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FFESSM/CMAS COURSES


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What is FFESSM ?
It stands for French Federation of Underwater Sports and Studies. The main Scuba diving organism in France has defined exhaustive courses for each level, which allows for greater teaching consistency and safe progress. Recognised by CMAS, it allows its 150,000 licencees to dive in over a hundred countries.


What are the different Certifications? What purpose do they serve?


FFESSM/CMAS Level 1 (5 dives)
Allows you to dive, with an instructor, to a maximum depth of 20 meters, and to acquire the technical and theoretical basics that are essential to the safe practice of scuba diving. Requirements: a valid licence, to be at least 14 years of age (12, with special dispensation), a doctor's certificate (GP or specialist) that is less than 12 months old.

FFESSM/CMAS Level 2 (10 dives)
Allows you to dive without an instructor to a maximum depth of 20 meters, and to a maximum depth of 40 meters with an instructor. Requirements: Level 1 (or equivalent) certification, a valid licence, to be at least 16 years of age (18 for diving without an instructor). A doctor's certificate (from a sport, hyperbaric, or FFESSM-licenced doctor) that is less than 12 months old.

FFESSM/CMAS Level 3 (10 dives)
Allows you to dive without an instructor, to a maximum depth of 60 meters, with no more than two other divers who hold Level 3 (or equivalent) certification. Also allows you to organise your own dives, without a diving director. Requirements: Level 2 (or equivalent) certification, a valid licence, to be at to least 18 years of age, the RIFAP certificate, a doctor's certificate (from a sport, hyperbaric, or FFESSM-licenced doctor) that is less than 12 months old.

FFESSM/CMAS Level 4 (complete 15 dive training course), first leadership, level, for divers preparing the Instructor exam. This certification gives you the skills and know-how necessary to lead a group of divers, to a maximum depth of 40 meters. It even allows you to teach, to a maximum depth of 20 meters, if you also hold a "Club Initiation Qualification".

Requirements: Level 2 (or equivalent) certification, the RIFAP certificate, a valid licence, to be at least 18 years of age, a doctor's certificate (from a sport, hyperbaric, or FFESSM-licenced doctor) that is less than 12 months old.


RIFAP certificate (First Aid Reaction and intervention on a diving accident) mandatory for levels 3 and 4 and for Federation Instructors.

Acquisition of the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to the efficient execution of the procedures designed to preserve the physical integrity of a diving accident victim, before the arrival of rescue services. This largely practical training course is comprised of real-life exercises, detailed procedures and in-situ simulated accidents.

On account of the specificity of the RIFAP certificate, there is no equivalence with first-aid diplomas delivered by the "Civilian Security" or other organisations. Anaesthetists (doctors and nurses), holders of a FFESSM licence, are automatically qualified for modules 4, 5, and 6, which make up the RIFAP competency. They must, however, take the exam for modules 1, 2, 3, and 7. Holders of the PSE1 (or equivalent diploma) delivered by the Civilian Security, Interior Ministry, holders of a FFESSM licence, are automatically qualified for modules 4, 5, and 6, which make up the RIFAP competency. They must, however, take the exam for modules 1, 2, 3, and 7 The CFPS (Certificat Fédéral de Premiers Secours - Federal First Aid Certificate) delivered prior to 09/22/2001) does not consitute an equivalent diploma.

Requirements: a valid federal licence, to be at to least 16 years of age. Candidates younger than 18 must provide written consent from their legal guardian.

PADI Training



PADI e-learning

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world's largest recreational diving membership and diver training organisation. PADI members teach the majority of the world's recreational divers, with nearly 800,000 certifications per year. PADI professionals make underwater exploration and adventure accessible to the greatest number, while maintaining the highest professional standards regarding training, safety and client service.




Scuba Diver (4 dives)

Made up of the first 3 modules of the Open Water Diver course, this certification provides you with the essential knowledge and the exercises you'll be needing in order to dive with an instructor, to a depth of 12 meters.

Requirements: to be at least 12 years of age for the Junior Scuba Diver category, and 15 years of age for the Scuba Diver category, a Doctor's certificate (GP or specialist) that is less than 12 months old.
Learning materials: OWD Manual and Video.


Open Water Diver (8 dives)

Allows you to dive without an instructor, to a depth of 18 meters.

Requirements: to be at least 12 years of age for the Junior Open Water Diver category, and 15 years of age for the Open Water Diver category, a Doctor's certificate (from a sport, hyperbaric, or FFESSM-licenced doctor) that is less than 12 months old.
Learning materials: OWD Manual and Video.


Advanced Open Water Diver (5 dives)

In order to complement your basic technique, you will be doing a deep water dive and an underwater orientation excercise. At the end of the course, you will choose three dives among the specialist dives offered by your instructor.

Requirements: Padi Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent diploma), to be at least 12 years of age (for the Junior Advanced Open Water Diver category), to be at least 15 years of age ( for the Advanced Open Water Diver category), a Doctor's certificate (GP or specialist) that is less than 12 months old.
Learning materials: Adventures in Diving Manual and Video.


Rescue Diver (5 dives)

Prepares you for the prevention and management of accidents likely to happen during a dive. You will improve your technical abilities and self-confidence. Moreover, this certification is your first step on the way to the Divemaster, the first PADI professional diploma, which allows you to work in diving structures at the international level.
You will learn about: : self-rescue and diver's stress, emergency management and equipment, recognising and managing stress in other divers, artificial breathing protocol in the water, hoisting other divers out of the water, diving accidents scenarios.
Requirements: AOWD (or equivalent) certification, a Doctor's certificate (from a GP, or a sport, hyperbaric, or FFESSM-licenced doctor) that is less than 12 months old.
Learning materials: Rescue Diver Manual and Video


Divemaster (8 dives), PADI first professional level.

You will improve your diving technique and bring your theoretical knowledge up to a professional level. You will learn how to supervise divers and how to assist an instructor during training sessions. You will be qualified to supervise and accompany divers during their training sessions, or outside the training structure, in different environments.

Requirements: Rescue Diver (or equivalent) certification, a Doctor's certificate (from a GP, or a sport, hyperbaric, or FFESSM-licenced doctor) that is less than 12 months old, to be at least 18 years of age, proof of a minimum total of 60 dives at the time of certification


EFR (Emergency First Response)

This innovative emergency aid program offers full tuition in Primary care (CPR) et Secondary care (Premiers Secours).

Course content:


Evaluating a scene, Assessing the condition of an injured person, Assessing the condition of a sick person
Bandages, Making a splint, Use of protections
Primary assessment, Artificial breathing, Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
Management of bleeding, state of shock, choking
Spinal injury management
Automated External Defibrillator (DEA) use, Oxygen Therapy equipment use




THE NITROX


What is Nitrox?
Air is composed of nitrogen (78%), Oxygen (21%) as well as a low percentage of other gases. Nitrox contains the same components as air, only with a different percentage. For example, Nitrox 32 contains 67% Nitrogen, 32% Oxygen and 1% other gases. When you dive with Nitrox, the percentage of Nitrogen is reduced, whereas the percentage of Oxygen is increased. Nitrox diving is becoming increasingly popular, since using Nitrox instead of air offers many advantages:

Reduced absorption of Nitrogen, which contributes to a better comfort during and after the dive.
Enhancement of the safety curve, e.g. the time during which one can stay at a given depth without needing a safety stop.
Optimisation of safety.
Slight reduction in gas consumption for the diver.
Reduction and improvement of decompression conditions for dives involving safety stops.

Additionnal info:

Nitrox is increasingly on offer on diving cruises around the world.


Obtain your certification as a Nitrox diver in just 2 dives!