PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor Course

MSDT • PADI Specialty Instructor Course Koh Tao, Thailand

Course Price: 3,000 THB

Digital Underwater Photography has taken the world by storm. For all divers, learning how to take great underwater pictures has a huge appeal so they can show their friends and family, share on social media or to publish in magazines and books.

There are many reasons why divers want to take great underwater photographs. As a PADI Digital Underwater Photography specialty instructor, you can teach your student divers how to use the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine and Adjust) method, a technique that takes full advantage of the latest digital technology.

Not only will your student divers learn to take great underwater photographs, they will learn how to optimise their work on a computer, for storage and printing, even on their first dive.

Underwater Photography diving around Koh Tao

One of the most important reasons divers take this course is to create lasting and priceless memories of their diving adventures. Koh Tao offers a marine diversity unlike many other locations around the world and provides an environment rich in colour, topography and species to take memorable pictures in.

With over 26 dive sites to choose from, Koh Tao is a superb training location to learn how to compose and shoot great photographs. As a PADI Digital Underwater Photography specialty instructor, you learn how to conduct the course effectively to student divers and get great shots quickly, whilst preserving the natural marine habitat.

Who can enrol on the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor course?

A renewed PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Note: IDC/OWSI candidates may participate in the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Instructor training course but may only apply for Specialty Instructor certification after passing an IE.

Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Instructors must have logged at least 10 digital underwater photography dives prior to certification. This is a course exit requirement and the dives may be completed following the instructor training course.

What you will learn

You will participate in the following sessions:

  • Present and be evaluated on a prescriptive presentation from the Digital Underwater Photography Specialty knowledge review
  • PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty standards, procedures and the curriculum
  • How to organise and conduct the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty course
  • Open Water training sessions – where you will learn how to demonstrate, execute and evaluate the student level skills from the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty course.

You will complete the open water training dives on one of the several local dive sites suitable for this training.

As a PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Instructor you are certified to independently teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty Course

Course Price: 3,000 THB

PADI Materials

Please bring the following materials with your PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual. You received these as part of the IDC Crew Pack during your IDC.

In addition you’ll also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual. As of 2010, the Instructor manual is available as a free download for all PADI Members that are renewed from

Course Price: 3,000 THB

2018 PADI Fees  

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor Course Application fee: A$101

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