The Underwater videography training program offers keen SCUBA divers the opportunity to document the wonders of the underwater world. Our one month program allows students the time, resources and expert guidance required to master the art of underwater videography to a professional standard
In the Underwater Videography training program, you will acquire the knowledge and practical skills required to master the art of underwater videography while exploring the incredible diversity of the stunning coral reefs of the warm Indian Ocean. The Underwater videography program offers students dSLR cameras in Sea&Sea housings; Panasonic video cameras, Sony mirrorless cameras and GoPros together with exceptional LED lighting and accessories.
Developed by National Geographic producer and shark specialist Ryan Johnson and underwater camerawoman Fiona Ayerst, this course will empower students to see and explore the underwater realm in a totally new and intimate manner, whilst gaining the skills to collect professional grade underwater video footage.
Apart from learning skills, you will also focus on becoming part of the marine world; using specialised breathing techniques and capitalising on the natural curiosity of the marine inhabitants. The Africa Media team will teach you how to capture the perfectly structured and composed film.
In 2021, we added an extensive 16 hour online theoretical eLearning program for participants to complete prior to arriving in South Africa. This eLearning programs offers theoretical training, extensive filmmaking resources, and covers all aspects of underwater videography, including industry secrets as to how to create a professional network and build a financial sustainable career as an underwater videographer.
The programs involves extensive SCUBA based videography 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
Africa Media is offering a ‘Flexi-booking’ special during the challenges of Covid-19. When booking with Flexi-booking, you are able to secure your spot and only choose which month you will attend when you are comfortable you can travel safely and securely.
14 or 28 day program
Underwater Videography tuition
SCUBA / freediving trips
terrestrial filming trips
Professional camera kit
Underwater videography eLearning course
Intro to freediving eLearning course
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 photographer and an amateur diver and can confidently say that I left better at both crafts. We were a group of 6 and Fiona observed and evaluated everyone individually, giving each of us personal assignments and advice. The program is well thought out and(...)
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 Tewari and Martin Totland, all of the people I’ve encountered on this internship, and just scuba diving in general has changed every previous plan I had lined up in my life. I soon began to realize that scuba diving isn’t just a sport– it’s a lifestyle. Follow my Blog and see my new life!
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 for entry level UW Photographers or more advanced ones. Fi and her staff are the best teaching UWP. Guinjata's Dive Centre is the best Dive operator in Mozambique, all the staff are the best for making sure you have a great time on land and(...)
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 completely supported in my learning - I joined the program with no underwater photography experience, but quickly developed a deep passion, and I felt confident and skilled to take this forward at the completion of the course. The support to alumnis(...)
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 world-renowned underwater photographer, I managed to cultivate the skills and understanding of Underwater Photography in a friendly and positive environment. The course is set in Guinjata Bay, a remote bay near the town of Inhambane, providing the perfect(...)
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Africa Media is a premier supplier of production services, experiential media training programs and interactive edu-tourism expeditions throughout Southern Africa.
Our mission is to build an enthusiastic generation of wildlife and environmental specialists who have the skills and passion to build successful careers or make significant contributions in the wildlife and environmental media industry.