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PADI licence : Not ok in France ?

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May 5, 2001
Hello !

I'm going in France. French buddies said to me that most of the divings there are organised by diving clubs that do not allow you to get with them if you don't have a certain kind of french licence to dive. They think that my PADI advanced diving licence will not be ok for those clubs and ... that it won't be ok even if I just want to rent diving stuff in French diving shops.

Is anybody here has ever experienced that problem in France ?

Interesting experience


France dive centres are generally affiliated to CMAS, which governs all underwater sports worldwide or Fédération Française d'Études et de Sports Sous-Marin (FFESSM/French Federation)

Saying that most dive centres in typical diving tourist areas should accept the big certifing agencies such as PADI, BSAC, NAUI, SSI, etc...

Your best bet is to call the dive centre before you leave for France and tell them what your qualification is and when you are likely to dive with them. This way they can advise you as to whether they will allow you to dive with them and if they require any check-out dives (which most centres should do to be honest).

I dived in a French resort once about 7 years ago and it seemed to be well run, although it was a tiny little centre and at that time they still used reserve valve systems on their cylinders which led to some amusing signals between me and my buddy when his cylinder slipped.
Dive in france

i'm a Padi Divemaster living in France. Some club are very closed to anyone who is not from the same village as them. That's the problem with the french federation. But as you can see on the Padi site www.padi.com, the french federation and Padi are working together now, so all you need is a medical proof stating you are able to dive. check those address:
to learn about padi ffessm accord
To look for padi dive center in france

Where exactly are you going in France? For myself, i dont dive with club, but i have no problem to rent equipment. Just remember, everything is in meter for distance, Kg for weight, Bar for pressure and they use steel tank.
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