My name is Florine, I’m a dive travel blogger, a divemaster & a digital nomad!
I was born in Nantes, France, the hometown of Jules Verne, the author of 20,000 Leagues under the sea, one of my favourite books ever since my childhood. Mobilis in Mobile: After spending more than 20 years along the Atlantic Ocean, I have developed a serious travelling and scuba diving addiction.
I have travelled to more than 40 countries and also had the opportunity to live in Canada, Scotland, Japan, Thailand, New Caledonia, and Latin America. If you ask me where I’m from now, I will answer that home is everywhere I had the time to make meaningful connections.
I became a scuba diver at 25 during my first solo backpacking trip to Thailand. 3 years and a half later, I came back to Thailand to train as a Divemaster. Passionate with the technical side of scuba diving as I have a mechanical engineering background, I also trained in deep diving, dry suit diving, nitrox, ice diving, and wreck diving.
In 2012, during my first trip to Indonesia, I started putting together my thoughts and pictures into this diving blog. This is how I created World Adventure Divers, a dive travel blog to share the way I love to travel and dive into the world.
In recent years, I started writing more and more about ocean conservation and responsible tourism. My main goal now is to promote responsible diving best practices.
Beyond scuba diving, I love learning more about culture and cuisine everywhere I go. This is maybe one of the explanations of why I’m so eager to learn foreign languages. My native language is French, but I’m a fluent speaker of English & Spanish. I started learning English at 6, so it is almost my second native language. It felt more natural to start writing this blog in English as a medium to connect with as many dive travellers as possible around the world.
One of my childhood dreams was to learn Japanese in Japan. In 2018, I moved to Tokyo to study in a Japanese language school while on a sabbatical from the corporate job I had for 10 years. This is why you will find a lot of content related to diving in Japan on this blog as I took the opportunity to scuba dive in Okinawa, the Izu Peninsula and the Izu Islands.
After resigning and setting up my freelance business, I was supposed to go to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, but the COVID-19 pandemic decided otherwise. As borders slowly start to reopen, I started carefully travelling again with the Canary Islands, Spain, in August 2021. Then in 2022, the only region where it was easy to travel between countries was Latin America. This is how I spend nearly a year between Mexico, Panama and Ecuador.
I’m currently doing a break in Europe between France and Malta. The time to get some projects done and prepare for the next big adventure in my favourite part of the world… Stay tuned!
My dive log: 28 countries & 132 dive spots
Portfolio & Press
My work as a freelance writer
I also write for other publications, mainly in the scuba diving realm. My favourite topics? Ocean conservation, responsible tourism and scuba diving gear reviews. Here is a selection of my favourites pieces of writing in English that can be found online:
- PADI: The art of dive planning
- PADI: Female dive bloggers challenging the status quo
- PADI: 5 ways to care for our oceans from the land
- PADI: World Heritage Marine Sites: how the UNESCO label can help our oceans
- PADI: Will Coral Gardening Save Our Reefs?
- In-Depth: Why do pools keep breaking records?
- In-Depth: Listen Up: Freediving is About to Enter a New Era if Oxama has a Say!
- DAN Europe: A victory for the cenotes
I’m also a translator between English and French, for instance with DAN Europe or Scubapro, and a copywriter, for instance with tourism boards such as the Côte d’Azur CRT or the Japan National Tourism Organization. People come to me every time insightful content written by someone who understands all the technical, medical and legal aspects of scuba diving is needed. If this is what you need, contact me!
Media & blogs’ mentions in English
- Adventure Junkies: Top 25 scuba diving blogs of 2018-2023
- PADI: Meet PADI Ambassadiver and dive travel blogger Florine
- Expedia: Bloggers’ pick – Hotels for scuba divers
- OZY: Would you do it? Diving in ice water
- Don’t forget to move: Swimming with whale sharks around the world: the correct way
- YouDive TV: Underwater video of the Rubis wreck, France
- Claire’s Footsteps: The Great British Bucket List: the best things to do in the UK
- Feathery Travels: Why and how we should protect our oceans
I hope you will find my blog inspiring and encouraging for your next adventure!
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