PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty

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You’ve seen that amazing wreck, the beautiful reef and all the weird and wonderful marine life that call these habitats home – now you want a lasting memory of it. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty gets you going quickly, whatever camera you use, allowing you to capture images of your underwater adventures anytime you’re in the water.

Underwater photography is one of the most popular underwater pastimes, providing you with lasting memories of your time underwater. With so many cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater adventures.
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty helps you get going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.
Underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers, so there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course too.
Following some ‘self study’ you’ll complete at home, you’ll meet the NHDC team to review your theory before getting on with the fun bits! You will take part in a ‘confined water’ session in a large swimming pool where you will practice the skills you’ve been reading about.
Having mastered your skills you will complete a fun filled day at Capernwray (near Lancaster) where you’ll complete your two open water dives before reviewing your images.
This course will also count towards the prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and the second dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may count towards your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Standard Course: £165

Executive Option: additional £50 on Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee.

Elite Option: We’ll come to you! For an additional £100* on the Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee we’ll complete the training at your own facilities.

* Special rates apply for schools. Please get in touch for full details.


Min Age: 10 years old

Medically Fit: Complete this Medical Statement and have a GP countersign it if required.

Ability: You will need to be PADI Open Water Diver (or Junior Open Water Diver) or equivalent to enroll onto this course.

Snorkelling Option: Please get in touch for information.

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Knowledge Development 

As part of the PADI digital Underwater Photographer Specialty, you’ll complete some Knowledge Development in the comfort of your own home. This will be reviewed during a classroom session before your Skills Development session, putting it into practice in the pool.

The theory side can be completed at you own pace and with electronic and physical manuals to choose from, you can select the format that’s right for you.


Skills Practice

Also known as ‘Confined Water’ sessions, you’ll practice and ultimately master the skills that will allow you to the perfect photo. Our Skills Practice sessions will take place at local leisure centres on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

You will enjoy a minimum of 2 hours in the pool, practicing these skills before going on to practice taking the perfect photo at the Open Water dive site.


Open Water Dives

Over the course of a day, usually a Sunday, you’ll complete two open water dives. On successful completion, you’ll be recognised as able the diver that’s witnessed the breathtaking and beautiful!

We’ll provide everything you need. We pride ourselves on ensuring there are no hidden costs.

We will provide all the basic, as well as any specialised equipment for diving while perfecting your photography skills. Comfort is everything in scuba diving, therefore if you already have your own equipment, we’d encourage you to bring it along to keep you warm and comfortable while becoming the underwater David Bailey (look him up)!

Knowledge Development can be completed at your own pace but will be reviewed with the NHDC team before your Skills Development session in the pool.

Open Water dives are completed over a day at the weekend, usually a Sunday, with courses arranged on a regular basis.

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule so if the scheduled dates are not convenient please give us a call to discuss suitable alternatives.

 On all of our PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course options you will receive…

  • Coaching and on-going support from an experienced, passionate and professional PADI Instructor
  • Equipment Orientation (camera use & set up)
  • 1 hour (minimum) Knowledge Review (held at the NHDC Classroom)
  • 2 hours (minimum) Skills Development (confined water)
  • 1.5 hours (minimum) Open Water dives
  • FREE rental of all required equipment (including, but not limited to: cylinders & air fills, dive computer, wetsuit, drysuit & undersuit, specialist equipment [e.g. digital camera])
  • Course materials
  • PADI Certification

Our dives are usually completed in UK water, therefore we recommend you use a drysuit and undersuit for greater comfort. If you have no previous drysuit experience, we will arrange a pool based orientation session for an additional £40 before your day in Open Water so you are fully prepared and confident to jump in.

Please note, our course fees covers equipment rental, pool entry fees, PADI Certification fees etc, but do not cover entry fees to open water dive sites. These vary according to location; please ask for further details.


Standard course

All of the above.

Knowledge Development 

Completed in your own time, this can be started at any time and completed at your own pace. Choose from using a physical manual or an electronic version compatible with desktops & laptops (eLearning).

Electronic versions can be issued via email whereas physical course manuals can be collected from the NHDC Dive Centre.

An initial £75 deposit will ensure course materials can be issued, allowing you to start as soon as you want!

What ever option you choose, the NHDC team will be on hand to help you through and answer any questions as you progress. We will then meet you before your Skills Development session to review things and allow you to ask any questions you may have.


Skills Development 

Confined Water sessions take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons at local leisure centres. We offer standard schedules, with a minimum of 2 hours spent in the pool practicing your skills before progressing to the open water dives.


Standard Course

Complete the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty using the materials of your choice and one of our standard schedules.


Executive Option

Our standard schedules are designed to offer flexibility, however, if these aren’t convenient, or if you feel you’d benefit from the more personal touch, we can tailor our schedules to a more bespoke timetable.

This executive option allows a 1:1 program, giving you the chance to work with a member of the NHDC team to become a master of underwater photography.


Elite Option

If you have access to your own facilities, we can come to you! We will work with you to make a truly tailor-made course schedule. Use the course materials of your choice and when you’re ready, we’ll complete the Skills Development at your own facilities. Choose to join us at our usual open water dive sites, or let us escort you overseas. There’s a whole world of possibilities.


Trip Completion 

This course may be conducted and completed on one of our trips. Please get in touch with the team to discuss this option and applicable discounts.


Payment Plans

A single £75 deposit will allow us to issue the relevant course materials.

Further installment payments can be made with the final balance paid before the open water weekend (or final pool session if completing the Referral option). Talk to us about installment payment options.

Let us know you want to join us! Simply send us a Course Booking Form and completed Medical Statement. Once we’ve received your deposit we’ll issue your course materials, so you can get started straight away!

Get in touch for our bank account details or to make payment over the phone.

Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the Course Medical Statement (Countersigned by a GP if required). Please note, we will not be able to start any in water activities without one!