PADI Rescue Diver

Stay ahead of emergency situations

Prevent and manage diving problems!
The PADI Rescue Diver course is considered one of the most challenging courses, but at the same time, one of the most rewarding.

As a rescue diver, you learn to not only worry about yourself, but also to consider the safety and well-being of other divers.

Although the course is challenging, it is an enjoyable way to increase your confidence level as you will be prepared to avoid problems and, if necessary, manage diving emergencies.

After the Emergency First Response course, the rescue diver course is ideal for you to learn how to apply rescue techniques, in an emergency scenario, during diving.

How does the course work?

Consider your safety and that of other divers!

1°- Be more than a diver

The course is divided into theoretical classes, available for independent study via the PADI online system, and practical classes, designed over 2 days of training to develop these skills.

On the 1st day, the instructor demonstrates 10 different emergency scenarios, exemplifying techniques and procedures so that you maintain your safety, while helping a diver.

On the 2nd day, it will be the day of simulations and that is where the fun begins, as it will be the time for you to practice the skills together with your diving partner, exchanging roles, where one will be the victim and the other the rescuer, and vice versa.

Discover techniques to deal with each situation!

2°- Develop your confidence

Your skills will be put to the test, both on the surface and under the sea, until you develop your confidence and make performing the procedures natural. You learn:

  • How to deal with tired divers;
  • Reaction to a panicked diver;
  • Search for missing divers;
  • Procedures for unconscious divers on the surface and underwater;
  • Emergency management and equipment.

Although the course is quite serious and focused, with the instructor surprising you with different emergency scenarios, it's also a lot of fun.

Expect lots of laughs between simulations.

Worry about your diving partner!

3°- Reach a new level as a diver

The course will change the way you dive and that is why many divers say this is the best diving training they have ever done.

You will become a better diver and dive partner, developing immediate skills for resolving small and large emergencies.

In addition, the PADI Rescue Diver course is the last step before Divemaster, which is the first professional level for anyone who wants to make a living from diving.

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.

Therefore, wherever you go diving there will be a PADI operator.

Guaranteed Adventure

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.

PADI Rescue Diver

or R$ 2500 on credit card
2 days of training
10 emergency simulations
Scuba gear
Certificate with international recognition
Boat transportation to Ilha do Arvoredo
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  • Be at least 12 years old;;
  • Possess certifications:
  • 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.


The specialization can be done in 3 days, 1 day being for theoretical classes and the other 2 days for practical classes on Ilha do Arvoredo.

In addition, you will have teaching material for home study, available through the PADI online system.


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.


Há uma série de problemas de saúde que impossibilitam o mergulho. Portanto é importante que você nos consulte antes.

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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