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PADI partners with GoPro for new Specialty course



Training agency PADI has partnered with action camera supremos GoPro to create the GoPro PADI Distinctive Specialty course, a new GoPro-specific specialty certification for certified scuba divers, providing training on how to use GoPro cameras, accessories and the Quik video editing app to become the ultimate storyteller and content creator.

“We created this course with GoPro to give scuba divers a new superpower that enables them to capture and share meaningful underwater adventures,” says Lisa Nicklin, Vice President of Growth and Marketing for PADI Worldwide.

“Learning to dive will change your life forever. Learning to capture and share content with your GoPro will inspire others to do the same while also raising awareness and action to help heal our shared blue planet.”

Many divers use GoPros to capture their adventures underwater

With the GoPro PADI Distinctive Specialty Course, divers will learn how to take their adventures to the next level through:

  • Responsibly using GoPro cameras, accessories and mounts to capture amazing photos and videos both above and beneath the surface
  • Enhancing their storytelling techniques
  • Editing and sharing content using the GoPro Quik video editing app
  • Promoting ocean and environmental stewardship and conservation while inspiring others to create positive ocean change

“Divers have been a big part of the GoPro community, using their GoPros to capture some of the most beautiful and inspiring images we’ve ever seen,” says Rick Loughery, GoPro’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications.

“Expanding our partnership with PADI will not only introduce GoPro to even more scuba divers, providing them with exciting new learning and adventure opportunities, it will also further GoPro’s mission to work with organisations that have a passion for ocean conservation.”

Diver videoing their buddy exploring a sunken Huey Cobra in Aqaba, Jordan

Last month, PADI’s community of scuba divers joined GoPro, Catalina Divers Supply and the Avalon Rotary Club for the 42nd Annual Avalon Harbour Underwater Cleanup on Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, California.

At the event, more than 600 volunteers and participants learned about ocean conservation, the importance of PADI AWARE’s Dive Against Debris and how diving can support local, national and international communities in the fight for ocean conservation.

All proceeds from the event benefit the University of Southern California Hyperbaric Chamber, Avalon Rotary Club Foundation and the Avalon Casino Dive Park Improvement Project.

GoPro subscribers will receive 15% off PADI’s core Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, and Rescue Diver eLearning courses now through 31 December 2024 – get the details and register here. GoPro is offering PADI Club members a three-month free trial to the GoPro Quik video editing app – get the deal here. For more information on using GoPro’s HERO12 Black and associated accessories for diving, visit GoPro’s diving + snorkelling page.

Photo credit: Jeng Chen and PADI

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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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