Underwater Videographer

The Kona coast of Hawaii is the perfect place to get the perfect footage for Facebook, YouTube, or your own home movies! 

With colorful reef fish, interesting invertebrates, and a chance to see big animals, students will find the subject matter engaging and fun.  The Underwater Videographer Specialty course is taught by Jack’s Diving Locker pros, Jeff Leicher or Keller Laros.  With over 25,000 dives between them and most all with video cameras in hand, these instructors have a wealth of knowledge to share.  Learn the secrets to shot selection, lighting, and diving with a camera system.  This course will also cover basics such as camera handling and maintenance.  Recommendations for editing are offered.  Upon successful completion of this course, divers will earn the PADI Underwater Videographer specialty certification.

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Underwater Videographer Specialty Details

  • Cost: 

    • $350, plus PADI Adventures in Diving Manual for the Underwater Video Section (Approx $47). 

    • Private Instruction available for an additional $300.

  • Prerequisites:  Junior Open Water Certification.  Minimum age – 12 yrs old.

  • We Provide: Instruction, 4 boat dives, tanks, weights, light lunch and drinks on boat.

  • Students Provide: 

    • Underwater video equipment.  We suggest GoPro cameras and accessories.  Available at Jack’s Diving Locker.  Students also provide – BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask/snorkel/fins, underwater timing device (dive computer recommended).  Rental gear available

  • Discounts: 10% off most regular priced merchandise. $5 off of dives.

Underwater Videographer Specialty Schedule

  • Duration: Three days –  2 hours on day 1, and two full days on the boat

  • Preparation:  Read the Videography section in the PADI Adventures in Diving manual

  • Day 1 (1:00pm-3:00pm): Meet at shop at 1 p.m for Instructor presentation and practice with camera.

  • Day 2 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm):  Meet at shop at 8am.  Boat: Two dives, two locations.  Post dive: Log dives.

  • Day 3 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm):  Meet at shop at 8am.  Boat: Two dives, two locations.  Post dive: Log dives.

Things to Know:

  • Flying or Driving to Altitude After Diving:  If you complete the open water experience, it is recommended you wait at least 12 hours before flying or driving to altitude.  If you make more than one open water dive on the same day; or, dive over two or more days, wait 18 hours.

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Master Scuba Diver Rating

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest rating in non-professional recreational diving.  To achieve this rating you must complete the following certifications: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and 5 PADI Specialty courses.  In addition, divers must have at least 50 logged dives.  When completing these requirements at Jack’s Diving Locker, recipients will have their names engraved on a plaque that is displayed in our shop to honor this achievement.