AM start planningAcquire the knowledge and practical skills required to master the art of underwater photography while exploring the incredible diversity of the stunning coral reefs of the warm Indian Ocean. The course uses “top end” dSLR cameras; lighting and 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.
By focusing on becoming part of the marine world; using specialised breathing techniques and capitalising on the marine inhabitants natural curiosity, Fiona’s hand-picked and intensely trained team will teach you how to capture the most unimaginable photographs. Creativity and new techniques are key. The team will also show you how to capture star trails; time-lapses and other interesting land based techniques.
The dive sites include some of the top rated dive reefs in the world such as Manta reef. The whale sharks in Mozambique are legendary. During the winter months the humpback whales are omnipresent as they come to breed in the same bay. In Durban you will have a chance to dive the fantastic Aliwal Shoal and also get into the water with the black-tip sharks that frequent the area. Our partner dive company specialises in shark diving and has a cage for those who prefer.
Specifically, the program consists of a 20 dive photography package (see details below) an intensive 2 day free diving course, 1 cultural photography trip and 1 full day outing to the estuary near Barra, Inhambane. The course price includes 3 oceans safaris of which 2 are long-distance safaris aimed to ensure you get to swim with whale sharks and/or sharks and/or humpback whales depending on which month you join the program. Included in the price is extensive daily tuition from Fiona Ayerst’s hand-picked team- in other words you will live eat and breathe underwater photography for a full month. The price includes the use of professional underwater DSLR underwater photography kit and a month of food, accommodation and fun either at Blue Wilderness near Durban in South Africa or at Guinjata dive Centre near Inhambane in Mozambique.