Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP)

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 Specialty course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera, like the professionals.

Because underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers, there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course. Check with your PADI Dive Centre if this interests you.

What will you learn?

Through hands-on training during two scuba dives and guidance from your PADI Instructor, you’ll discover:

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
  • The PADI SEA (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.

How can you start learning now?

You can the manual of the Digital Underwater Photographer Manual. Stop by our PADI Dive Centre to enrol in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your PADI Professional will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your dives.

What scuba gear will you use?

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a digital underwater camera and a computer or other device for downloading and viewing your images. Our PADI Instructor may suggest additional equipment and accessories depending on your camera system. Visit our dive centre to get advice about everything you need for your underwater photography adventures.


  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers (or equivalent)
  • Minimum age: 10 years