Dive with us

Diving in Marseilles means enjoying a playground of unique diversity and richness. The sea and the mistral have shaped vertiginous characteristics on either side of the surface. The islands and creeks offer divers of all levels original and varied trips.

More than a hundred sites have been identified in the Marseille area. Wrecks, drop offs, caves, shallow waters: there is something for everyone. The interest of the sites is strengthened by the protection offered by the Calanques National Park and the City of Marseilles.


Dive sites

The diving school welcomes its members all year round, mainly during weekends (see diving schedule)The number of dives is reinforced in the summer season in order to benefit from the best conditions of practice (2 tanks day dives , at sunset...) The dive site is determined (except for specific activities) according to the weather conditions, the general organization of the dives and the divers' desire - most often at the exit of the port on the same day. If the weather forecast (or conditions on D-day ) is unfavourable, we prefer to postpone in order to guarantee comfort and safety to our members (the cancellation or confirmation of the trip is usually made on t minus 2 days ).

Our activities


The diving school allows our members to train in technical diving and issues diplomas according to the FFESSM, FSGT and TDI. It welcomes children as early as 8 years by proposing a course adapted and oriented to the knowledge of the marine environment. From level 1 to level 3, the association's instructors are available on each trip to teach diving techniques, share their know-how and experience. Theoretical classroom sessions are organized for the preparation of levels 2 and 3. More specifically, our most experienced members can get involved in leading and teaching through the preparation of level 4 and conducting educational internships for future federal instructors. The courses can take place during weekly outings or during specific training courses see diving scheduleas well as rebreather training courses (JJ-CCR).

  • First dive : Discovering scuba divingAccompanied by an instructor, you will be able to discover our coastal seabed, you will learn breathing on an autonomous suit and will have the first sensations of evolution in 3 dimensions in immersion. The First dive lasts about 20 minutes depending on the conditions of the environment, your comfort and your desire. Only with an instructor who remains in constant contact with you, you can progress to the maximum depth of 6 meters (for children, the limit depth is lower and adapted according to their age). You will also benefit from a detailed briefing beforehand and of course during the sea trip. Under 18 divers must be accompanied by a legal representative (or accompanying person).
  • Level 1 training introduction to recreative diving.During the training, the beginner learns to manage his equipment independently and safely to evolve to a depth of 20 meters, supervised by a dive guide, with a maximum of four other divers. During the five training dives (number may vary depending on the student's progress), the beginner alternates between exercises and exploration phases. Additional theoretical information accompanies the technical courses and is provided during the sea trips.More information on this following link : https://ffessm.fr/gestionenligne/manuel/04_Plongeur_niveau_1.pdf
  • Children diving course initiation and discovery.. Depending on the age, the pedagogical team sets up an adapted teaching allowing the child to acquire autonomy, confidence and ease. During 5 dives (first alone with an instructor and then in a group) the young diver comes to discover the marine environment and learn about the recognition of living organisms, thus allowing to mix technical learning and knowledge of the environment. Shallow dives last between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the weather conditions (water temperature in particular). Children's dives take place mainly in the summer period in order to provide the most comfortable conditions possible.
  • Level 2 training Expand your evolution zone and improve your techniqueThis training is intended for level 1 divers wishing to broaden their depth of evolution (access to the 40 meter deep zone supervised by a dive guide) and acquire a higher level of technique allowing them to dive with one or two other scuba divers (in the absence of a dive guide, autonomous diving is limited to the 20 meter deep zone). We recommend that divers have completed at least ten exploratory dives before starting the training. An evaluation dive can be proposed before the training. The teaching takes place over ten dives (number may vary according to the student's progress) supported by 5 theoretical courses (about 1h30 each) and is validated by a written exam. During the training, the diver learns to organize his or her autonomous diving (consumption, orientation and decompression management) according to the instructions of the dive director and diving conditions as well as to manage an incident occurring during the dive. This training, more demanding than level 1, requires being in good physical shape due to the performance of technical exercises as well as a certain rigour in the regular follow-up of practical and theoretical sessions.
    More information on this following link : https://ffessm.fr/gestionenligne/manuel/06_Plongeur_niveau_2.pdf
  • Level 3 training Towards complete autonomy This course is for experienced level 2 divers (about fifty dives in deep exploration and autonomy). During this training, the diver adapts the technical skills acquired to dive independently to a depth of 60 meters in the presence of the Diving instructor (40 meters maximum depth in the absence of a Diving instructor). It is a question of giving the diver the ability to organize with 1 or 2 other team members the whole dive, determine its progress and the complete parameters (before/during/after) and give him the means to react for the best in all circumstances. A major importance is given to risk prevention and planning for more committed dives. Obtaining the RIFAP, first aid diploma specific to divingmanuel RIFAPThe training is done in ten dives (number may vary according to the student's progress) and is supported by 4 theoretical courses (about 1h30) validated by a written exam. An evaluation dive can be proposed before the training.
    More information on this following link : https://ffessm.fr/gestionenligne/manuel/09_Plongeur_niveau_3.pdf
  • Level 4 training Supervising The Level 4 – Dive Master course is designed for Level 3 divers who wish to share their passion by supervising up to four N1 or N2 divers. A solid diving experience (150 to 200 dives) and good physical condition are essential to start the level 4 training. It includes advanced technical dives, sustained theoretical courses and physical tests, all sanctioned by an exam. The time needed to acquire the required skills varies depending on the individual and their experience. More than a number of dives (usually about twenty) this is a significant time investment that must be devoted to physical training and learning the theoretical elements. This training can be organized in collaboration with other clubs.
    More information on this following link :https://ffessm.fr/gestionenligne/manuel/10_Guide_de_Palanquee_N4.pdf
  • Diving instructor : Teaching For the level 4 divers who wish to transmit their technical and theoretical knowledge (and who have completed an initial training course), we offer to accompany them in their technical and pedagogical progress with a view to the federal first degree monitoring. The first step is to attend the lessons given by our teaching team and then to take charge, under the supervision of a second level instructor, of leading practical or theoretical sessions.
    More information on this following link :https://ffessm.fr/gestionenligne/manuel/14_MF1.pdf
  • Rebreather JJ-CCR Closed-circuit training Expand your scope of practice For those who wish to increase their diving autonomy (depth, time, comfort and safety) the JJ-CCR rebreather is THE solution. No expired bubbles, an autonomy that can now be counted in hours rather than minutes... this is the ideal tool to discover or rediscover diving.Accessible to level 3 and Enriched Air/Nitrox certificated divers , the training provides the diver with the theoretical and practical elements necessary for the preparation of the machine used, the management of the recycler in immersion and the planning of dives. The training takes place between 4 and 5 days, integrating dives and theoretical courses. The diluent-air training will give you access to rebreather diving to a depth of 45 meters.

Exploration and environmental diving

The diving trips within our environmental diving school are accessible to all levels of divers, from beginners to experienced instructors (except specific trips requiring a minimum qualification in autonomy). It is possible to benefit from the boat and the diving director's advice for autonomous explorations under the best practical conditions. Our pedagogical team composed of several instructors and dive masters will be able to accompany any diver who needs or wishes to benefit from an adapted supervision. Our dives are always accompanied by specific content related to the environment. For the most interested, you can get involved in the POLARIS project and enhance your knowledge of marine biology and ecology during the outings. POLARIS platform allows you to participate in ecological monitoring.

At sea

It is on board the Cromagnon that we carry out our activities at sea; the platform provided by this 12-metre wooden boat provides a comfortable space for conviviality and exchange. On board are all the equipment necessary for the activity (mandatory safety equipment and diving equipment for divers who do not have their own equipment).A dive trip lasts between three and four hours depending on the distance from the site, the specificities of the dive and the weather conditions. It is therefore strongly recommended to bring something to protect yourself from the elements (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen or windbreaker, warm clothes...) depending on the season or weather forecast. Coffee, tea and water are available on board but we recommend that you bring your own cold or hot drink and a small snack when back from the dive. For those most sensitive to sea sickness, we recommend that an appropriate palliative be provided before the outings. You can leave your personal belongings ashore at the diving school or take them with you on board the boat (therefore plan to transport them in shockproof or waterproof elements)...

Diving schedule

En 2021, la saison sera dédiée aux sorties d’exploration et à la formation de nos adhérents. A très vite !


To dive with us, you must be a member of the association, have a current federal license (we can subscribe it for you), present a Medical Certificate of Absence of Contraindication for recreational diving (model medical certificate and list of medical contraindications) and your diving diploma  

The only exception: it should be noted that your first scuba-diving experience does not require any specific paper or membership but only the absence of contraindication according to the list described by the FFESSM.

To register for an outing and dive, please send an email to: plongee@septentrion-env.com.

Practical information

Our boat is moored at the INPP - Port de la Pointe Rouge - 3rd Portal, 13008 Marseilles
Rentrez dans l’INPP, continuez au fond à droite après le bâtiment administratif, jusqu’aux containers et à Cromagnon.

Prévoir un stationnement à l’extérieur de l’INPP (accès voiture uniquement pour décharger du matériel).

• Métro Ligne n° 2 : Arrêt Rond Point du Prado
• Bus n° 19 : Direction Madrague de Montredon – Arrêt Pointe Rouge Port


In the heart of the 8th arrondissement of Marseille, come and discover the youth hostel of Marseille Bonneveine: a simple, friendly welcome and an infrastructure ideally suited to diving will be available all year round (accommodation, catering, parking and rinsing area).
Tel : 04 91 17 63 30

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