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Ocean Frontiers Diving & Snorkeling Adventures in the Cayman Islands

UW Photography Certification

UW Photography Certification
The most popular diving specialties course. It’s easy and fun to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.

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Digital Underwater Photography 

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.

This specialty class is designed for someone who has purchased an underwater camera and wants to learn how to get better images or videos. 

Highlights
Through hands-on training during two boat dives and guidance from your PADI Instructor, you will learn:

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
  • The PADI S.E.A. (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly.
  • Principles for good composition of underwater images.
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.
  • The second dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification 

Equipment
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a digital underwater camera and a  device for downloading and viewing your images. 

Prerequisities

  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Digital Underwater Photographer course.
  • 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.

What's Included

Instruction, certification, classroom lesson, air tanks, belts, lead weights, towels and drinking water

What's Not Included
Cost of boat dives, Nitrox, rental gear (BCD, Regs, Wetsuit), dive computer, camera. Gratuities Not Included.

Transportation to and from your hotel to the departure point in East End is not included. You will need a rental car or taxi if you are not staying in the East End district.

Specialty certifications with Ocean Frontiers are listed as instruction fees only and do not include the cost of the boat dives, cameras or nitrox, where applicable. The prices are structured to be 'add-on' classes to existing dives you have already booked with Ocean Frontiers.

How to Get Started
Sign up for Digital Underwater Photographer Online using this link – PADI’s eLearning option – to get started immediately, US$183.00. The web-based system guides you through the principles of great underwater photography, with a bonus section on underwater imaging (including video). You study at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You also have access to an online version of the Digital Underwater Photographer Manual. If you don't use this link and sign up from PADI.com, you will need to affiliate your class with Ocean Frontiers in the Cayman Islands during the sign up process. 

You can opt to pay the PADI fees directly to PADI on their website, via the link above, to start immediately or pay everything at one time to Ocean Frontiers and we will email you a coupon code. Either way it costs the exact same.

 


Digital Underwater Photography Class - 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 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.

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. 

What does it cost?
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course online segment is $183.00 (US) nonrefundable. Ocean Frontiers PADI Dive Center will charge an additional $299 for photo dives. 

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, Ocean Frontiers 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 Or save your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to Ocean Frontiers PADI Dive Center.