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Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography
Want to take better underwater pictures?

This 1-2 day course is for people with little or no experience and teaches the basic use of a compact digital camera and housing. The course involves half a day of theory instruction and dry practical, followed by an underwater practical, followed by another dry session to view the results. The duration of the course will depend on numbers and location.
You are advised to bring your own underwater camera if you have one, but if not, a camera will be provided. If you have a digital camera but no housing, you may find it useful to have it to hand during the theory sessions.

Entry requirement 
This course is open to BSAC Sports Divers (or acceptable alternative). Because of the task loading imposed by using an underwater camera and the risk of damage to sensitive marine life, it is recommended that before attempting underwater photography in open water conditions, students should be able to control their buoyancy within ±1m or better, and that they should be very familiar with their own diving equipment.

What you’ll learn
The classroom-based and practical lessons will include:
• Optics – issues specific to underwater photography
• Camera and housing fundamentals
• Camera functions and shooting techniques
• Practical tips underwater

Learning materials
Your course pack includes all the learning materials you need for the course. The pack includes: the Underwater Photography course manual and a Qualification Card application form.

How to do this course...

If you are a member:
You can do the Underwater Photography course either at a BSAC Regional Event, at a commercial BSAC Centre or in your BSAC club. Not all clubs run their own Underwater Photography courses, please check with your Diving Officer if you are interested.

If you are not a BSAC member:
You can do this course by joining a local BSAC club and training with other club members or through a BSAC Regional Event. Or you could do the course at a BSAC Centre.

Your next steps
After this course you could further your training by doing another Skill Development Courses (SDCs) or you could progress with a Diver Grade Course.
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