DIVE TRAINING: THE DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS

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The FFESSM

Fédération Française d'Etudes et de Sports Sous-Marins / French Federation of Underwater Studies and Sports.

The FFESSM is an organisation approved by the French Ministry for Sport. It represents the largest diving association in France or on Overseas Territory. Internationally, the FFESSM is one of the founding members of the CMAS (Worldwide Underwater Federation). Its 5 training levels help divers move up from beginner to dive group leader. Training centres are free to organise the programme and trainees are taught the first steps towards helping a person in difficulty.

THE 5 FFESSM LEVELS

- Level 1 allows you to scuba dive, in the presence of a dive leader and in a zone from 0 to 20 metres deep, with a maximum of 3 other divers of the same level or higher. This training in itself helps to prevent diving incidents. In the event of a problem, a level 1 is capable of helping a team-mate whilst waiting for the dive leader to take over.
- Level 2 validates the same skills as level 1, plus, if the diver is aged over 18, autonomous diving down to 20 metres within a dive group of up to 3 people with authorisation from the dive supervisor. A level 2 diver can, in the presence of a dive leader, carry out explorations down to 40 metres. He/she can also undertake initiations in the club as long as they have carried out a certain number of autonomous dives and have followed the initiator training.
- Level 3 is a qualification that, beyond the actions permitted by level 2, gives the right to dive autonomously in the absence of a dive supervisor down to 40 metres. Beyond that (down to 60 metres), diving without a dive leader will require the presence of a dive supervisor within the structure.
- Level 4, beyond diving down to 60 metres autonomously, trains divers to guide or lead all levels of divers in a dive group. However, the guided group cannot be led beyond the limit of the diver with the lowest level.
- Level 5 gives you the title of dive supervisor in a FFESSM structure in the event of an exploration dive. Apart from organising the exploration, the dive supervisor is in charge of pairing up dive partners, monitoring levels, ensuring safety on the surface. Overall, they are responsible for the dive going well.
From level 2 onwards, you can take extra training to lead groups according to the level. These are initiator training courses (E1, E2, E3) and instructor courses (MF1, MF1A, MF2, MF2A). MF2A is training for free-diving.

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THE PADI SYSTEM

Professional Association of Diving Instructors

PADI, created in the United States, is the largest diving training organisation in the world. This business enterprise provides training for different levels of leisure diving. The qualifications that it validates are recognised throughout the world. There is just one identical teaching method throughout the world and from their first steps, divers learn to minimise risks.

THE PADI LEVELS

- Level 1 is called Open Water Diver and allows the holder to dive with a partner of the same or higher level autonomously down to 18 metres or less according to the prevailing local regulations. This training takes place after passing the Scuba Diver, a sort of transitive initiation towards getting the Open Water.
- Level 2, called Advanced Open Water Diver, validates the skills to dive autonomously with an equivalent training partner down to 30 metres depending on the diver's experience and the local regulations in force.
- Level 3, or Rescue Diver, is the transitive level between leisure diving and professional diving. This training level includes initial lifesaving skills. Above all, trainees will learn to recognise and manage potential difficulties that might be encountered when scuba diving.
- Level 4, the professional Divemaster certificate, makes it possible to manage a dive group with certified divers, or even to organise some initiation classes, under supervision from a PADI instructor.
As with the FFESSM, you can help instructors or even become an instructor and trainer thanks to the extra training on offer: Assistant Instructor and Discover Scuba Diving Leader.

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THE SSI

Scuba Schools International

This is an increasingly well-known international organisation in the world of diving, similar to the PADI system. Today, it is running in over 110 countries.
In all, it offers 11 diving levels, from level 1 to professional level. To obtain your levels and thereby move up a grade, you need not only certain qualifications but also to clock up a certain number of dives. For example, if you wish to obtain level 1, you need 5 dives in a pool and 5 dives in a natural environment and then, to obtain level 2, you need 12 dives with 2 speciality classes (wreck-diving, deep-diving, etc.) etc.

OTHER SCUBA DIVING ORGANISATIONS

Even if the aforementioned organisations are the best known in the world of scuba diving, there are many others providing training:
- the BSAC, or British Sub-Aqua Club, is a dive training association that groups together the majority of clubs and leisure divers in the United Kingdom.
- the NAUI, or National Association of Underwater Instructors, an American non-profit-making association, doubtlessly one of the oldest.
- the GUE, or Global Underwater Explorers, that is a worldwide diving organisation.
- the SNMP, Syndicat National des Moniteurs de Plongée (National Dive Instructor Trade Union)
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And many more!

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Baptiste, Subea Digital Manager 

I'm 36 years old. I'm the Digital Manager for the Subea brand. I'm keen on spearfishing and freediving and have been scuba diving for over fifteen years. I have my level 1 FFESSM and PADI certification up to “Rescue” level.

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