PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course? How does it differ from regular photography? How can you get the best images of your underwater scuba adventures?

Digital Underwater Photography is one of the most popular diving specialties. There are now so many different underwater cameras to choose from that it has become easier than ever to find a camera that suits your budget and get shooting! The PADI Scuba Diving Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course teaches you the fundamental principles & more, so that you can get the best photos, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR. Because underwater photography is also very popular with snorkelers, there is also an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course. Check with us if this interests you.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Scuba Diving Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course is that you get to show your friends and family the great creatures  you encountered while diving, and you get to relive the memories of those encounters again and again! And if you really have a talent for DUP, you could find yourself a new career opportunity doing something you love!

What will you learn?

Through hands-on training and guidance from your PADI Specialty Instructor, you’ll learn:

  • How to choose the right underwater camera system for you
  • About the PADI S.E.A (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly
  • About the principles for good composition of underwater images
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your PADI Specialty Instructor you will go on at least two Open Water scuba dives ranging from 12 metres/40 feet to 21metres/70 feet

  • Prepare and assemble an underwater camera system for macro/wide angle photography
  • Set shutter speed and aperture priority according the kind of subject you are shooting
  • Set white balance taking into account depth & light changes
  • Compose subjects factoring in flash angle, camera angle, subject position, foreground, background and complementary colours
  • Bracket exposure of each type of photo taken if appropriate


  • Minimum age 10 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

Apart from shooting some of the most awesome photos you have ever taken, you will also get:

  • PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • the second dive of this PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course 

Your Next Adventure

A favorite follow-up course for many scuba divers who take  the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer (DUP) Specialty Course is the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course and the PADI Enriched Air (EAN) Diver Specialty Course. If you want you can take these three specialties concurrently. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course is highly recommended to be taken first if a diver has anything less then exceptional buoyancy control. And the PADI Enriched Air (EAN) Diver Specialty Course gives a diver more bottom time at any given depth than regular air, which means more time to shoot those perfect photographs !