at Aquatic Adventures. Available to both snorkelers and divers, this course teaches the fundamentals of camera selection, camera techniques, and underwater lighting. Whether you plan to shoot with a simple point-and-shoot camera or DSLR, this course will help you learn how to take great pictures underwater.

What the Course Covers

In the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty course, you will learn how to: 

  • Choose the right underwater camera system
  • You will learn the principles of good composition of underwater images and practice these techniques for taking great pictures
  • Use the  PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great pictures - Your instructor will then take you on two scuba dives where you will use this technique

Best of all, you can count your photo experience as an Adventure Dive and get credit toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. So book a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer class today.


  • Any age for snorkelers or 10 years old for divers
  • PADI Junior Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another agency for divers
  • Logged open water dive within the last 3 months for divers, OR
  • Completion of the PADI ReActivate/Scuba Review course within the last 8 weeks

What’s Included in the Course Fee

Our course fee includes the following:

  • PADI Specialty manual and White Balance slate
  • Two or more classroom sessions
  • One snorkel dive for snorkelers, OR
  • Two open water dives for divers
  • Use of underwater cameras and lighting
  • PADI Specialty certification fee for Level One (Snorkelers) or Level Two (Divers)
  • Use of tanks and weights

What’s Not Included

  • We do not include course DVDs. Most PADI specialties require you to view a video. Check with one of our training consultants by calling (262) 938-6827 to find out if this course requires you to view a DVD. If so, you can elect to purchase a DVD from Aquatic Adventures or come to the store to watch the video prior to your classroom session or open water dives.
  • We do not include personal gear (mask, snorkel,  boots, and fins) as you should have purchased these items during your Open Water Diver course. There is a student discount on purchasing these items when you buy from Aquatic Adventures if you do not own them. See our How to Purchase Mask, Snorkel, Fins page for more information or calls us at (262) 938-6827.
  • We do not include basic life support equipment. If you do not own your own wetsuit or dry suit, regulator, or BCD, we do provide a discounted student rate for you to rent these items. Ask your training consultant at the time of registration what these rates will be. Standard rental rates can be found on this website on our Rent Scuba Equipment page.
  • We also do not include entrance fees to dive sites or Lake Michigan charter fees. A discounted charter rate is available for students upon request. Students are encouraged to book their Lake Michigan charter when registering for classes conducted on Lake Michigan. Boats do fill up and all spots are issued on a first come 


Dates for upcoming classes are provided below. If these dates do not work, select the 01 JAN class. Someone from our staff will call you to arrange another date. Customized schedules can be arranged for an additional fee. 

    Start Date Course Type End Date Max. Places Places Available   Price    
01 Jan 2024 Digital U.W. Photographer Specialty 01 Jan 2024 8 6 US$ 221.05

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