Emergency First Response (EFR) – First Aid and CPR

Provide help to those in need and make a difference

Save lives and provide assistance!
As a diving professional, Divemaster and Instructor, the first responder training course aims to build your confidence and prepare you to be available when faced with a medical emergency, as well as being a requirement for the PADI Rescue Diver course.

It is essential that you learn first-aider skills through simple steps and practice in the classroom, to help anyone with a life-threatening situation or a child who has injured their finger.

The first aider course is not just for diving professionals, but for all people who want to make a difference in the lives of those who need medical assistance.

You will be the front line in first care, playing a fundamental role.

How does the course work?

1°Prepare-se para ser um socorrista
Be prepared for any scenario!

1°- Prepare to be a rescuer

Emergency medical care procedures may seem intimidating and complex, but in reality they are not because you will apply the same steps regardless of the medical nature you may encounter. Check out the training steps:


In this stage you will learn the steps and techniques for dealing with life-threatening emergencies.

You will learn how to perform CPR and continue to monitor the patient, increasing the chance of survival, until emergency medical services arrive.


Not all medical conditions are life-threatening.

At this stage, you will learn how to provide first aid to relieve pain and reduce the risk of further damage.

You will understand how to assess a variety of injuries and illnesses and practice dressing and splinting.

Be a fundamental part of someone’s life!

2°- Simple teaching for accurate actions

The EFR method is very didactic and easy to learn you will learn simple memorization words that will help you follow the necessary steps in the correct order of medical priorities. More training steps:


Due to the more fragile physical nature of babies and children, at this stage you learn to apply specific emergency skills and care to avoid serious injuries during procedures.


At this stage, he focus will be on training in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), teaching how to use the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) from its assembly, through monitoring of vital signs and discharges electricity into the patient.


In some areas of work, more intense training in CPR and first aid is required.

This step will include additional topics and skills to meet requirements, while following EFR's easy learning method.

Be a citizen of the world!

3°- Save lives around the world

The course is divided into 2 stages:

1st stage: The student receives material for independent study at home;

2nd stage: There will be 1 face-to-face class with the instructor, who will pass on all the skills necessary to provide assistance in different scenarios.

After successful approval, you will receive certification with international recognition, which is valid for 2 years, which must be renewed after this period.

Why take the course with us?

Equipe qualificada

Qualified Instructors

Our EFR instructors are qualified to teach classes in a pleasant way and are ready to deal with any difficulties that our students may present.
Somos PADI


Classes are reduced to a maximum of 4 students, so that the instructor supervises each student while performing resuscitation maneuvers on the training mannequin.


The teaching material is standardized worldwide, in addition to being simple and easy to learn, with demonstrative images for better understanding.

International Certification

All EFR courses are recognized by the International Alliance of Resuscitation Committees (ILCOR), which ensures the standardization of rescue procedures.

What customers say...

Based on 228 reviews.
Excellent experience
It has already started with the great welcome and guidance from Maicon. Super professional team, prepared for any incident; The materials they offer us are of good quality and in excellent condition. In my opinion, practicing in the pool was essential for safe diving and, above all, being able to count on the care and patience of instructor André made all the difference. And the experience ended perfectly, on the paradise island of Arvoredo. Congratulations Água Viva Mergulho/Florianópolis! Will I be back?❤️
Ana Carolina
Excellent diving course
I had an incredible experience on the diving course!
I had a lot of fun, learning, and diving with confidence. The entire team is wonderful, the instructors are calming and even the trip was very enjoyable!!
I highly recommend it!!!
Nay Ferreira
Wonderful experience
It was a unique and wonderful experience. The boat trip was incredible, the crew was super helpful and friendly, the divers (Ryan, Fábio, Fiuza...) are super careful, fun and attentive... The diving baptism was sensational, the marine life in the place is incredible and very beautiful. I will definitely do it more often, it was wonderful.
Flávio Henrique
Great experience!
The experience was fantastic! If I were starting my career, it would definitely be my choice. The entire crew is to be congratulated for their commitment and dedication, but the photographer diver knows what he is doing very well! Don't forget to hire their services. PHOTOS ARE RECORDS FOR LIFE! There is no point trying to film or photograph with your own camera. It gets very bad. His camera and he are professionals. Worth every dollar! Congratulations to all of you! From the store staff, to the Captain. Congratulations on your professionalism, you know what you are doing!
Dener S
An incredible experience
I crossed 1/2 of Brazil to do this dive and it was worth every penny, super attentive crew, wonderful place, super peaceful dive. There was a moment when I felt seasick and the crew was super helpful, if you have the opportunity, choose the baptismal dive, it's a totally different experience, and MUCH BETTER, than just snorkeling. The location is perfect, the fish were everywhere, even on the stairs that lead to the boat, the divers (Ryan, Fabio, Davi, Fiiuza, I hope I haven't forgotten anyone's name) are VERY friendly, polite, happy and playful , I don't even know what else to write, it's an experience difficult to describe, just the boat trip to Ilha do Arvoredo is something unique. When the photos arrive I will update here.
Top diving
I am accredited, I had a great experience with the Água Viva group. I recommend Ilha do Arvoredo for diving.
Basic diving course
I took the open water diver course and had an excellent experience. The staff is very careful at all times and very competent, I loved it!
Wonderful, excellent staff
Scuba diving. The experience was wonderful, we went to the island of Arvoredo, even though the visibility wasn't the best (rough sea) we had the opportunity to see stingrays, turtles, seahorses, moray eels and dozens of fish and colorful corals, thanks in large part to the guide who he knows the place very well and gave us an unforgettable dive. I recommend.
Diego Morales
My official initiation into diving
I took the open water diver course, and I felt well educated. The practical classes cover much less content than the theoretical material, but by talking straight, the instructors provide training in different useful skills that you feel necessary.
Excellent organization and experience
Without a doubt one of the most organized operators I have ever dived with. Punctual, large and well-maintained boat. Experienced, attentive and friendly professionals provided a great experience.

Emergency First Response

or R$ 1300 on credit card
1 face-to-face class
Certification with international recognition
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Just the desire to help and provide assistance to anyone in need of medical assistance.


In-person training can be done in just 1 day.

The teaching material will be available to the student to study at home and, when they feel prepared, they can schedule the knowledge assessment for any day.


Yes, it is necessary to form a class. Get in touch to check availability.

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to provide assistance;
  • For diving professionals, Divemasters and Instructors;
  • For those who want to take the PADI Rescue Diver specialty;
  • Other professions that require training.

Find out more about the school

Escola Água VivaGreen Star

In the essence of every diver there is a very strong desire to preserve nature. Curiosity about the world beneath the waves and the animals that inhabit the depths has attracted many generations of divers and we have inherited the tradition of protecting the environment that we enjoy every time we dive.

Diving is our passion and teaching new people about this world is our goal in life.

Água Viva Mergulho was founded in 2012 on these pillars. We believe that every diver has a duty to preserve nature and we strive to incorporate this mission into our diving operations, whether collecting fishing hooks, plastic bottles or organizing specific deep-sea cleaning expeditions.

For all our dedication to training conscious divers and promoting environmental conservation actions, we were honored by the Green Star Awards.

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