Diving in the
Azores

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Dive Center and Dive School

Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel, Azores
Espirito Azul is a company dedicated to Diving and Sea Tourism, founded by three lovers of the sea and diving. Our aim is to offer goods and services to all of those who, like us, also love the sea-based activities.
 
Besides a shop with all the diving equipment (also repairing facilities), we have at your disposal all sorts of programs like Snorkeling, Boat rentals including Skipper (for boat rides alongside the lovely coast of S.Miguel Island), and a full service dive center opened all year long, with at least two dive trips a day, from the Vila Franca do Campo harbour. We also offer most of the educational programs from most of the biggest and more important training agencies, from basic levels to Instructor training, both on Recreational and Technical Diving.
 
Come to dive with us, and we will be pleased to offer you the most amazing diving experience!
Social Naming: 
Espírito Azul, Mergulho e Actividades Marítimo-Turísticas Unipessoal, Lda.
 
Dive School and Dive Center Address:
Marina de Vila Franca do Campo,
Vila Franca do Campo
São Miguel, Azores
Portugal
 
Right in front of the boat´s ramp.
 
Social Headquarter´s address (ONLY for Mail):
Rua Centenário da Autonomia dos Açores, Number 18, 9680-024
Ribeira Seca, Vila Franca do Campo
São Miguel, Azores
Portugal
 
VAT Number: PT512075719
 
Contacts:
+351 914 898 253
+351 914 898 352
 
VAT Number: PT512075719

 
GPS: 37.714920, -25.430124

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For the lovers of the underwater world who have a scuba diving certificate, we offer a different and unique experience where the volcanic reefs, arches, underwater caves and wrecks are predominant.
For all of those that want to try a new and exciting experience, we offer the try dive experiences, that we are sure you will never forget!
 
We go out for diving at least twice a day (meeting hours at 9.00 and 14.00), everyday, all year round.

The wealth of the marine life attracts groupers, parrot fishes, stingrays, morenas, congers, mackerel, barracudas, manta rays, octopuses, tunas, black jacks and lots of other atlantic species.
The surface water temperature varies from 16ºC to 24ºC, with visibility of up to 40 meters.

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Opened all year
2 certified Instructors.
3 compressors.
1 BWA Super Diving 7,50 Meters RIB, with Honda 200 HP, 4 Stroke.
1 Cabin Boat, with Honda 200 HP, 4 Stroke, Honda 20 HP auxiliary and toillet.
Nitrox, Trimix and Oxygen fillings.
Oxigen Kits.
Oxygen cleaned c ylinders and regulators to rent.
Rebreather friendly services and storing.
15 complete diving equipments for rent.
3,7,10, 12 and 15 liters tanks (DIN and INT), with 1 and 2 outlets.
Support center with rinsing and storage area, toilets and hot water shower.
 
NITROX FOR FREE - For all the students that attend the Nitrox coursewith us!
Our Diving School is able to teach you all levels, from the very beginning to Instructor teaching. So, no matter which Training Agency you choose, from the ones we represent, you will always be able to go a long way in Espirito Azul School.
CMAS (Condedération Mundial des Activités Subaquatiques) is the oldest Training Agency in Europe, and specialised in training Recreational Divers. In Portugal it is represented by FPAS (Portuguese Federation of Underwater Activities) and the formation scheme is based essentially on 3 levels for divers and 3 for Instructors, with several Speciality Courses, like shown below in the diagram:
PADI and EFR don´t need presentations. PADI is the largest diving training agency in the world, and the courses available are as described below. EFR (Emergncy First Response) is the emergency first respone training division from PADI.
SDI was created in 1999 and grew out of the success of our sister company TDI,  which specializes in the more advanced disciplines of dive training.
Both students and instructors have embraced the no nonsense approach that the SDI training system offers. We have streamlined the course materials to let students study the essential academics with an emphasis on practical diving skills learned in both the pool and open water environments. SDI is the only scuba training and certification agency to require students to be taught with modern dive computers from the onset of training.
SDI course materials are state-of-the-art; the materials are lavishly illustrated with photography and graphics.
Diving is constantly changing. SDI staff is always looking forward and striving to be the innovators in scuba diving education. SDI focus is to make the experience of diving one that is enjoyed by every family member.

TDI is the largest technical certification agency in the world.  As one of the first agencies to provide training in mixed gas diving and rebreathers, TDI is seen as an innovator of new diving techniques and programs which previously were not available to the general public.  Training with TDI has provided divers with the opportunity to see such wrecks as the Andrea Doria, Lusitania and the Prince of Wales.  TDI divers have explored underwater caves in Spain, Australia and Mexico and assisted as support divers on world record freedives done in the Red Sea.

TDI’s professionals are held to the highest standard to ensure quality training throughout the world.  This means that as a diver taking a TDI course, your instructor will have documented his experience and knowledge prior to achieving that rating.  As an instructor candidate taking a TDI course, your TDI instructor trainer will have gone through the paces to achieve the highest level of training that TDI offers.

TDI is committed to offering the highest quality training supported by the latest materials with the most up to date information and techniques.  TDI’s materials are written by authors that acutely conduct the type of diving they are writing about.  Those same materials are updated as technology and equipment change.
Each of our Training Programs is based on our Diver Diamond Methodology, which focuses on the proper knowledge, skills, equipment, and experience required in becoming a highly qualified diver.
 
Knowledge
Knowledge replaces fears and fantasies with correct information. The SSI Home Study Total Teaching System (Full color Manual, DVD and Study Guide) will teach you certain safety rules and your instructor will relate that information in a “land value” to “water value” format with an interactive classroom presentation.
 
Skills
There are only two ways that people learn — either shock or repetition. Shock is not a good way to learn anything, especially diving. SSI’s signature water training method is “Comfort though Repetition.” It is important to take the time to develop the skills necessary for you to become a safe and comfortable diver.
 
Equipment
The safest way for anyone to become a diver is in their own high-quality, personally fitted Total Diving System. Being familiar with your equipment increases your ability and confidence using life support equipment. During your training, you will learn several equipment configurations which will enable you to make the best possible choice for your own Total Diving System.
 
Experience
While training develops knowledge and skills, the only way to get experience is to go diving. This is why SSI encourages more open water dives during training instead of just the minimum number of dives as required by industry standards. The more you dive, the more you will enjoy the sport. So get out there, explore new worlds, meet new friends and see why diving with SSI stands for “The Ultimate Dive Experience”!
 
Our training methodology
Your learning experience will come alive with personalized instruction that puts your skills to use in reality-based training scenarios. Our unique approach to dive training is known as:

Comfort through Repetition
By practicing each skill you’ve learned throughout each level of your training, your actions become conditioned responses - second nature! SSI training ensures you retain what you’ve already learned, while you continue to learn more.
The result: Learn to Dive is fun and you will get what you deserve: 'The Ultimate Dive Experience'!
 
Total teaching system
The SSI Training Materials and Online Training program are designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. You can complete the academics online FREE when you sign up for SSI’s Online Training program, and then attend review sessions at your favorite SSI Dive Center.

Supported by Free Online Training, an interactive learn how to scuba dive DVD, classroom training, full-color manual, dive tables, training record, and a supplement review, you can learn the academics at your own pace. All of these items are a part of SSI’s total teaching system, which captivates students young and old, and makes instructing fun and multi-faceted. You choose the way that you are most comfortable learning. Whether it’s in the classroom, online or in the comfort of your own home - it's up to you.
DAN Training courses teach the first aid steps to care for an injured diver and interact with medical professionals.

These courses help you gain a better understanding of dive medicine and how to respond to a dive emergency within your scope of practice.

They all provide diving medical education using a language that can be easily understood by everybody.
All dives includes:

Skipper, Underwater Guide, Boat, Fuel (up to 6 miles from base), Activity Insurance, Tank and Weight Belt.
 
Unit Price
 
Single Dive (1 dive)
Pack of 2 dives (37,50€ per diver)
Pack of 6 dives (34,00€ per diver)
Pack of 10 dives  (32,00€ per diver)
 
Rebreather Try-Dive
Discover Scuba Diving - Sea (PADI/SSI)
Discover Scuba Diving  - Pool  (PADI/SSI)
Try Dive - Pool and sea  (PADI/SSI)
 
40,00€
75,00€
204,00€
320,00€
 
90,00€
90,00€
50,00€
125,00€
 
Work Experience Programme (2 weeks, price per day)
 
35,00€
 
Extras (Charges are to be added to daily diving rates).

Off-Shore Reefs: Formigas and Dollabarat. Full day for 2 dives. (Min. 4 pax)*
Off-Shore Reefs: D. João de Castro. Full day for 2 dives. (Min. 5 pax)*
Shark Diving Programe (Dives and boat trip included, min. 4 pax)*
15 Liters tank
Night Dive (min. 5 pax)
Distance  (More than 6 Nautical Miles from our base)
Technical Dive or Rebreather (min. 5 pax)
Nitrox 28-40 - 12 Liters tank (For free for our Nitrox students)
Nitrox 28-40 - 15 Liters tank
Nitrox 40-100
Pick up (only for groups of divers)
Private Dive Guide (required for certain ages or certifications)
Refresh dive / Scuba Review
 
* At least one dive will be required before these dives.
 

 

160,00€
190,00€
140,00€
5,00€
10,00€
7,50€
10,00€
6,50€
9,00€
Ask us
Ask us
50,00€
40,00€

 

Special prices for Students oof our School, diving Schools, Groups and Agencies.

 

 

 

Renting

Complete Gear, per dive (without dive computer; knife and torch)
Complete Gear­, per day (without dive computer; knife and torch)
 
Price
 
20,00€
30,00€
 
Spare Itens
 
Empty tank (Technical Dive) ­ 3,7,12,15 Lts 
Filling up ­ Air 
Filling up ­ Air 15 Liters
BCD
Regulator
Wetsuit
Fins
Mask and Snorkel 
Boots
Vest
Gloves or hood
Weightbelt
Knife
Torch
Diving Computer
 
Per Dive
 
5,00€
5,00€
7,50€
5,00€
5,00€
5,00€
3,50€
3,50€
2,50€
2,50€
2,00€
2,00€
2,00€
5,00€
5,00€
 
Snorkeling
 
Snorkeling (boat and gear included) +/­ 2h 
Snorkeling (boat and gear included) +/­ 2h (more than 4 pax)
Guests on Board (per person, if places available)
 
Pack Snorkelling (Mask-Snorkel or Fins-Boots)
Pack Snorkelling (Mask, Snorkel, Fins and Boots included)
Pack Snorkelling (Wetsuit)
 
 
 
45,00€
37,00€
12,00€
 
7,00€
12,00€
15,00€
 
Boat with Skipper,fuel excluded / per hour  (max 6 pax / mon, 2 hours)
Boat with Skipper,fuel excluded / All Day   (10-17h)
Boats renting deposit
 
100,00€
600,00€
250,00€
 
Special Offers for pre-­booking
 
Renting complete gear for 10 Dives 
Nitrox pack for 10 Dives
 
 
120,00€
50,00€
 
Special renting prices for students of our shcool.
 
 

 

CMAS/FPAS Courses
 
All regular courses
Speciallity courses
Instructor courses
 
Price
 
On Request
On Request
On Request
 
PADI Courses
 
Scuba Diver - (theory, pool and 2 dives in the ocean, all equipment included)
Scuba Diver to Open Water Diver - (All equipment included)
Open Water Diver - (theory, pool and 4 dives in the ocean, all equipment included)
Adventure Diver - (theory, 3 dives in the ocean)
Advanced Open Water Diver* - (theory, 5 dives in the ocean)
Rescue Diver* - (theory, training dives and rescue scenarios)
Divemaster*
 
Specialities
Emergency First Response
Emergency First Response 1+2
EAN Enriched Diver ­ Nitrox - (Book and 1 dive included )
Peak Performance Buoyancy - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean)
Deep Diver - (theory, 4 dives in the ocean)
Digital Underwater Photography - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean, with own camera)
Underwater Navigator - (theory, 3 dives in the ocean)
Night Diver (theory, 3 dives in the ocean)
Drift Diver (theory, 2 dives in the ocean)
Search & Recovery Diver (theory, 4 dives in the ocean)
 
Other specialities
 
Educational materials are not included.
Certifications costs are included.
 
Price
 
310,00€
On Request
420,00€
280,00€
On Request
350,00€
390,00€
On Request
 
90,00€
130,00€
160,00€
150,00€
240,00€
185,00€
250,00€
195,00€
195,00€
240,00€
 
On Request
 
 
 
 
TDI Technical Dive Courses
 
All regular courses
 
Price
 
On Request
 
SDI Recreational Courses
 
All regular courses
 
Price
 
On Request
 
DAN Courses
 
All regular courses
Instructor courses
 
Price
 
On Request
On Request
 
SSI Courses
 
Scuba Diver - (theory, pool and 2 dives in the ocean, all equipment included)
Scuba Diver ro Open Water diver upgrade or referrals
Open Water - (theory, pool and 4 dives in the ocean, all equipment included)
 
Advanced Courses
Advanced Adventurer (theory, 5 dives in the ocean)
Specialty Diver (2 specialties including Deep Diving) - (theory, 5 dives in the ocean)
Adveanced Open Water Diver (4 specialties including Deep Diving) (theory, 9 dives in the ocean)
Master Diver (4 specialties including Deep Diving + Diver Stress & Rescue) (theory, 12 dives in the ocean)
Divemaster
 
Emergency Training
React Right (theory)
Diver Stress & Rescue (theory, 3 training dives)
 
Specialities
EAN Enriched Air Nitrox (theory and workshop)
Perfect Buoyancy - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean)
Deep Diving - (theory, 3 dives in the ocean)
Photo & Video - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean,  with own camera)
Navigation - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean)
Night Diving & Limited Visibility - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean)
Waves, Tides and Currents - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean)
Wreck - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean)
Search and Recovery - (theory, 2 dives in the ocean)
 
Other Specialities
 
Price
 
285,00€
On Request
395,00€
 
 
335,00€
395,00€
700,00€
890,00€
On Request
 
 
130,00€
365,00€
 
 
160,00€
185,00€
230,00€
185,00€
185,00€
185,00€
185,00€
185,00€
185,00€
 
On Request
 

 

Espírito Azul
Mergulho e Actividades
Marítimo-Turísticas
Unipessoal, Lda.
 
Licença de Operador 
Marítimo-Turístico 14/2009
 
Dive Center
Marina de Vila Franca 
do Campo,
Vila Franca do Campo,
São Miguel, Azores
Portugal

 

Contacts:
+351 914 898 253
+351 914 898 352
www.espiritoazul.com