One of the best tools for keeping people connected lately is social media, so GoPro and PADI—who are also best in their class for underwater photography and dive training, respectively—are teaming up to host the inaugural #UnderwaterSelfieDay event to raise awareness for ocean conservation around the world on Nov. 7.

Using this hashtag, we hope to unite the international dive, ocean conservation and GoPro communities by partaking in capturing and sharing blissful, underwater moments. Bring on the bubbly smiles, fishy photo bombs and, of course, serene marine moments.

Here are some tips and tricks to capture the best #UnderwaterSelfieDay GoPro content.

Nicole Aloha diving with a sea turtle

1. Grab your GoPro

The newest GoPro, HERO9 Black, revolutionizes selfie-taking with a front-facing color display to make sure you frame up the perfect shot every time. It also has 20MP photos and 5K video that delivers ultra-high-resolution 14.7MP frame grabs, so you’ll get the perfect selfie whether in photo or video mode.

PRO TIP: All GoPro cameras are waterproof to 10M, so grab any GoPro you have—just make sure the battery is fully charged before heading out!


2. Get the Gear

GoPro family member and underwater selfie/dive expert Nicole Aloha recommends grabbing:

Super Suit: The extra casing is ideal for deep-water diving as it’s waterproof down to 196 ft (60m); whereas the GoPro on its own is guaranteed to 33ft (10m).

El Grande: This makes it so your GoPro will capture your entire body in addition to the the background. I promise it won’t awkwardly crop out your head—trust me I learned from experience! 

PRO TIP: If El Grande seems too … grande … you can grab the more compact version the Shorty or opt for a hands-free option like The Strap.

GoPro diver taking a selfie.

3. Selfie Settings

You have some options when it comes to perfecting the underwater GoPro selfie settings.

LiveBurst: Baki Zainal (pictured above), another awesome GoPro family member, PADI AmbassaDiver and overall underwater selfie/dive expert, says he always sets his camera to photo mode with LiveBurst on before heading out for a dive.

“There are a lot of different, unpredictable conditions that are out of my control under water. And, marine life can swim by in seconds, so you always need to be ready for the big moment! To make sure I don’t miss the shot, I turn LiveBurst mode on because it captures 1.5 seconds before and after I hit the shutter button, giving me 3 seconds of 4K underwater video footage that I can use as photo content.”

Video Frame Grabs: Nicole, on the other hand, says she prefers using video mode, set to:

  • Resolution: 2.7K
  • Mode: Video
  • Lens: Wide
  • Color: GoPro

Time Lapse Photo: Time Lapse mode set to photo is a classic GoPro selfie mode, and a go-to recommendation if you wants lots of options to choose from

PRO TIP: The new 23.6MP sensor on HERO9 Black means more pixels—7x more than HD to be exact. So, you can zoom in on photos without losing the finer details.


4. Share to Social with #UnderwaterSelfieDay to Earn a Cash Prize + HERO9 Black

On Nov. 7, post your selfie (photo or video) to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag @PADI and @GoPro along with #underwaterselfieday. A panel of PADI judges will identify the top post based on performance and style, composition and framing, and overall creativity. The top entry will be awarded $2,000 and an all-new HERO9 Black. Two runner-up participants will also receive HERO9 Black cameras.

As a reminder, HERO9 Black is the first GoPro to offer a 23.6MP sensor to deliver 5K video with 14.7MP frame grabs, 20MP photos, next-generation 3.0 features and more.

PRO TIP: If you can’t go on a dive right now, no worries. Scroll through your saved photos and share your favorite underwater selfie from a past adventure. Visit the PADI Underwater Selfie Day page for additional contest rules and information.


Have a non-selfie dive photo or raw video you absolutely love? We encourage you to submit to for the opportunity to snag an award and be featured by GoPro. Also, if your content was shot on the latest HERO9 Black, it is eligible for the 2020 Million Dollar Challenge, also at