PADI Open Water Diver diving course

Discover the depths around the world!

Complete course in just 3 days!
If you've always wanted to know what's beneath the surface, now's the time to find out. With the PADI Open Water Diver – Beginner Course, you begin the journey of a lifetime.The course will change you forever.

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, the instructor presents the basic concepts necessary to learn how to practice scuba diving.

Classes start in a pool and then move into open water, with 4 dives on the fantastic island of Arvoredo.

How does the course work?

Become an accredited diver!

1°- Knowledge development

Certificate with international recognition!

Theoretical classes are developed online through the PADI system, for independent study.

Classes are made up of 5 modules, each followed by a knowledge review upon completion.

You will learn basic concepts of physics and physiology related to diving. These are simple concepts to understand and our instructors will be available at all times to answer any questions.

Study in the comfort of your home.

Do it at your own pace and without rushing!

Practical classes in just 3 days!

2°- Practical class in the pool

On the 1st day of practical training, the instructor carries out a review highlighting the main diving topics.

Before proceeding to training in the pool, the equipment will be presented, including assembly, demonstration of how it works and how to use it.

Now it's time to jump into the pool and have fun, it will be time to learn how to control your buoyancy, ascend and descend, and how to deal with unusual situations during diving, such as, for example, water inside the mask.

Rest assured that you don't need to get everything right at first, our instructors are prepared to help you overcome your difficulties.

Instructors prepared for whatever you need!

Credenciado Água Viva
Explore the depths around the world!

3°- Adventure with 4 dives on Ilha do Arvoredo

On the 2nd and 3rd days, it will be time for you to enjoy everything that scuba diving can offer. It will be the discovery of a new world.

There will be 2 dives per day, which guarantees enough time for leisurely learning, enjoying a snack between dives and enjoying the stunning view of Ilha do Arvoredo.

You will repeat all the exercises learned during the pool class and will still have time to explore and marvel at the marine diversity of Ilha do Arvoredo.

Dive to a depth of 18 meters, accompanied by a friend and explore the world through diving with your international certification!

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.

Explore as profundezas ao redor do mundo!

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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Beginner course

PADI Open Water Diver

or R$ 2500 on credit card
Certification with international recognition
PADI online teaching material
Diving gear provided during the course
4 Dives on Ilha Arvoredo;
Boat transportation to Ilha do Arvoredo
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  • Be at least 15 years old;
  • Good health, reasonable physical conditions and feel comfortable in the water.
Is it necessary to form a class to take the course?

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

How long the beginner course last?

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

What is PADI?

The acronym PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors. It is the largest and most respected diver training organization in Brazil and the world.

Anywhere on the planet, your PADI certification will be recognized and accepted.

Do I have to make a lot of physical effort?

No, diving is a contemplative and recreational activity, so we swam very calmly. Swim at your own pace and be free to explore.

I want to take the course, do I need to know how to swim?

No, but you need to feel comfortable in the water, reaching positive buoyancy (floating) with just the basic diving gear (fins, mask and snorkel).

Is scuba diving dangerous?

No, your dive will always be accompanied by one of our qualified professionals at all times. The diving sites we go to on Ilha do Arvoredo are for beginners and the depth does not exceed 8 meters.

If it's raining, will there be diving?

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

I'm pregnant, can I dive?

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


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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