PADI IDC – Instructor Development Course

Take a giant step in your career

Conquer your freedom!
Becoming a PADI diving instructor is another step for you as a diver looking for a lifestyle change, an additional earning opportunity or even to open your own business.

As a diving instructor, you are able to work with the education of new divers, from their first dives to Divemaster.

Being part of this team is a great privilege, you will work outdoors and you will have the freedom to have a more peaceful life, enjoying that sunset at the end of the day.

Inspire new divers and share the passion for diving and this lifestyle!

How does the course work?

Be a reference to your students!

1°- Prepare to be an instructor

The PADI IDC instructor development course is divided into 2: Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (OWSI).

You will have access to the teaching material through the PADI system, where you will deepen your knowledge of diving theory, role model, rescue and leadership skills.

After studying the material, you will take exams on diving theory and PADI standards and procedures, and must obtain a minimum score of 75% in these exams.

Share your love of diving!

2°- Teach your students with quality

During the training, you will learn the entire PADI teaching methodology that will facilitate the planning, organization and presentation of information in the courses and classes you teach.

You will develop public speaking skills, in addition to improve techniques to demonstrate your diving skills, while taking care of the safety of your students in practical classes.

PADI courses are standardized around the world, so when you finish your instructor course, you will be prepared to work in any PADI Dive Center around the world.

Credenciado Água Viva
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3°- Be much more than an instructor

The PADI® Instructor Development Course provides the training that allows diving professionals to advance their training to become PADI Open Water Diver Instructors – the most sought after diving instructors in the world.

After completing training, the candidate will be required to take an Instructor Examination (IE) conducted by a PADI office assessor to verify skills and knowledge.

You receive a PADI Instructor rating through of hard work and commitment and is rewarded with a credential that qualifies you to share incredible underwater adventures with others.

Why dive with us?

Equipe qualificada

More than a Training

Ao longo de 10 anos da nossa existência, aperfeiçoamos o nosso método de ensino, não só nos preocupando em certificar mergulhadores, mas em formar profissionais preparados para trabalhar em qualquer Dive Center pelo mundo.

Hoje, temos diversos ex-alunos trabalhando com mergulho, espalhados por vários cantos do Brasil, como por exemplo Fernando de Noronha.
Somos PADI

We are 

It is the largest and most recognized certifier in the world for recreational scuba diving, present in 186 countries and territories.

As a diving professional, you will have access to the PADI Pro website, which has a job board updated daily, with various job opportunities around the world.

It's your chance to find the job of your dreams!

Guaranteed Adventure

The training will be conducted on Ilha do Arvoredo, considered the best diving site in the South of Brazil.

You will also have the opportunity to socialize with our team and divers, which is an excellent opportunity to develop contacts.

We are a family and we want you to be successful in your career.

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.


6 days for the IDC course with several Workshops (Diving theory, teaching methods, risk management, PADI standards, among others)
2 days for EFRI - Emergency First Response Instructor
5 classes in confined water (swimming pool)
4 classes in open water
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  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Hold the PADI Divemaster certification for at least 6 months;
  • Be an EFR or first aid instructor (included in the course);
  • Have treinamento em EFR or equivalent in the last 24 months;
  • Have 60 dives recorded before the start of the course and 100 dives for the IE (Instructor Exam);
  • Present a valid medical certificate within the last 12 months with authorization to dive.

Yes, it is necessary to form a group, as classes and evaluation dives are carried out on specific dates. Contact us to find out the next dates.


The duration is around 15 days, but it can vary depending on weather conditions and the student's performance.


Sim, é necessário que você possua os seus próprios equipamentos de mergulho.

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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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