Our Videography Courses

We offer 4 levels of videography training allowing you to choose the course that fits your budget and schedule. We also offer a paid internship option at the end of the Pro Deluxe Course. Please use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page to enquire about course prices and start dates

If you wish to create a custom program to fit your experience level and schedule, please use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page

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Please note that the Minimum Dive Level is our suggested training level

It is possible to start these courses with a lower diving certification, but your safety and the quality of your filming might suffer without the extra knowledge and experience these higher levels of diving certification provide
For more information about these additional skills please see our in-depth courses descriptions below
We are happy to arrange any additional dive training if required before you start your videography course

*Open Water divers must have completed a minimum of 10 dives
**Internship only open after completing the Pro Deluxe course

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PADI SPECIALITY


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 2-3 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 with a minimum of 10 dives. However we recommend being Advanced Open Water certified to get the most out of your course, 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 allow you to utilise your new videography skills fully


SEMI-PRO COURSE


This introduction course opens up more of your video making skills. The basics are covered like in the PADI/SSI 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 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 Open Water certified with a minimum of 10 dives, 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.


PRO COURSE


This PADI certified professional course 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 13 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 · online video 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 including all common online video standards
* Introduction to UW photography including Adobe Lightroom editing

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.

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.


PRO DELUXE COURSE


The Pro Deluxe course includes all the great features of the Pro Course, plus the addition of the PADI Self Reliant Diver course and a dry project

The PADI Self Reliant Diver course will teach you how to dive safely without a buddy. You will learn elements such as self buddy checks and carrying a secondary air source

With our unique dry project, candidates with learn the art of multi-camera filming and independent audio recording, and how to edit them all together in Adobe Premiere Pro

Both of these extra skills are essential for working in UW Videography industry and will make you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs around the world


PAID INTERNSHIP


For successful graduates of our Pro Deluxe course we can offer a working internship where you get more practice, experience, and get 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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