Digital Underwater Photographer
Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.
Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.
If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).
Prerequisites & Minimum Age
Minimum Age: 10
Course prerequisites: (Jr.) Open Water Diver or equivalent entry-level certification
Choosing a Dive Shop
You can complete this course locally or while travelling.
Choose a dive shop close to home to:
Choose a dive shop away from home if you:
Other Costs & Equipment
This course requires both knowledge development and in-water training for certification. When you purchase PADI eLearning from our website, the cost covers the knowledge development portion only.
There is an additional cost to complete your certification with a PADI Instructor. The cost depends on class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent equipment. Contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information and pricing.
Beyond basic scuba equipment, you'll need a digital underwater camera and a computer or other device for downloading and viewing your images. Your PADI Pro may suggest additional equipment and accessories depending on your camera system.
It’s best to use your own camera, strobes, etc. during the course so you can become familiar with how they work.
PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours
Entire course: 2 days
PADI’s online courses are designed to work on the browsers listed below. For the best experience, make sure your browser is up to date:
If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections with a total file size of approximately 13.9 MB. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off.
The PADI Training app is available for Android™ and Apple® iOS devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).
After this course
The first dive of the Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
Every PADI Specialty certification you earn gets you one step closer to achieving the elite Master Scuba Diver rating.