Fédération Française d'Études et de Sports Sous-Marins

Fédération Française d'Études et de Sports Sous-Marins
Abbreviation FFESSM
Formation 1948 (1948)
Type NGO
Purpose Underwater Sports & Sciences and diver training
Headquarters France
  • L31 8BX24 Quai de Rive Neuve 13284 MARSEILLE Cedex 07 FRANCE
Region served
Official language
Leader President
Affiliations CMAS
CMAS Europe[1]
Website http://www.ffessm.fr/
Formerly called
FSPNES (1948)
FGRSSM (1952)
FFASM (1953)
FNESSM (1954)

The Fédération Française d'Etudes et de Sports Sous Marins (FFESSM) (French Federation of Undersea Studies and Sports) is the main diver training organization of France and was formed in 1955 after a merger of 2 organisations of which one was founded as early as 1948. It has 160,000 members and consists of 2200 clubs. It is one of the founding members of the Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS, World Confederation of Underwater Activities). The other French federation is the Fédération Sportive et Gymnique du Travail (FSGT). In France, there are two associations of professional instructors: the Association Nationale des Moniteurs de Plongée (ANMP) —which founded the European Committee of Professional Diving Instructors (CEDIP)—and the Société Nationale des Moniteurs de Plongée (SNMP).


In 1948, the organisation was created under the title, the Fédération des sociétés de pêche à la nage et d’études sous-marines (FSPNES) (Federation of Fishing and swimming underwater surveys). In 1952, FSPNES became the Fédération des groupements régionaux de sports sous-marins (FGRSSM) (Federation regional groupings of underwater sports). In 1953, FGRSSM became the Fédération française des activités sous-marines (FFASM) (French Federation of Underwater Activities). In 1954, FFASM changed its name to the Fédération nationale française d’études et de sports sous-marins (FNFESSM) (National Federation of French studies and underwater sports) in order to avoid confusion with FASM, a rival organisation with a similar name. In 1955, FNFESSM and FASM merged to become FFESSM.[2]

Underwater sport

FFESMM supports competition at all levels for the following underwater sports: finswimming, freediving, spearfishing, underwater hockey, underwater orienteering and underwater target shooting. It also offers competition in canyoning.[3]


Diver level

Leadership level

Presidents of the FFESSM

See also


  1. "CMAS Europe Articles of Association, 25 June 2005" (PDF). Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  2. History of FFESSM, FFESSM, retrieved 16 February 2013
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