NEW BSAC Beach Snapper

Written by Sophie

beachsnappersandBeach Snapper has been introduced to support clubs and dive centres in providing more family-friendly activities.


It's a fun course, introducing young people to creative photography at the seaside and is an ideal companion to the established Beachcomber.


What they will learn

At the end of the activities participants should have an understanding of how to use some of the basic settings on a digital camera, how to pick interesting subjects for their photos and how to take a good picture. They also receive a BSAC Beach Snapper certificate. 


Age Guidance

No restrictions. The target age group is 5-12 years but course content can be adapted for all age groups or individuals.


Beachsnapper1Who can deliver it?

Any responsible adult with adequate knowledge about photography. 

BSAC Beach Snapper could be delivered by parents while spending time with their children or by instructors to create more family-friendly group activities while on dive trips.

Leaders should be comfortable with and enjoy working with young people.



BSAC Beach Snapper can be delivered in about three hours or longer if by adding an indoor session on saving and editing photos if you have the facilities to do this.


BeachsnapperartfaceStudent pack

The pack for participants contains:

  • Beach Snapper guide
  • Certificate
  • Instructor resources / notes for parents are included
To order the pack, please visit our online shop.


What you will need

A beach, harbour, estuary or any seaside site, where interesting marine life and scenes can be found.
Each participant should have their own digital camera.

An instructor resource pack. These are free when ordering Beach Snapper course packs.


You may also want to order bright kid's safety bibs, especially for larger groups

From Debbie White, Oxford BSAC:

oxfordbeachsnappers"On Babbacombe Beach, Oxford BSAC had their first go at running the new Beach Snapper course. The course is aimed at encouraging young people to engage with the British seaside through photography.

The paperwork is simple  and straight forward in it's layout, easy to understand and effortless to adapt to any age or experience of those handling a camera.

After talking through basic seashore code and personal risk assessment it was straight into how to find your way around a camera, what the buttons do and how to hold the camera, as well as getting ready to snap away.

The course then smoothly flows into composition, framing the subject and rules of thirds.

The students are now ready to be let loose with their cameras and imagination.

The course suggests subjects and material to photograph as a basis, but the wonderful thing about children and some of us adults, is they have no limits in their imagination, they are not worried about 'getting it wrong'. Things catch their eye that we as adults often overlook.

Each student was given 10 minutes to take photos of landscapes, we regrouped and discussed. Followed by 10 minutes on textures, 10 minutes on water and reflections and so on, including shapes, people and beach art. The kids had great fun taking photos of their shadows, of their feet under the water and the way the water moved.

The Beachsnapper is ideally written for the course to be a long or short as the students involved dictate. As simple or as sophisticated as the entry level requires. Furthermore, it allows students of different abilities to take part on the same course at the same time."


From renowned photographer, Dan Burt:

“The new BSAC Beach Snapper course is a wonderful introduction to photography with an exciting emphasis on the endless possibilities available along the UK’s stunning coastline. After an introduction to the basics of how the camera works, young snappers will be encouraged to look at their surroundings in a different, more creative way. Undoubtedly this course will be the spark for many amazing images taken by BSAC kidz and having seen the results from one course already I think I’d better raise my own game!”



Last Updated on Sep112014

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