It’s pronounced Nee-suh. Not nice as in nice things. So where is this place in France then? Well, it’s on the southern French coast also known as the French Riviera or Côte d’Azur where many Europeans especially Britons escape to. Celebrities flock there not just to get to their second French coastal home but also for the film festival at Cannes. It’s almost like Costa del Sol or the Mexican Riviera (Cancun), but with its own distinctive style.
So what’s an adventurous person to do in a sun-lounging place like this? And no, I can’t go into vegetable mode in a sunny climate like that. Too many good things to do. One of my life goals was to go scuba diving in mainland France and that Nice, with its wide offerings of fun stuff for the tourists, would be able to accommodate that request. I have to admit that timing is everything when going scuba diving in Nice. In the Mediterranean, the water temperature can be quite cold if it’s not the summer time. I actually thought that it was going to be like Barcelona diving, not too cold, but the scuba diving shop that I was with did not use dry suits! So it was quite chilly even with thick wetsuits on.
One recommendation when going down there especially if you are scuba diving is to know some French. I got a French-only speaking dive buddy a few times but I figured out that my French was better than his English. So word of caution when going to France.
But the biggest recommendation that I have to make when diving in France is that French law requires divers to meet with their physician and get a medical statement signed off by that doctor. So basically, you cannot just show up with your diving certification and diving insurance to go diving. Nope. They require you to get a doctor’s signature on a diving document allowing you to scuba dive. Basically, it’s a harmless little thing but it’s still a pain in the butt to do. Also, they have this other law that in order to dive down to 20-30 meters, you must have a dive computer. You cannot rely on your dive buddy. I’ve never heard or seen this rule anywhere else in the world that I’ve gone diving as it’s usually “You have certification? Then let’s go diving!” However, in France, we cannot say the same since it’s their country so their rules. So if you want to scuba dive then you have to follow their rules.