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underwater videography training courses from beginner to professional
Training Courses

Our underwater video training courses cover everything from a keen enthusiast who would like to learn how get great footage of their diving trips, up to professional level - making a living filming divers and producing a commercial product for them to purchase.

 

This selection of ready made packages teach the most popular aspects of underwater video shooting and editing, but we are happy to tailor a more personal one if there are any specialist aspects you would like to focus on.

 

 

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PADI / SSI Specialty

This entry level course is perfect for enthusiastic divers that would like to get great footage from their diving trips. The PADI or SSI Underwater Videographer Specialty course shows you how to create videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

 

This 3 day course (4 dives) will show you:

  •           * Selecting, using and caring for your underwater video equipment

  •           * Videography fundamentals, such as · shot types · moves · story line · shot sequencing

  •           * The post-dive editing process where you take your raw footage and assemble your final movie

 

By the time you complete the course, you'll have gone through the entire basic video production process.

 

The minimum standard training level for this course is Open Water certified. However we recommend to get the most out of your diving being Advanced Open Water certified, specifically for better buoyancy skills - which is critical for getting good video footage.

 

If you are only Open Water certified then this PADI specialty can be combined with other PADI training such as Peak Performance Buoyancy. These 2 credits combined with another 3 PADI adventure dives would get you certified as Advanced Open Water at the end of your training and unlock your diving skills properly.

 

 

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Semi Pro (Level I)

This Semi Professional training package opens up more of your video making skills. The basics are covered like in the PADI specialty course but with more dives and editing time we show you how to make more interesting and dynamic movies. This course is suitable for dive professionals with good prior photography and computer skills, or keen diving enthusiasts wanting to make quality movies for personal enjoyment.

 

This 7 day course (8 dives) will show you:

  •           * Selecting, using and caring for underwater video equipment

  •           * Self servicing and maintenance for underwater video equipment

  •           * Videography fundamentals, such as; white balance · correct zoom use · shot types · moves · story line · shot sequencing

  •           * The post-dive editing process where you take your raw footage and assemble your final movie including;
                  transitions · audio mixing · time effects · colour correction · basic titling

 

The minimum training level for this course is usually Advanced Open Water certified, however we recommend that to film at this level you should be a Rescue Diver. Our reasons for this are that at this level you will be diving with a camera a lot, and the additional knowledge of DCS and self rescue skills allow you to concentrate on your filming without putting yourself in harms way.

 

If you are only Advanced Open Water certified it would only take 3 days to become a qualified Rescue Diver before starting the Level I semi-pro video training.

 

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PADI Full Professional (Level I+II)

We proud to anounce that PADI have officially approved our 2 week Professional UW Videographer course. This PADI certified professional package is suitable for divers wanting to get the most out of todays high definition cameras and editing software, or someone wanting to start a new career earning a living as a working videographer.

 

This 14 day course (14 dives) will show you:

    •           * Selecting, using and caring for underwater video equipment

    •           * Self servicing and maintenance for underwater video equipment

    •           * Videography fundamentals, such as; white balance · correct zoom use · shot types · moves · story line · shot sequencing

    •           * Advanced videography techniques, such as; storyboard development · high definition formats · cinematic effects

    •           * Film, Edit and show a customer dive movie for a group of Open Water training graduates

    •           * In-depth post-dive editing including;
                   advanced transitions · audio mixing · time effects · colour correction · advanced titling and animated effects · multitrack video
                   multi-format final rendering SD/HDV/FLV/XVID as well as other web video standards

     

    The minimum training level for this course is usually Rescue Diver certified, however for those wishing to make a career as a professional u/w videographer we recommend that you should consider having the Divemaster qualification.

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  • Our reasons for this are you will often be working as a full time diving professional and the knowledge and skills acquired in the divemaster programme will make you a valued member of any dive operation you work with. Another reason is that you will often be filming customers with various levels of experience from new students to lapsed divers re-entering the world of scuba. Your professional training and experience at this level will help you get the best footage of the groups without having a negative affect on their experience.

 

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Paid Internship

For successful graduates of our PADI Professional UW Videographer course we can offer a working internship where you get more practice, experience, and paid to make your movies. We are still on hand to offer assistance and advice at any stage of the process but you now get the chance to work as a professional underwater videographer. During this internships you will polish your filming, editing and selling skills to become a successful commercial videographer with a skill set that you can take worldwide and continue doing the job you love.

 

During this 2+ week experience you will:

  •           * Accompany instructors taking Open Water Students for their 2 final training dives in the morning

 

          * Capture, Edit and Compile a professional final movie in the afternoon

 

          * Show and sell your completed movie to the students in the evening

 

          * Work on secondary video projects such as special trips or promotional films

 

          * Learn the business and personal skills to get the best video and commercial results from your customers

 

          * Get paid for every movie you sell!

 

We often have full time positions available for successful interns who would like to stay longer on Koh Tao as well as a wide network of diving contacts on Koh Tao, the rest of Thailand, and also worldwide to help take your talents to new and exciting destinations!

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Contact

Please contact us if you like what you've seen and want to know more.air conditioned video editing suite with high end editing PCs

 

E-mail: info@kohtaoprovideo.com

 

Tel: (+66) 08 3388 5648

 

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