This country saw the invention of the SCUBA and its development into the mainstream by one of Frances most famous divers - Jacques Costeau As is expected the French make keen and enthusiastic divers. Geographically the country benefits from four dive regions: The glamourous and enticing Mediterranean, Corsica, the Bay of Biscay. Followed by the more realistic and harsh English Channel (or la Marche as the French prefer to call it!). Diving is slightly cheaper than in the UK, overall but expect higher prices in the South-East/Rivierra provinces.
France is the home of the CMAS organisation
Sport diving first started in the South of France in the years following World War 2. Jacques Cousteau was an ardent pioneer of the scuba diving cause and his efforts bore much fruit. In the dawn of the 21st Century the sport of scuba diving is more popular than ever.
France has a mixed climate. In the central and northern regions a temperate climate holds sway. In the southern provinces the mediterranean sea gives a warmer and sub-tropical climate range. The diving is considerably more comfortable in the south for this reason.
Broadly speaking the trend for diving in France is mainly club diving in the North and resort diving based in the south.
Hyperbaric Chambers are available in the event of an emergency. To date there are about 16 chambers across France with the majority in the mediterranean coastal cities. For further info on individual chambers and locations click here