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PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Diver Course

PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Diver Course

PADI underwater Photography course at Mermaids Dice Centre Pattaya, Thaland

PADI underwater Photography training in Pattaya Thailand with Mermaids

As a diver you desperately want to share your dive experiences with others. There problem is that words alone are not enough to describe what you have experienced. Trying to describe the first shark sighting or your experience with a Manta Ray just does not do the experience justice. To this day no one believes me about the size of the Moray that I saw on Elephant Head rock in the Similan islands! You must have pictures to prove what you have seen. This is why, sooner or later every serious diver learns to take underwater photographs. The PADI Underwater Photography Specialty is the best way to discover how.

The PADI Underwater Photography specialty course includes:

  • Comprehensive self-study materials which make it easy for you to master all of the necessary background knowledge before class.
  • Hands-on practice with cameras in the classroom, pool (or like conditions) and open water.
  • The opportunity to expose a number of rolls of film, including two full rolls in open water.
  • Feedback from an experienced PADI underwater photography pro so that each roll you shoot is progressively better.
  • An introduction to underwater digital photography.

Believe me there is a lot to learn. Consideration of how underwater photography affects buoyancy, checking of gauges, bubbles, movement and current is crucial.

Prerequisites for PADI underwater Photography Training:

Open Water Diver certification (PADI Advanced Course is recommended).


One full classroom session plus at least a day of open-water training.


Classroom session takes place either in the classroom or on the beach – learning the theory behind the specialty. The biggest part being the difference between land and underwater shots.

Topics covered:

  • Complete all necessary course paperwork.
  • Issue PADI Underwater Photography Workshop booklet.

Conduct theory session covering following topics:

  • Reef Awareness.
  • Buoyancy Control.
  • Stabilisation Techniques.
  • Camera maintenance.
  • Light & Film.
  • Available light exposure.
  • Strobe Exposure.
  • Photographic Art.
  • Composition.
  • Subject Matter.
  • Modelling.


Two half day pool sessions are required.

Open Water Training Dives:

To complete the PADI underwater Photography course takes at least one day and two dives.

Upon completing the program you will be able to:

  • Select your own underwater camera set-up.
  • Maintain, set-up and disassemble camera equipment.
  • Demonstrate correct underwater shooting techniques.
  • Apply strobe and available light photography.
  • Expose & Compose your photos with greater success and appeal.

Course Advantages:

  • Avoid the hassle of traveling with bulky equipment.
  • Guaranteed excellent results with professional advice.
  • Inexpensive use & tuition of expensive equipment.
  • Try before you purchase your own system.

Mermaids offer a whole range of PADI Specialties as below:

Night Diver, Drift Diver, Search & Recovery, Advanced Search & Recovery, DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle – great fun), Underwater Naturalist Diver, Shipwreck Diver, Deep Diver, Navigation Diver, Photography Diver, Videography Diver, Multi-level Diver, Cave diving, Equipment Specialist, Underwater Digital Photography Divers Course, Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver, NITROX Diver, Dry Suit Diver Course (Currently under revision but will be offered in the future), Twin tank / PADI Side Mount Course, PADI underwater Photography (Digital) – Mermaids Dive Pattaya Thailand now have over 20 PADI specialty courses to offer.

Mermaids Pattaya, Thailand offer a full range of PADI Specialty courses on your schedule. If you allow Mermaids 1-2 days notice we can operate any PADI Specialties that you require.

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