Underwater Photography Course



The Introduction to Digital Underwater Photography Course is a two day course that will get you started with the basics of shooting below the surface, using the latest point and shoot digital cameras. Our Instructor will be a professional photographer will many years of experience in Underwater Photography. This course will help you develop the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to start the journey into the amazing world of underwater photography.

There are two separate courses for photography. They can be done together over two days or individually. First course is Level 1 and the second is Level 2. They both include classroom, pool session, review and boat is optional but recommended on Level 2. A shore dives option is also available dependant on conditions.
These can be done as separate stand-alone courses or for maximum benefit as a combined course


Day One – Level One
The theory Session we will discussing underwater photo topics and terminology, work with our cameras, and learn how to apply these new skills underwater, before taking to the water for hands-on experience.

After diving we will review your photos and discuss ways to improve your skills for your next underwater photo dive.

The Digital Underwater Camera and Housing can be hired for $39.00 or you may use your own camera and underwater housing. Special deals on our underwater camera range is available for students enrolled in the course.


Day Two – Level Two
Meet at Dive Charter Boat which takes us to Rottnest Island for two boat dives(optional but recommended). Apply all knowledge learnt from the first day but now taking photos of local marine life. You will practice photo composition for both Macro and wide angle, also good buoyancy skills to minimize environmental impact. Learn the best technique to take photos in our waters, flash or no flash and how to white balance underwater.
If due to weather not permitting we can also go shore diving instead!


This is a practical hands on course, achieving good buoyancy will be the skill to master to become a better diver and naturally take better photos!


Your Instructor is Veruschka Menlove who has been a “Professional Underwater Photographer” for many years and has been involved in several TV documentaries around the world. Students will gain a complete knowledge on the training topics given her significant experience.


Certified as a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certification from another certification organization.
Prior to the course you are required to have read the Digital Underwater Photographer Manual and completed Knowledge Review questions.
Organise to have or rent a digital camera from the shop and to practice taking photos prior to starting course. These photos will be reviewed at the start of the course.

Level One – $195.00 – includes Theory Session and In Water Session.
Level Two – $175.00 plus charter fees $135.00
NOTE: Boat Dive Option to Rottnest Island add $135.00.
5% discount applies if courses are combined


$100.00 Deposit on receipt of manuals and the balance at the commencement of the first lesson.



  • PADI photographic Manual
  • Training by an experienced Instructor
  • Pool Dives
  • Theory Sessions
  • Air Fills


Topics Covered:

  • Camera assembly and Maintenance
  • Buoyancy and Task Loading Management
  • Macro vs. Wide Angle Photography
  • Understanding White Balance
  • Exposure Values (EV) or (+/-) (over/under exposure)
  • Lighting Basics
    • Internal Flash
    • Strobes
    • Red Filters
  • Basic Photograph Composition
  • Basic Image editing and enhancement
  • Downloading and Saving your Images


Rottnest Island photography

Veruschka using Compact Digital Camera


Course commences at the Shop at 8:30AM. Bring drinks, lunch, swimmers, sunscreen and towel. Finishes approximately 4:30PM.


Conducted monthly or on demand. Contact Veruschka Menlove at the shop on 9240 6662 or drop us an email.