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posted : September 14, 2005 Post subject: diving in france
Hi there,
Does anyone know what is needed if you wish to dive in France? We are PADI qualified and will have done our advanced open water in nov. We were thinking of going to France next june. Any advice appreciated.

posted : September 15, 2005 Post subject: diving in france
PADI qualifications accepted there as rest of Europe. They have their own national training qualifications as we do with BSAC. I believe you will need an up to date medical and Insurance but you should already have these as you are doing your advanced. Be warned, water is still cold in France, pack your dry-suit!

C Wallace
posted : September 16, 2005 Post subject: diving in france
hello Liz, Yes, you will need a medical certificate/letter from your GP stating that you are fit to dive and you must have some form of dive insurance.
A lot of dive operations (maybe all of them?) operate on a club basis so you may have to pay a one-off club membership fee.
Your PADI qualifications should be accepted in most places.
If you're diving in the South of France you don't need a dry-suit in June, but a 7mm wetsuit should suffice. The bay of Bandol and the Iles de Porquerolles are highly recommended.

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