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  • So today I'm going to talk about the FFESSM as we say in French

  • Which is one of the French Federation of scuba diving. This is the way that French people are taught to dive.

  • (bubbles sound)

  • So I mentioned last year that I was starting to train with them on a regular basis two times a week

  • so today I wanted to share what my experience was, if I liked it or not.

  • And before we start I want to give a quick disclaimer. This is only my point of view

  • Some people can have and will have different experiences than I had

  • especially since I came from a scuba school

  • experience, I might not see the things like French people

  • Also if you're French

  • feel free to activate the caption down there

  • all my videos are captioned in French and English for your convenience.

  • So first of all this French Federation...

  • Is a nonprofit organization

  • run by members

  • That take and make live the organization

  • So it's like a bit different from scuba school that you can have in other places

  • Because you don't pay to have your level you pay to join the Association

  • So you do have that sense of big community around it

  • I know that we French people do things differently

  • I quote "because we invented scuba diving"

  • So a French level will not be the same as a PADI or SSI level

  • as I said before, I am a

  • SSI dive guide and a PADI Rescue Diver.

  • So coming from that point of view the FFESSM was quite

  • troubled by me, they did not know how to treat me.

  • Some people were like "you need to start from the beginning"

  • and other ones were like "you can navigate through different levels.

  • And up to today, I do not have a FFESSM level

  • Because it was too complicated for me to get it but I will come to that later on.

  • So the way it works is

  • You go two times a week in the pool. I mean on my

  • association, some association can be different.

  • My sister trained with them when she was a teenager and she trained one time a week and Nicolas,

  • before we went to Canada, trained with them as well and he went two times a week.

  • So where I live we are very lucky to have a deep pool meaning that we can go up to five meters down

  • which means that it is easier to train young and

  • inexperienced divers at five meters than three.

  • We did have the pool all for ourselves

  • so we could take divers down and

  • simply train.

  • The first weeks I was assigned to a group and

  • Then they decided I was good enough on my own so I was able to go down by myself

  • on this pool session training,

  • and we started playing with Nicolas on theses diving session

  • You can see various videos when we train. I have instagram posts where I

  • take pictures so it was good fun.

  • And once a month we could go to a very deep pool, 20 meter deep,

  • where we could train I also have videos of that. So the first time I went there they decided they would evaluate me

  • without telling me so I had a very bad experience there. The guy tried to...

  • I don't know what he tried to do, he

  • thought I was faking a pannicked diver even though I was the one who was supposed to be trained, so

  • I ended up removing my entire gear, hitting him and then grabbing Nicolas' octopus.

  • So after that incident I decided I did not want to train with that guy

  • And the club kind of apologised and let me do whatever I wanted so I was left on my own.

  • So I was there for the sense of community that I kinda lost

  • I think that coming from a dive school place they didn't know what to do with me

  • So I would not recommend you to try to switch.

  • I actually talked to my first ever dive instructor

  • whose wife used to be a

  • diving instructor with the FFESSM and she was like, "yeah you you're better off on your own."

  • Thing is I can't train anyone and I can't dive

  • someplace with only

  • My SSI and PADI license.

  • In France you do need the FFESSM or any other

  • Scuba Federation, so I might try again I don't know, still on the fence on that.

  • One other thing that I really liked about

  • This experience is that I had a dive insurance

  • With my license right there.

  • This is a worldwide diver insurance, a bit like DANI used DAN when I was training in Malta

  • And yeah, it does cover a lot.

  • And another thing that I was able to do is that the association is

  • train to be a visual inspector for diving tanks

  • Which is this card right there.

  • If you didn't know in France, we have like this regulation around tanks

  • They need to be visually inspected

  • every year and every three or four years they need to be re-evaluated on a special organisation.

  • So every year a bunch of visual inspector technician come together and

  • Just look at tanks

  • If you own a tank, you do need to have it inspected and it will be written on the neck of a tank there

  • We did learn how things were made

  • The different kind of tanks, what the danger of tanks are and what tanks should look like.

  • So it was very very interesting for me

  • I'm really happy that I was able to do that

  • And in order to keep that license

  • I do need to visually inspect one tank a year

  • at least, if I don't I would need to redo the formation that takes place in two days.

  • One thing that I missed a lot during this training is that they don't know how to play.

  • I've started training as a kid

  • So I started training playing underwater. I made a video about that if you want to check it out

  • so when I taught Nick had to dive I also went playing with him, so

  • them not knowing what I was doing when I was playing, I even had someone to stop me on the

  • side of the pool while I was putting hoops underwater to play around

  • saying "what are you gonna do with that? Are you playing?

  • What's that?"

  • And he went asked my supervisor

  • which is the the person who is supposed to train me basically for the third level, and

  • that person went "oh let them do what they want to do" because we already talked about that

  • But yeah, I had people coming to see me and don't understand and once we were playing underwater

  • Like people went training and play with us

  • Um, which was weird

  • So we might have started a new trend in the French scuba diving world!

  • and in the same area of not playing they do have their own way of doing things.

  • I can't tell you the number of time I heard "well PADI might do that but we do that differently and stuff."

  • I'm very lucky to have met people from all around the globe

  • And know different types of scuba diving. I met French,

  • German, people from England, people from Switzerland

  • So I know how these people interact and sign under water and I can tell you French people act their own way,

  • Which is very different from all the other people. I don't know how to say having 50 Bars left on your tank

  • But I do that and they do that. I mean it's ok, but I just need to know

  • One time my sister showed me

  • that sign

  • Which was for her

  • I'm panicking and for me, that means I have no air left

  • so that can be very tricky, if you're diving with a French person, make sure to include a sign in your

  • dive briefing because they don't have the same as yours.

  • One comment that someone left on my

  • PADI versus SSI video

  • Do summarise well what this organization is

  • They said "the big problem with national organization is that they run at local level by absolute tyrants were at best

  • power drunk cretins" and that is very true. I knew three directors

  • in three different organizations and they do

  • old stupid people. I'm sorry if you're one

  • But they have their own way of doing things and they want things exactly the way they want

  • even if it's stupid as I said before

  • The guy was the director who basically tried to strangle me underwater and didn't even apologize

  • So yeah!

  • They are not all like that. I mean there is nice people

  • my neighbour two houses that way

  • is from the club and he is a very nice person. We did invite him a bunch of times

  • He helped me with my dry suit and stuff. So he is a very nice person, but he also acknowledged that

  • The director is a jerk.

  • So in conclusion, I would say I loved the fact to be able to go two times a week in a pool

  • To be able to train for new things such as the visually inspect our things,

  • But I did not like the way the organization is run.

  • So will I train with them again?

  • I would love to be able to add the E1 level which is the level that you are able to

  • make initiation because that's what I love about being a professional scuba diver

  • is being able to share my passion to other people and

  • unfortunately, I can't do that in front with my level. So I'll see if I

  • continue training with them or if I'll find another

  • Diving Association because there is lot a lot of diving associations in France.

  • But for now on I'm gonna take a break

  • I'm about to move also, so maybe the new city will be nicer, but I am tired of

  • constantly having to prove myself, even if I've been diving since I'm 10 years old.

  • I'm never good enough for these people just because I come from PADI and SSI.

  • So that was my take on the FFESSM.

  • If you did train with them, let me know

  • what was your experience in the comment section.

  • And if you do know a French Federation of diving that is pretty friendly with other

  • Scuba schools, I would love to because I am tired of them.

  • If you do have any other questions, let me know in the comment section

  • I try to do a scuba diving related video every month or so.

  • Feel free to subscribe to have more scuba diving and travelling videos and I'll see you in the next one.

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フランススキューバダイビング連盟で1年間トレーニングを受けました。 (I trained with the French federation of scuba diving for a year | Crazydivers)

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