Advanced scuba diving course

Have even more exciting adventures!

Explore the depths!
On the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the most enjoyable and useful diving specializations that will develop your skills, as well as making your dives safer..

There will be 5 different adventures on Ilha do Arvoredo, 2 of which are mandatory: Deep Diving and Underwater Navigation and the other 3 will be: Search and Recovery, Buoyancy and Fish Identification.

Upon completion of the course, you will be certified to dive up to 40 meters.

How does the course work?

Master your skills even more!

1°-Knowledge development

Dive up to 40m!

You will receive all the online study material for the advanced course through the PADI system so you can study in the comfort of your home.

Afterwards there'll 1 practical class on land, where we will go over the theory of deep diving, underwater navigation, and search and recovery.

We will carry out exercises on the ground to establish the procedures before continuing with the practice at sea.

Practical classes in just 3 days!

2°- Adventures on Ilha do Arvoredo

Instructors always nearby!

On the 2nd day of training, there'll be 2 dives at Ilha do Arvoredo, where we will practice deep diving and underwater navigation. These dives are a boost of confidence as you master these fundamental skills.


With deep diving you will expand your limits and be able to dive up to 40m.

However, for this type of diving to be fun and safe, it is essential that you correctly learn the techniques involved.

You will be prepared to explore most diving sites around the world.


Have you ever stopped to think about how you would locate yourself at the bottom of the sea?

On this adventure, you will learn visual reference techniques and navigation instruments, such as a compass, to locate yourself and return to the point of origin of the dive.

No more getting lost following the turtles!

Credenciado Água Viva
Enjoy your dives more!

3°- Many adventures still await you

On the 3rd day of training, there'll be 3 dives in Arvoredo that will complement the advanced course training. The adventures will be: Search and Recovery, Buoyancy and Fish Identification.


Did you drop your camera while diving?

In the search and recovery adventure you will learn how to recover small and large objects from the bottom of the sea.

You will learn to perform search patterns, deal with adversities, such as low visibility, and use the lifting bag to retrieve objects.

Peak Performance Buoyancy

What defines a good diver is their ability to control their body, ascend, descend, hover on the seabed and swim smoothly without great effort.

On the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, you will learn all these skills, such as controlling your breathing, swimming techniques and weight control.

You will become a master of buoyancy and will be able to enjoy the most fragile ecosystems even more closely without damaging them.


What was that fish? This is a very common question after diving.

On this adventure, you will learn to identify the main families of fish and their main characteristics.

Are you going to a dive site where there's a fish you really want to see? You'll know exactly where to look.

After successfully completing the 5 adventures you will be able to receive your international certification – PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

Why dive with us?

Equipe qualificada

Qualified Instructors

The team is mostly made up of biologists and oceanographers. In addition to being bilingual in English and Spanish.

Our instructors are prepared to meet any need you may have.

Equipment and Materials

All diving equipment is included during your adventure. Each piece of equipment is selected and prepared, in addition to being sanitized.

Didactic materials and certification are included.
Somos PADI

We are 

It is the largest and most recognized certifier in the world for recreational scuba diving. Therefore, wherever you go diving, there will be a PADI operator.

Certification does not expire.


The entire activity before diving is already pleasurable, from the moment we find ourselves at the base, the journey we take on the boat enjoying the majestic coastline of Florianópolis, until we arrive at Ilha do Arvoredo, where a completely different world awaits us.

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.

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Curso básico

PADI Open Water Diver

ou 10% de desconto à vista.
Certificação com reconhecimento internacional
Material didático online PADI
Equipamentos do mergulho fornecidos durante o curso
4 Mergulhos na Ilha do Arvoredo;
Transporte de barco até a Ilha do Arvoredo
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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

or R$ 2500 on credit card
Certification with international recognition
PADI online teaching material
Diving gear provided during the course
5 Dives on Ilha Arvoredo
Boat transport
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  • Be at least 15 years old;
  • Have the PADI Open Water Diver certification oor equivalent from another certification body recognized by PADI;
  • Good health, reasonable physical conditions and feel comfortable in the water.

There is no need to form a class to start the course. You can do it whenever you want and at your own pace.


Practical classes can be done in just 3 days and theoretical classes are in online format, through the PADI system, where all content will be available for you to study at your own pace..


Yes of course! What stops us from diving in Arvoredo is the strong south wind.


Pregnant women cannot dive and cannot board, due to the time and distance we sail.

I have a cold or have had COVID, can I dive?

There are a number of health problems that make diving impossible. Therefore, it is important that you consult us first.

In relation to COVID-19, it is recommended that your doctor first evaluate your lungs, as this disease leaves consequences that make diving impossible.

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About school

Ilha do Arvoredo


Escola Água Viva

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 life goal.

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 seabed cleaning expeditions.

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

Ilha do Arvoredo

The Ilha do Arvoredo Marine Biological Reserve is considered the best diving spot in southern Brazil, known for its marine diversity with various types of fish, turtles, seahorses and rays, as well as being on the migration route of humpback and Franca whales. The island is also an important archaeological site formed by burials characteristic of human occupation 4000 years ago.

The diving spots in Arvoredo differ in their characteristics, which can vary according to the formation of the bottom, minimum and maximum depths, most commonly found species, currents, or even specific characteristics, which provide a less conventional dive, such as a shipwreck, cave , etc.

The diving spots are all located in the southern portion of the island, the best known are: Ponta do Farol, Saco do Vidal, Saco do Farol, Baía do Engenho, Baía das Tartarugas, Saco do Batismo and Saco do Capim.


Our boat Água Viva VII was built in 2013, designed with specifications to best serve recreational diving.

Our boat is rated for open seas, with capacity for 4 crew and 46 passengers. The boat is also licensed for scientific research and adapted diving work.

It has ample sheltered space for passenger movement, which provides comfort and a beautiful view of the coast of Florianópolis and the mainland.

Specifications: 14.5 meters long; 5.40 meters wide; MWM X12 240 HP turbocharged engine; Average sailing speed 8 knots.

The boat has: Oxygen kit, first aid kit, VHF radio, GPS, Garmin probe, fresh water and bathroom.

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