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PADI Underwater Photographer

Improve your photography skills under the guidance of a skilled underwater photographer to boost your portfolio!

About the Photography Course

from $149

Learn to shoot and edit your photos like a pro with our in house ABC featured underwater photography expert Kris Chan!

Kris can help you boost your skills to take the shots you want by focussing on the exposure triangle, composition, lighting and post production!

After the theory night, you will jump in for 2 dives under the professional guidance of your instructor to flex on the new skills and put into practice what you have learnt!

The course pricing structure is as follows: 

  • $349 Private Course Price (1-on-1)
  • $299 Bring 1 friend – Save $50 per person
  • $249 Bring 2 friends – Save $100 per person
  • $199 Bring 3 friends – Save $150 per person
  • $149 Bring 4 friends – Save $200 per person

Focus points

The technicality of a camera is probably to hardest to grasp at first, your expert instructor will dive deep into the explanation of this portion and make sure you can navigate through the settings confidently

Believe it or not, where you place your subject and how you position your camera has significant impact on the outcome of your photograph. Learn to compose an image to tell a story

Learning the difference between natural and artificial lighting, and how it affects the feel of an image

Now that you have an image you like, you want to take it to the next level? Learn how to manipulate the lighting to get your ideal results.

On and after the dives you will focus on the above mentioned 4 skills in small group sizes. Most courses are run privately for the best results, but Kris will run them in small group sizes as well.

Standard Course Schedule

Weekend Course:

Independent Study(3 – 6 Hours)PADI eLearning
Wednesday Night6:00PM-8:30PMTheory & Gear Sizing
Saturday or Sunday9:00AM-5:00PMDives 1 & 2 + Post Production

Kris will meet at the dive centre on Wednesday evening at 6PM for a classroom session, where you will discuss the theory and any questions you have and dive deep into the materials. We will also organise any rental gear requirements for the course during the night.


Things to bring:

  • Open Water Diver Certification Card

  • PADI Underwater Photography eLearning Results


Course Structure

Underwater photography courses with photography expert Kris Chan cover the following:


  • Wide angle, macro, supermacro
  • Natural and artificial lighting techniques
  • Critter hunting and animal behaviour


Classroom Session:

  • Camera setup & settings, maintenance and familiarisation.
  • Colour balancing and shooting techniques (composition, lighting & exposure)

Dive 1:

  • Buoyancy and breathing during photography
  • Shot composition and angles
  • Natural lighting techniques


Dive 2: (can be done as a night dive)

  • Animal behaviour and critter spotting
  • Lighting techniques


Post Production:

  • Photo editing using Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom
  • Colour grading & exposure correction
  • File management and organisation
  • Footage review and feedback 
PADI UW Photography Course with Kris Chan

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to share your diving experiences with someone close to you or give the gift of endless adventures? You can now easily give the gift of diving with a Gift Voucher!

You can collect a physical gift voucher from the store or simply purchase one through our online store from the comfort of your home.

The online gift voucher will be delivered via email and can be redeemed online.

Online Gift Vouchers

To sign up for the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Course, you need a minimum of PADI Open Water Diver Course (or equivalent).

Have you completed your Open Water Diver certification with a different agency? PADI recognise most other training agencies, such as SSI or RAID, so you can simply cross over to the PADI system by booking onto this course. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We have taught the youngest kids all the way up to 70 years old to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in this course!

There are no waterman skills (swims or floats) to complete before the course, but you have to be comfortbale in the water of course and be able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weights).

All participants need to fill out a dive medical questionnaire before the course. Simply follow the steps on the form to determine whether you will need clearance to start your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. We recommend SPUMS Diving Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medical (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run the PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Course is just one, as this course is taught as a private course either for you or for your group!


The minimum age to do this course with us is 12 years old. For kids, we recommend signing up for a course with one or more parents, siblings or (family) friends.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate, haven’t completed the PADI eLearning in time or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before or during the course for any reason.


For each rescheduled participant, we will charge a small rescheduling fee  of $99. As soon as a course spot is booked, we reserve a company van and book Kris in for your course. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover his costs.

Please note the theory segment of the PADI Open Water Diver Course is delivered via the PADI eLearning system. The costs for the PADI eLearning are included in the course fee.


You will normally receive your PADI eLearning voucher within 48 hours of confirming your spot on the course. To access the PADI eLearning system, it is recommend to use a tablet or computer (or a phone with a large screen).


On average, the eLearning for this course takes approximately 3 to 6 hours to complete.

The main thing to remember is that we are going to get wet anyway, so if it rains a little that is totally fine (you will be nice and warm in your thick wetsuit).

However, we are of course dependent on the weather, with the wind and swell being the main factors that determine whether we can go diving safely. If the weather forecast predicts large swells or high winds, we may have to transfer the course to a different weekend. We always keep an eye on the weather forecast and will notify you beforehand if we expect this to be the case!

The PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Course is run over a theory night and one full day of diving plus some post production time (normally a weekday night and one week- or weekend day).


Please block a full day in your agenda for the diving day. Exact times and dive sites will be confirmed by your instructor on the course. 

Any dive centre around the world will recognise your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course certification card. PADI is the largest certification agency in the world with more than 6000 dive centres worldwide.


Even if you end up diving somewhere in the world with a non-PADI dive centre, they will recognise your certification.

All dive gear will be provided by Diving Adelaide for the duration of the course if required, including mask, snorkel and fins!

To guarantee a perfect fit and the most enjoyable experience, we recommend coming in store to have a look at our masks, as the mask is the most important piece of equipment!

Please note that a camera setup is not included in this program.

Once you have succesfully completed the PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Course, you will be fully equipped to take the underwater photos you like!

You will be added to the Diving Adelaide newsletter, where we announce our (free) social shore dives for ex-students and our weekends away, interstate and international dive trips and so much more!

You can join any of the dive clubs in Adelaide as well. Many dive clubs run boat dives for just $25 for a single dive or $35 for 2 dives!

Keen to take the next step? You’re now one step closer to achieving the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating! This rating is achieved by completing your core courses (open water, advanced open water and rescue diver) as well as 5 specialty and completing a minimum of 50 dives!

Most people will have completed their advanced course before taking the photography specialty. In that case, we recommend taking the PADI Rescue Diver Course next, which is designed in a way that you can sign up for it straight after your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. The course runs over just 1 weekend (or 2 weekdays)! During the rescue course you will learn how to prevent and handle diving emergencies and become a more competent diver and dive buddy.

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your course on or within 7 days of the start date of the course, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your course 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $99 will apply. Please note the PADI Underwater Photography Specialty Course eLearning portion ($75) of the course is non-refundable.
  3. If you fail to attend your course without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your course before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness, not completing eLearning in time and  COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $99 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the dive medical questionnaire, clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the course (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $99 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the course to someone else at no charge before the start of the course. The PADI eLearning portion ($75) of the course may need to be purchased again if the original participant has registered for PADI eLearning.
  7. All instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. If you fail to complete the course during the scheduled times, a $99 rescheduling fee will be payable to complete the course at a later date.
  9. Failure to adhere to all of the pre-course requirements found on the course overview page (including completion of any online training) will result in cancellation of the course. No refund will be given and rebooking will be at full cost.
  10. You need to be comfortable in the water and have dived in recent years. If you’re not comfortable in the water or are not sure, please contact us beforehand or book a Refresher Course first. Failure to do so may result in course cancellation without refund and rebooking will be at full cost.
  11. Courses must be completed within 90 days of the original start date.
  12. Under 18’s must have a parental waiver signed by parent/guardian on or before the start day of the course.
  13. All fees are per person.
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