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FRENCH FEDERATION


CERTIFICATIONS FFESSM/CMAS

The FFESSM (Fédération Française d’Études et de Sports sous Marins) is today the main scuba diving organization in France with more than 150 000 licensees, 2,500 Clubs and SCA, 6,000 instructors and more than 70,000 issued patents each year.

The FFESSM has defined very complete training programs for each level, which make possible to guarantee homogeneous courses and a progression in complete safety.

However, equivalences exist for most of certifications issued by other French organizations.

A recognition by the World Underwater Federation offers all FFESSM graduates the opportunity to dive in a hundred countries.

You can take the courses from Level 1 to Level 4 at the Easy Dive Diving Center Juan les Pins.

Download the FFESSM Technical Training Manual (in French only): http://www.ffessm.fr/pages_manuel.asp


FFESSM TRAINING

LEVEL 1 FFESSM/CMAS

Do you like diving? Getting your level 1 will allow you to discover the depths up to 20 meters with an instructor and in complete safety.

Required conditions to take the course :

  • to hold a valid FFESSM license
  • to be at least 14 years old (12 if derogation)
  • to have a medical certificate of less than one year (general or specialized)

Objective of the training

The level 1 diver must have the skills to dive within the 20 meter zone under the direction of an instructor. For this, he must be able to take charge of his equipment and his evolutions. The level 1 learns to evolve in a new world, in which he must integrate the peculiarities by adapting himself so that the diving remains a leisure activity.


LEVEL 2 FFESSM/CMAS

You feel more confortable in water and you want to reach the first level of autonomy? Take a level 2 course: it will allow you to dive autonomously, with another level 2 at least, in a zone from 0 to 20 meters, and to dive with an instructor up to 40 meters. :

Conditions requises pour suivre le cours :

  • to hold a Level 1 or equivalent degree
  • to hold a valid FFESSM license
  • to be at least 16 years old (18 to go autonomously)
  • to have a medical certificate of less than one year (FFESSM, sport or hyperbaric doctor)

Objective of the training :

The level 2 diver must have the skills that allow him, when all of the dive group consists of adult divers of minimum level 2, to evolve autonomously in the area between 0 and 20 meters and can attend, in case of necessity, a diver in difficulty. Level 2 also has the skills that allow him to evolve in a zone between 20 and 40 meters accompanied by an instructor.


LEVEL 3 FFESSM/CMAS

You have acquired experience as an autonomous level 2 diver and you want to have complete autonomy in terms of evolution and safety: take a level 3 training.

Conditions requises pour suivre le cours :

  • to hold a Level 2 or equivalent degree
  • to hold the RIFAP
  • to hold a valid FFESSM license
  • to be at least 18 years old
  • to have a medical certificate of less than one year (FFESSM, sport or hyperbaric doctor)

Objective of the training:

The level 3 diver must possess the skills that allow him to evolve in conformity with safety standards, and inthe zone between 0 and 60 meters. In absence of a diving director, level 3 divers are able to choose the location, the organisation and profile of their dives.


LEVEL 4 DIVE LEADER FFESSM/CMAS

Diving is your passion and you want to share it? Level 4 training will give you access to the first level of teaching.

Conditions requises pour suivre le cours :

  • to hold a Level 3 or equivalent degree
  • to hold the RIFAP
  • to hold a valid FFESSM license
  • to be at least 18 years old
  • to have a medical certificate of less than one year (FFESSM, sport or hyperbaric doctor)

Objective of the training

Level 4 has the skills and expertise to be a dive leader for a group, up to 40 meters, and even to teach up to 20 meters if he holds the initiator certification. Level 4 is a condition to access the federal instructor levels.

If you would like more information about Level 4, including the organization of the exam, please refer to the corresponding chapter of the FFESSM Technical Training Manual.


The EASY DIVE diving center organizes every year 7 to 8 courses and exams for level 4 group guide.

The complete training with exam takes place over 15 days. Pre-exam prerequisite skills will be validated during the training.
You can register for the second week of training if you already have the prerequisite skills validated by a minimum E3 instructor.

Download the prerequisites sheet : Aptitudes Préalables N4


RIFAP

The training, leading to the issuance of this competence, is aimed at acquiring the necessary knowledge and expertise for the proper execution of actions intended to preserve the physical integrity of a victim of a diving accident, before being taken over by the emergency services.

RIFAP is mandatory for levels 3, 4, initiator, MF1 and MF2.

Required conditions to take the course :

  • to hold a valid federal license
  • to be 16 years old, with a written authorisation from a legally responsible person for minors.

Achievements can be validated in one or several sessions. The acquisition of this competence is materialized on the diving passport by the signature of the trainers (RIFAP section), or on a standard certificate.

Crossovers:

Training content

The training, essentially practical, then the evaluation of this competence, can be done in a natural environment and / or in a swimming pool. It will be carried out on the basis of demonstrations, learning of gestures and simulated accident situations.


DIVING FOR KIDS

All Easy Dive instructors have a wide experience in diving with kids: in group or individually, your children will be able to discover scuba diving in all safety, starting from 8 years old.

They will dive in protected areas and with perfectly adapted equipment:

– « baby tanks » of 6 or 9 liters

– children’s BCD

– regulators with specific mouthpiece

– shorties or wetsuits from the size of 6 years old

The new federal regulations allow parents, if they hold a level 1 (or equivalent certification) to accompany their child! Find out more!

Formalities of diving, for children

Young divers include divers from 8 to 14 years old.

To dive you will need:

  • a medical examination by an FFESSM approved doctor or a holder of scuba diving medecine diploma or Hyperbaric medicine in order to prepare a medical certificate to the practice of scuba diving. This visit may include an ENT examination with an audiotympanometry at the discretion of the doctor. This examination may be carried out by the same doctor if he has the necessary equipment.
  • the validity of this certificate is 6 months or 1 year according to the advice of the doctor for children up to 12 years, and 1 year for children between 12 and 14 years
  • an authorization from a parent or the legal guardian
  • a valid FFESSM license

Silver Diver (5 dives)

To get the Silver Diver diploma, the child must be able to:

  • locate himself in the blue space (zone of 6 meters)

  • reach the surface in all circumstances – to return to the starting point

  • show several underwater animals and some algae

  • know the complementary signs

Bronze Diver (5 dives)

To get the Bronze Diver diploma, the child must be able to:

  • put on and off his equipment

  • equalize his ears

  • remove and then clear the regulator

  • evolve in the blue space (zone of 6 meters)

  • return to the surface – recognize some underwater animals

  • know the basic signs

Golden Diver (5 dives)

To get the Golden Diver diploma, the child must be able to:

  • take care of his equipment

  • know the safety instructions, within a group

  • improve his diving skills – know why does he float

  • know why does he equalize his ears – why does he breathe out while going up

  • know the habitat and the behavior of animals

Group Qualification (2 dives)

In order to obtain the group qualification, the child must have at least the Bronze diver’s certificate. In order to obtain the qualification that will enable the child to dive with an instructor and a fellow, the child must be able to:

  • know the collective safety instructions
  • evolve in group

Inflatable boat or barge Qualification (1 dive)

To obtain the boat qualification the child must have at least the Silver diver’s certificate. To obtain the inflatable boat or barge qualification the child must be able to:

  • make a backward roll entry
  • descend along the mooring line
  • undo his equipment at the surface and manipulate it in the water

Go-fast boat or trawler qualification (1 dive)

To obtain the boat qualification the child must have at least the Silver diver’s certificate. In order to obtain the go-fast boat or trawler qualification the child must be able to:

  • behave correctly towards safety on the deck of the boat
  • make the giant-stride entry , go down without visual reference
  • make a safety stop with a visual reference
  • go up the Ladder all equipped
  • make some sailor’s knots

BCD qualification (2 plongées)

To obtain the BCD qualification the child must have at least the Silver diver’s certificate. To obtain the qualification the child must be able to:

  • check, fix and maintain the BCD
  • manage the buoyancy
  • do a controlled ascent