In order to participate in Level 1 of the PADI Digital Underwater Photography speciality course you need to have completed a PADI Open Water Diver course (or a higher course), and successful completion of Level 1 is the prerequisite for Level 2. The duration for both levels is 4 hours each. Participation in both levels is also open for snorkelers who will receive a non-diving certificate after successful completion.
The course covers digital photographic theory including depth of field, aperture, lighting and composition; and diving techniques including preparation of the camera, safe entry and exit with a camera, testing and using the camera, measurement and adjustment of white balance.
Certified divers can get Level 2 credited as an adventure dive for the PADI Adventures in Diving programme and the Advanced Diver Certification
The course materials include the new PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Manual and an underwater white-balance slate.