VSF French Summer Camps 2018

Diving, Multi Sports, Beach activities...


AGE 13 - 17

Theme: "Séjour Plongée et Découverte"

You dream of a holiday in France by the seaside with friends? You would like to be initiatied in Diving?
Come and join us this summer in the South of France!

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This course provides a first diving experience under the watchful eye of professional instructors. Our campers will dive offshore, from a boat, or in the pond in case of bad weather. The diving equipment is supplied (wetsuits, mask, fins, snorkel, weight, weight belt and boots.)

This training course includes 7 dives (sessions of 3 hours each) and includes practical and theoretical training (20 meters deep dives).


  •  1st session:
    Initiation to diving with a professional instructor to discover the activity (0 to 5 meters deep dives). Children will become familiar with the rules for safe diving, but more importantly, they will understand the concepts behind those rules.
  • 2nd session:
    Learn the signs and start exploring the underwater world! (0 to 7 meters deep dives…),. During this session, campers will learn how to use their diving equipment properly, Safety instructions.
  •  3rd session:
    Breathing under water (learning the techniques). Stabilization techniques: finding balance under water...

  • 4th session:
    Emptying of the mask, La plongée en Palanquée” (group dives) 
  • 5th session:
    Synthesis of the previous techniques, stabilization in the 10 meters zone. Special trip to explore the wreck of an ancient coaster "The Athena " !
  • 6th session:
    Dive into the 10 / 20 meters zone. Explore the underwater fauna and flora: Sea horses, crawfish, spiny lobsters will be there to enjoy!

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  • 7th session:
    Dive into the Leucate "Fault " (18 meters deep dive) to discover who lives there!
  • 8th Session:
    Diving session in 2 of the best diving sites in Leucate (at sea) : « La Sorcière » or La Faille »
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 Upon request, the Level 1 Diving Certificate will be delivered by the French Scuba Diving Federation.  


In France, children as young at 8 years old can start diving with programs taught in the safety of shallow water and aimed specifically at young children. From the age of 10 years old children can be certified as Junior Open Water Divers and those 15 years and older can be certified as Open Water Divers.


 Other Activities

  • Multi-Sports activities: during their entire stay at camp, children will have a chance to choose at any time of the day or even in the evening, to participate in multi-sport activities such as body board, Ultimate (also called Ultimate Frisbee : a limited-contact team sport played with a 175 gram flying disc), Beach Volley, Soccer games, Swimming etc…

  • Kite Workshops :
    Each camper will build his/her personal kite, decorate it, races will be organized on the beach!
  • Hiking trips on the Leucatois Plateau: A great way to discover this beautiful region of France!

  • Shopping and evening concerts and festivals in Port Leucate

  • Big Games, moon-light walks on the beach, BBQ and Parties! 

 Choice of Field Trips

  • Visit to the famous Medieval City of Carcassonne, a UNESCO world heritage site the biggest Medieval city in Europe, a unique monument with its castle and cathedral, en entire city surrounded by 52 towers!

  • A Day at the Aqualand Park 
    Excursion to the famous Water Fun park of Aqualand, offering water slides, rapids, wave pools etc…Crazy Race, Anaconda, Black Hole, Congo River, ready for a day full of thrills?

  • Visit to the  fishing port of Barcarès

  • Visit to the « Sémaphore » of Leucate. In the French Mediterranean Sea, there are 19 semaphores held by military (the Navy) to supervise  air and sea activity (surveillance mission). The semaphore of Leucate dominates a magnificent cliff; from there the children will be able to  view the entire coast. 
  • Visit to local museums
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 > Activities will be scheduled according to the wishes of the children
and the proposals of the teaching staff.

Lodging: Centre de Vacances de LeucateLanguedoc Roussillon, FRANCE (...to read more click here)

The Teens Camp (VSF Camp 13 and VSF Camp 14) Children will be staying in bungalow tents, allowing our campers (pre-teenagers and teenagers) to experience a more enjoyable stay, more adapted to their age group (bedtime hours, everyday life and program of activities) which is not necessarily compatible with that of the youngest campers present at the center.

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Accomodation type: Trigano Esterel tents offering 8 beds per tent, separated in 2 separate quarters, with partition walls, groundsheet, solar lighting and extra open activity tent of 60 sq. meters. Bedding, mattresses, sheets and comforters are provided. Toilets (washbasins, showers and toilets) are available in the center's main building.

A large 8x5 m. tent will be used as an activity room and a separate dining room. All the meals will be freshly delivered each day by the camp base or taken in the main building restaurant area.

Mon expérience au camp Objectif Atlantide avec VSF was very COOL, I had a lot of fun this summer. I loved sleeping in a tent with my friends. At first I did’nt speak very much, my French was not really good but the kids in my group helped me and after 3 to 4 days I was able to communicate with them in French well. I really liked this camp because of all the nice friends I met and because the camp counselors who organized our activities each day were also really nice. My favorite activity was of course diving ! It was for me the first time I was diving and I just love dit ! I also enjoyed the evening parties and beach parties what the French call « La Boum » . I recommend this program to all the children who want to learn diving but especially to those who want to improve their French because I progressed so much in 3 weeks, my vocabulary is so much better now and I understand when people speak to me in French, I can have real conversations now with French people! In one word, I would say : c’était SUPER COOL! I would like to particularly thank my camp counselors, all the other children in my group and Perrine, the Director. Everyone was super and I definitely want to come back next year.THANK YOU !

 Demyian E. Age: 13 (Russia)- August 2012


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