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SDI Underwater Photographer

The SDI Underwater Photographer Diver Course is designed to introduce divers to the equipment, techniques and procedures necessary to take underwater photographs, and allow the student to experience and discuss many areas of interest to the underwater photographer.

  • The certified diver looking for more information regarding the use of underwater photography for scuba diving, and wanting bring back many memories of their underwater adventures to share with family and friends
  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

The SDI Underwater Photo Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Underwater light
  • Film considerations
  • Digital
  • Camera use in association with scuba
  • Photographic subjects
  • Care of equipment
  • Use of colour positive films
  • Digital software

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

  • Familiarise with the equipment and proper handling of equipment
  • Composition to be considered at a beginning point of view
  • Plan Dive
  • Suitable Entry (care to be taken with camera & additional equipment; these may be passed to diver once in the water in conditions & environment allows it)
  • Situational awareness (depth, time, air consumption and buddy awareness)
  • Photography of subjects as planned
  • Conservational awareness
  • Conduct safe ascent and safety stops
  • Exit
  • Dive a different site to experience different
    • Marine subjects, Additional light considerations, Wide colouring
  • Maintain safety while within the water environment and attaining good quality subjects
  • Both photograph both still and moving life subjects if possible
  • Discuss with instructor helpful hints on how to improve photos

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in Underwater Photo diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

Also, the SDI Underwater Photo Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the SDI Advanced Diver Development Program.

  • Complete all open water requirements efficiently
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

Further information from SDI on this course;

Course Overview

Course Standards

What’s included in the course fee?

  • Cylinders & Air fills
  • All supervision/training
  • eLearning when available

What’s not included in the course fee?

  • Additional manuals
  • Additional or remediation dives
  • Additional kit hire

View our current price list here.

If you require further information or wish to book your next course please get in touch.