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Underwater Photography

Learn vital skills for shooting under the waves. Led by a professional underwater photographer, students will be guided through the essential skills required to master both SCUBA diving and underwater photography.

Underwater Photography Training Program

Acquire the knowledge and practical skills required to master the art of underwater photography while exploring the fascinating diversity of the stunning coral reefs of the warm Indian Ocean. The underwater photography program uses DSLR cameras in Sea&Sea housings paired up with exceptional strobe lighting and other accessories.

Developed by internationally acclaimed underwater photographer, journalist and conservationist Fiona Ayerst, this course will empower students to see and explore the underwater realm in a totally new and intimate manner. Apart from the usual theory, you’ll learn how a deep understanding of, and connection to, the marine world helps you to capitalise on the natural curiosity of the marine inhabitants. Fiona’s team will teach you how to capture perfectly exposed and composed images. For more advanced students, creativity flow and learning new techniques are key.


The program involves extensive SCUBA based photography dives. To participate in these dives, participants must be a minimum of open-water SCUBA certified. We require that non-certified participants gain certification prior to the start of the program during either a 1 or 2-week intensive SCUBA diving training course. Book your certification course here

Program Fees



Contact us for information about a discount for residents of South Africa.


14 or 28 day program

Underwater photography tuition

SCUBA / freedive trips

Terrestrial trips

Underwater DSLR camera kits




Local travel

Alumni Reviews

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Rating of Average of 9.45 on a total of 11 Ratings
Lilly Priest
August 30, 2022
Taking underwater photography has been amazing

It has been the best month learning about underwater photography I have never done anything like this before over the month taking underwater photography has been amazing and I have truly loved it(...)

Felicia Sutjahjo
December 12, 2019
The underwater photography internship is amazing!

Fiona is very knowledgeable, professional and has the patience of an angel. She genuinely wants you to excel as a student and takes your personal level and goals into consideration. I came as an amateur(...)

Kyra Kalageorgi
May 15, 2019
scuba diving isn’t just a sport– it’s a lifestyle

I’ve realized that every time I travel to an unfamiliar location, my perspective of the world warps and changes.  Africa, the Underwater Photography Internship led by Fiona Ayerst with the help of Shalini(...)

Miguel Mercado
May 14, 2019
Underwater photography adventures

Hi, I took my UWP course in Mozambique, the experience is amazing. Theres so much to learn and so much biodiversity to see, that one month is not enough to enjoy that beautiful country. The UWP internship is ok(...)

Rachel Price
May 14, 2019
It was a great experience

My month spent in Mozambique was truly one of the best of my life.

The program was well organised and structured, building from foundational skills to more advanced techniques as the weeks went by. I felt(...)

Jack Austin
August 5, 2018
An experience of a lifetime

Having the opportunity to spend a month in Mozambique, learning the art of Underwater Photography, was well and truly one of the most inspiring experiences I've ever had. Mentored from Fiona Ayerst, a(...)


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Discover the underwater adventures and expert tuition that our underwater photography training program includes.


Take a look at the underwater and cultural photographic portfolios produced by our underwater photo interns.


The program runs from Scottburgh, RSA. Here we explore incredible dive sites of the world renowned Aliwal Shoal.

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