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Frédéric Dumas Museum

Museum, History, Famous people, Private museum in Sanary-sur-Mer
  • In April 1945, a trio of diving enthusiasts created an underwater study and research group.

  • Two marine officers Philippe Tailliez, Jean-Yves Cousteau and a civilian, Frédéric Dumas, created an underwater study and research group, the GERS, to study diving equipment, mine clearance, wreck salvage and diver training.
    A team of divers was then set up. Many volunteers, including the first manoeuvring instructor Maurice Fargues, an instructor at the diving school, assisted them. They participated in the expertise of the wrecks of the fleet scuttled in 1942 in the bay of Toulon.

    In...
    Two marine officers Philippe Tailliez, Jean-Yves Cousteau and a civilian, Frédéric Dumas, created an underwater study and research group, the GERS, to study diving equipment, mine clearance, wreck salvage and diver training.
    A team of divers was then set up. Many volunteers, including the first manoeuvring instructor Maurice Fargues, an instructor at the diving school, assisted them. They participated in the expertise of the wrecks of the fleet scuttled in 1942 in the bay of Toulon.

    In 1946, on board the "Elie-Monnier" notice, GERS divers worked alongside the "heavy feet", the common name for divers, who played the torch to destroy German mines. The year 1947 is the year of diving depth records! Frédéric Dumas opened the ball with 93m; the whole team followed until 90m and Cousteau reached 100m!
    The Frédéric-Dumas Museum honours the memory of these pioneers of scuba diving by preserving and presenting collections of ancient objects related to the history of human penetration of the underwater environment.
  • Environment
    • In centre of town
    • Town location
  • Spoken languages
    • French
Services
  • Equipment
    • Parking
  • Services
    • Tour free of charge
Openings
Openings
  • From January 1, 2023 until March 31, 2023
    Opened On Wednesday, On Thursday, On Friday, On Saturday, On Sunday
    * Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 6pm.
  • From April 1, 2023 until April 30, 2023
    Opened Everyday
    * Opening from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 6pm.
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