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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
Amanda Kowalski
March 21, 2018
Highly recommend the underwater photography course

Loved loved LOVED every second I spent with Africa Media! I was blessed with an incredible group of people, one that I consider family forever, and learned about the South African culture, from braais to the(...)

Sophie Roselt
October 4, 2017

This course is amazing!! The wildlife you're exposed to is crazy, from whales to manta rats and awesome macro critters like seahorses whilst being surrounded in paradise and friendly locals. The amount you learn(...)

Shawn Tan
June 21, 2017
Amazing experience!

I spent a month doing the underwater photography internship program, and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life! The course was taught well, from the basics of handling and care for underwater(...)

Colton Cross
September 26, 2016
It was an awesome experience

It was an awesome experience I met people who will be family to me forever!!! I learned a lot underwater photography and about Braai!! The cultural of South Africa will be brought back to the states !! Love you all

Francesca Trotman
August 11, 2014
I’ve seen humpbacks, whale sharks, mantas, elephants, giraffe and zebra to name a few

Home safe and sound, wishing I was back in guinjata! I really met some amazing people out there and had an incredible experience. I suppose all good things must come to an end but I will be back! These two(...)


Find everything you need to know about our underwater photography training internship program is here in the FAQ’s


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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