Digital Underwater Photography - More Info

What does it cover?
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course Online includes all the knowledge development requirements for the course. If you want to take digital photos and video underwater this course will teach you how. In the first two sections, the focus is primarily on still photography – whether you take digital still images with a camera or camcorder. Section Three covers some specific tips on how to image quality underwater video with digital cameras.

Who can benefit from completing the course?
The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to use a digital camera or video underwater and also helps improve the skills and knowledge of those who already have some experience with underwater digital imaging. The course is open to snorkelers and certified divers of all levels.

Snorkelers and scuba divers may be certified as PADI Digital Underwater Photographers upon completion of the skills portion of the course.

What are the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course prerequisites?
Snorkelers can enroll in the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Level One course. For PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Level Two you need to be a certified diver, at least 10 years old, and fit for diving. Anyone at least 10 years old may enroll in the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer online program.

How does it work?
After enrolling, PADI's eLearning® system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you check understanding of the presented information before moving on. This lets you go through the program efficiently and at your own pace. End-of-section exams verify your mastery of the entire topic and are automatically scored.

What else is required to complete the course?
Prior to certification as a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Level One, you must complete a photo dive in a pool, confined open water or open water with a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor. The Level One certification is open to snorkelers and the certification card issued for that level will state that it is a non-diving certification level. For PADI Open Water Diver course students who have completed all, water skills, or divers who are already certified, certification as a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Level Two requires you to complete a second photo dive in open water. Contact your PADI Dive Center or Resort to schedule these sessions.

What does it cost?
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course online segment is the course amount nonrefundable. Your PADI Dive Center or Resort will charge an additional fee for photo dives. Contact your PADI Dive Center or Resort regarding these additional costs and equipment requirements.

How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?
The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration. Though you must finish the online portion of the course within that time frame, you will have perpetual access to an online version of the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer manual.

What is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete this eLearning program?
The PADI Underwater Photographer Course online will take approximately 4 hours to complete.

How do you document that you've completed the eLearning segment?
Once you finish the eLearning portion of the course, your dive center is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical phase of the program. At the end of the eLearning program, you can print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to your selected PADI Dive Center or Resort.