Diving in Provence
A Long History
The history of diving and that of Provence are intimately linked: the first underwater archaeological dig in France took place off Marseille’s shores in 1952. At the time, the aqualung had just been developed. A Marseille diver told Frédéric Dumas, a pioneer of underwater diving, the location of a vast body of amphoras. In on the secret, Jacques-Yves Cousteau moored his famous ship, the Calypso, close to the Riou archipelago. In five years, frogmen – aka scuba divers – from the entire region brought several thousand amphoras to the surface. A few decades later, Provence has become an essential place for diving, with its seabed full of treasures.