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Underwater Videographer Specialty

Learn to Show Others What You See Underwater

Have you ever seen something underwater that you knew nobody would believe?  Want to share your exploits with your non-diving friends? Motion imaging allows you to share and document your underwater adventures. The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

The PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course introduces you to underwater video equipment and videography fundamentals, such as exposure, focus, shot types, moves, story line and shot sequencing. It takes you through the post-dive editing process where you take your raw footage and create an underwater masterpiece. By the time you complete the course, you’ll have gone through the entire basic video production process.  Course content includes equipment overview, selection, and maintenance.  You also learn story planning, shot sequencing, and basic editing.

  • What are the most common underwater video formats, and what are advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • What are six basic features you should look for when choosing a video camera for underwater use, and why is each option important?
  • What six basic features should you consider in an underwater video housing and why?
  • What three basic differences should you consider in choosing underwater video lights?
  • You will also be able to:
    • Identify and demonstrate the operation of video camera functions, such as turning the power on and off, changing batteries and tapes, record/pause, zoom and focus.
    • Identify and demonstrate the operation of video camera functions in a housing, such as turning the power on and off, record/pause, zoom and focus.


Prerequisites are Open Water Diver AND some cold water diving experience. In addition you will find that your ability to shoot good video also relies on great buoyancy skills.  If your not sure about yours, you might consider taking the Peak Performance Buoyancy Clinic prior to this class.

Course Cost is $200 and includes all materials (see below), two full class sessions (one before, one after the dives), and three open water dives.  By this point in a divers training it is important that you are beginning to obtain your own equipment (rentals are available but having your own gear is preferred).  Underwater video equipment is provided for class use, due to the risk of costly damage to video equipment students will sign a damage agreement.  Adobe Premier Pro software among others is used for post dive editing.



The Learning Materials Included

HiTek Scuba has put together it's own materials for this course.  It includes information from the user manual of the Light and Motion video camera housing that you will be using, as well as information from Sony, and Adobe.  It's all designed to enable you to maximize your learning curve when starting to shoot your own videos.  Since this class is equipment orientated and learning the equipment is key, we have customized your materials to match.

Of course you're more than welcome to bring and use your own equipment as well if you prefer.






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