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French Course

   General Introduction

General Introduction

The development of diving equipment and education system allows more people to practice scuba diving as a leisure activity. Recreational diving training programmes are generally divided into several steps that guide you to learn progressively. As knowledge and experience accumulated by time, you’ll be able to dive safer and deeper or to deal with more complicated situations. With more confidence, you’ll feel more and more free underwater.

french scuba dive course

French school and PADI, two schools of internationally recognized training programmes are available at our dive centre. All our courses include a technical training part and an underwater discovery part.
Courses can be given in English or in French.

The class is done in small groups of maximum 4 divers with 1 instructor. VIP course and group course can also be scheduled to fit your needs upon request.
Flexible dive course could be scheduled to suit your availability. You simply need to specify the dates and the language of your wish. To plan your course, please feel free to contact us.

For your health and safety, a medical certificate of no contraindication against scuba divingfrom a doctor issued within one year is required for the enrolment of all training programmes. To pass level 2-4, you need to present a certificate issued by a specialist in sport. If you look for a specialist doctor, you could contact a doctor in the area. (Tip : Don’t forget to ask your doctor for 2 copies of medical certificate. As for the enrolment of training course, our dive centre needs to file one original copy.)

The underage divers need to provide a written parental authorisation.

French School Scuba Dive Courses
french course anmp ffessm - ANMP and FFESSM

Emile Gagnan and Jacques Cousteau invented the first commercially successful modern diving regulator in France in 1943. The revolutionary development promoted the popularization of scuba diving activities. Though PADI is nowadays the largest association worldwide, the French school has its particular and mature system, which is also internationally recognized.

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We deliver certifications from beginners to professionals in the French diving education system. After the end of your course, you will receive a double sided certification card which gives you both your French level ANMP or FFESSM and the equivalent CEDIP or CMAS qualification. It is recognized in member countries including French territories.

The Level 1 20m is the first diving qualification in France, with this qualification you can dive with a guide to a maximum depth of 20 metres.

The PE 40m (Supervised diver 40 meters): with this qualification you can dive with a guide to maximum 40 metres.

The PA 20m (Autonomy diver 20 meters): with this qualification you can dive with a buddy but without guide to maximum 20 metres.

french scuba dive school

The Level 2 40m gives you the right to dive autonomously to 20 metres. You may also dive with a guide to a maximum depth of 40 metres. This level is the transation level in the french course and a recognition for experienced divers.
This course prepares you to be a truly autonomous diver: assisted ascents, reaction to problems, dive planning, surface marker buoy deployment and underwater navigation, etc.
If you have already obtained both PE 40m and PA 20m qualification, you could directly apply for your Level 2 40m qualification.

The Level 3 60m is the highest level for recreational divers. It gives you the right to dive autonomously to 60 metres.

The Level 4 divers are guides of the dive groups. They start to take more responsibility to supervise the beginners during diving.

To plan your course, please feel free to contact us.

   Level 1 20m

Level 1 20m

For whom?

It is the first level available for the French certification and is also the first step before any higher-level courses. Before starting this training, you should have already a first experience through introdutory dive which is a private course.

french scuba dive course level 1

Result

Your card level 1, recognized internationally, opens the door to the dive world for you. This level equips you with the minimum knowledge necessary to dive with the supervision of a Dive Master to maximum 20 meters.

How?

In this course, you will learn to master your security, to use the equipment, to know and to respect the marine environment. You’ll follow your instructor in a short theory class to understand the basic diving knowledge. You learn to dive in comfort and security.
Each session contains a technic presentation and underwater practice.
This programme includes 5 sessions in a minimum of 2 days and half.

When?

This session is available 3 times a day at 8:30am, 10am and 2pm. Appointment is required by phone,by email or why not by a visit to our dive centre?

Price

350€ (All included.)
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french scuba dive course level 1

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Next step

With the Level 1 certification, you have the possibility to further develop your comprehensive skill by taking the PE 40m, PA 20m orLevel 2 40m course or to learn how to dive with enriched air by taking the Nitrox course. If further study is not yet the goal, simply go fun dive with your Level 1 20m certificate.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

   PE 40m

PE 40m

For whom?

PE 40m (Supervised Diver 40 meters) is a complementary to Level 1 20m. It allows the Level 1 or the PA 20 divers to improve the skills for diving deeper.

Any Level 1 diver (or equivalent), if he/she is older than 16 years old, in good health condition and has acquired certain diving experience after the previous training, he/she is suitable for passing PE 40m.

french scuba dive course PE 40

Result

With this qualification, you could dive to maximum 40 meters with the supervision of Dive Master.

How?

This course contains especially the practice of deep dive after taking a theory course. It teaches you to improve your technics to adapt to the depth.
You’ll need to do 4 sessions in minimum of 2 days to pass this level.

When?

This session is available twice a day at 8h30am and 2pm. Appointment is required by phone,by email or why not by a visit to our dive centre?

Price

350€ (All included.)
Consult the price here!

french scuba dive course PE 40

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Next step

To follow the education path, you have the possibility to :
- dive autonomously with other autonomous divers to maximum 20 meters by taking the PA 20 course, and ultimately obtain your Level 2.
- or to learn how to dive with enriched air by taking the Nitrox course.
If further study is not yet the goal, why not just go and relax.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

   PA 20m

PA 20m

For whom?

PA 20m (Autonomous Diver 20 meters) is a complementary to Level 1. It allows the Level 1 divers to improve the skills of diving autonomously with other autonomous divers.

french scuba dive course PA 20

Any Level 1 diver (or equivalent) older than 18 years old, in good health condition and has acquired certain diving experience after previous training is suitable for passing PA 20m.

Result

With this qualification, you could dive autonomously with other autonomous divers to maximum 20 meters.

How?

This course contains a theory part regarding the autonomous diving skill, for example, underwater navigation, assistance of teammate, prevention of accidents and procedure of managing decompression, etc.
You’ll need to take 8 sessions in minimum of 4 days to study for this level.

When?

This session is available twice a day at 8h30am and 2pm. Appointment is required by phone,by email or why not by a visit to our dive centre?

Price

500€ (All included.)
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french scuba dive course PA 20

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Next step

To follow the education path, you have the possibility to:
- go deeper with the supervision of Diver Master by taking the PE 40 course and ultimately get your Level 2 40m.
- or to learn how to dive with enriched air by taking the Nitrox course.
If further study is not yet the goal, why not just go fun dive and relax.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

   Niveau 2 40m

Niveau 2 40m

For whom?

Level 2 courses improve your comprehensive dive skill as well as prepares you to dive autonomously with other autonomous divers. It is a combination of PE 40m and PA 20m.

Any Level 1 20m diver (or equivalent), if he/she is older than 16 years old, in good health condition and has acquired certain diving experience after previous training, he/she is suitable for passing Level 2.

french scuba dive course level 2

Result

This qualification allows the qualified divers to dive autonomously to maximum 20 meters or to maximum 40 meters with the supervision of the Dive Master.
Qualified divers younger than 18 years old couldn’t dive autonomously until they are 18 years old.

How?

During this programme, you’ll improve your basic knowledge acquired in earlier sessions. It brings you the practical knowledge and theory in order to dive autonomously and deeper.You’ll leant to navigate underwater, assist a diver in difficulty, manage decompression, prevent dive accident and other skills necessary for diving deeper or autonomously.
You need to take 10 sessions in minimum of 5 days.

When?

This session is available twice a day at 8h30am and 2pm. Appointment is required by phone,by email or why not by a visit to our dive centre?

Price

550€ (All included.)
Consult the price here!

french scuba dive course level 2

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Next step

To follow the education path, you have the possibility to :
- develop further by attacking Level 3.
- or to learn how to dive with enriched air by taking the Nitrox course.
You could also validate your Advanced Open Water PADI by equivalence.
If further study is not yet the goal, why not just go fun dive and relax.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

   Niveau 3 60m

Niveau 3 60m

For whom?

Level 3 is the highest level in recreational dive. It's perfect for divers who want to improve their comprehensive knowledge, reach new dive sites and organize their dive with buddy divers.

Any Level 2 diver older than 18 years old in good health condition and with some diving experience after previous training could follow this training.

A first-aid training taken in the previous 2 years or a RIFAPis required.

french scuba dive course level 3

Result

The qualified diver could dive autonomously with other divers, of similar or higher qualification, to maximum 60 meters at all the dive sites.

How?

Since it’s a big jump from Level 2 40m, this is a more challenging level. Besides advanced theory course, practice is especially important for improving your autonomy skill at all depth. Intervention technic, first aid, prevention of risk and dive plan will also be applied during the practice.
This course includes 10 sessions in minimum 5 days.

When?

This session is available twice a day at 8h30am and 2pm. Appointment is required by phone,by email or why not by a visit to our dive centre?

Price

650€ (All included.)
Consult the price here!

french scuba dive course level 3

Next step

To follow the education path, you have the possibility to :
- develop further by attacking Level 4,.
- or to learn how to dive with enriched air by taking the Nitrox course.
You could also validate your Rescue Diver PADI by equivalence.
If further study is not yet the goal, why not just go fun dive and relax.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

   Niveau 4

Niveau 4

For whom?

Level 4 is a role quite different from the previous ones. It is the qualification, which allows you to lead your dive group. Thereafter, you have the possibility to involve in a dive instructor career.

Any Level 3 60m diver older than 18 years old in good health condition and with some diving experience after previous training could follow this training. A RIFAP training taken in the previous 2 years is required.

Result

With this certification, you’re allowed to lead a dive group to maximum 40 meters.

How?

In this training, you’ll be trained to supervise Level 1 and Level 2 divers, train them and answer their questions. The course is designed with a professional theory part. Your technic skill will get to be perfect to ensure the security of other divers. The advanced training prepares you for a physical exam as well as technic and theory exam at the end of the training.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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