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LEVEL 1 TRAINING (CMAS)
First level for CMAS and in the French diving federation (FFESSM). Allows you to dive to 20 meters under direct supervision of an instructor.
Accessible from 12 years old. Medical certificate required.
Practical, 4 to 6 dives with:
- Know, use and maintain your equipment
- Communicate underwater
- Observe simple safety procedures
- Stay with group and keep level underwater
Theoretical, with a book, a couple of classes and an exam. You decide when you want to take the exam, no stress...
The whole course is skill-based: no final exam!
Since July 2011 some legal updates have been added:
A diver can now be guided (GD) or autonomous (AD). So according to your level, and whether you are GD or AD, your depth prerogatives have changed: for example a Level 1 diver is AD down to 12 meters but GD down to 20 meters.
Keep it simple: a guided diver (GD) can go a bit deeper or on a more demanding dive than an autonomous diver (AD) because you are under direct supervision of a dive professional.
If you have any questions, please ask your local dive centre or your dive leader.