Diving and surfing Tips

Good health, good diving

Whatever your age, it is important to be in good health. If diving is prohibited for pregnant women, some health conditions (asthma, heart problems, nervous …) require a prior medical opinion, even for a baptism.

School of fish © Benoît Cappronnier

It’s my choice !

Do you really want to? Or do you throw yourself into the water under the pressure of your entourage (friends, husband …)?

relaxation

On the surface, swim, dabble, look underwater … Becoming aware of the aquatic environment quickly reduces apprehensions to make you feel better.

My mask

Choose a mask that fits your face, and do not over tighten the strap. To avoid fogging, do not hesitate to spit on the inner pane, spread the saliva, then rinse. It’s a bit rustic, but effective!

No, diving does not hurt your ears!

In diving, we feel the effect of water pressure especially on the eardrums. Thus, during the descent – frequently and even before an embarrassment appears – it is necessary to blow gently while pinching the nose to balance the ears. Fastoche, no!

Breathe in breathe out…

Underwater, you must breathe normally, without ever trying to save air. Besides, you lug a large amount on your back!

Essential signs

OK, everything is fine it's not okay We go up We are going down

 

Just for your eyes !

Basically, look around you almost forgetting the monitor, which fully manages your security and guides your meetings with the nice inhabitants of the “world of silence”. Take with you plasticized plates presenting fauna and flora of the spot …

Golden rules

Respect absolutely the delicate environment around you. Do not bring food to the fish, do not touch anything, and watch where you put your fins! The backup of the sites and their occupants depends on you.
Warning: if you pass your first patent during the holidays, remember to respect a period of 24 hours before flying or to undertake a ride in the mountains, so as not to change the course of desaturation …

Snorkelling and apnea

It is recommended to practice snorkelling (snorkeling with fins, mask and snorkel only) with a diving center that accompanies you on the best sites, while ensuring your safety. Do not forget t-shirt and sunscreen, and take your time to observe the underwater life, without traveling long distances. From time to time, remove the tuba from the mouth to ventilate well. Avoid repeated apneas without supervision, and always rest between two dives.

The child’s dive

Initiation of children – usually from the age of eight – requires appropriate equipment (small vest, bottle “bottle”, full suit) in a suitable environment (hot water, spot without difficulty). Only one dive per day possible. Beyond the motivation of the parents, it is the desire of the children that must prevail. The FFESSM offers them specific training graduated by three levels of divers (bronze, silver and gold). At PADI, children spend their Bubbles maker …