Intermediate Digi-Photo Diver

In Distinctive Specialty courses by Grahame Massicks

Intermediate Digi-Photo Diver Distinctive Specialty Course – how it works

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I was motivated to write this course, the Intermediate Digi-Photo Diver Distinctive Specialty course, by one of my Digital Photography Diver students who expressed a sense of disappointment after completing that course. He was already an experienced diver and a very competent film based photographer.

So in this course I have tried to enable the competent and committed photographer to take his interest up to the next level. I have done this by the application of method. There is method in how to think and plan before the dive. There is then a method to the evaluation of the subject, the approach and the capturing of the image. There is a method to leaving the last subject and moving on to find the next. Lastly there is a method to process the image when you have it back on your computer.

You need to be reasonably fit and healthy to undertake this PADI course, so please check out the medical form below. Make sure that you can answer ‘No’ to all the questions on the first page. If you need to answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions, print out the form, and seek the advice of your doctor. If he declares you fit to dive, please get him or her to fill out the form and then bring it with you when you visit.

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Everyone takes photographs, but everyone has a different level of knowledge, experience and ambition for their photography. At the other end of the scale from the disappointed student, I had one student who told me that she wasn’t interested in all this technical stuff – she just wanted to take a better snap. This is one of the problems when you are trying to write a course – a kind of ‘one size fits all’ dilemma.

I can proudly say that when I wrote the course it was the only PADI course that covered the deployment of surface marker buoys both at the surface and from the safety stop, and it still is today – November 2019. Surface marker buoys are a significant addition to diver safety. They warn all boat traffic that divers are about to ascend, and they alert your dive boat to your location.


The format of the course follows the successful format of my first course: knowledge development prior to two open water dives, followed by a Photoshop workshop.

During 2016 the sea has washed away some of the sand from the lower parts of the beach. This has uncovered some of the rocks below and has made the beach more difficult to cross in bare feet. So I strongly advise participants to bring a pair of flip flops to wear into the water until we are up to our chests. You can then float, take of your flip flops and put on your fins.

You must be at least on Open Water Diver to enroll on this course. Indeed, it is not a bad idea to do this course before going on to complete the Advanced Open Water Course. The first dive of this course, what PADI calls an Adventure dive, can be credited to the Advanced Course. So if you do choose this option, you only have to make four more dives to attain the Advanced certification.

Brand new for 2017 I am launching a Premium Service version of Scuba Guru’s dive offerings! The central idea is that those who select to use the Premium Service will have me exclusively during the course of their stay here in Salang. Whether for fun dives or diving courses I will take on no other customers than the Premium booking. Now that is truly unique to Scuba Guru! To find out more click the button below:

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All the required course materials, equipment, and certification fees are included in the price.

Intermediate Digi-Photo Diver Distinctive Specialty Course Schedule

Schedule: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Duration: 1 ½ days
Number of dives: 2 open water dives
Standard Service Price: RYM 850.00
Premium Service Price: RYM 1225.00

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