My name is Florine, I’m a dive travel blogger, a divemaster & a serial-expat
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 and New Caledonia. 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 how I created World Adventure Divers, a dive travel blog to share the way I love to travel and dive 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 in 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. 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.
What’s next? I have recently applied for a work holiday visa in Australia, so I’m currently back to France waiting for the moment I will be able to return to the Pacific Ocean.
My dive log: 26 countries & 109 dive spots over 10 years
Portfolio & Press
Every month, I publish an article on PADI’s blog about my top dive sites across the world or how to be a more responsible scuba diving traveller. Here is a selection of my favourites pieces:
- PADI: The art of dive planning
- PADI: My top 5 shore diving destinations in Europe
- PADI: Alban Michon, Ice diving explorer
- 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?
Media & blogs’ mentions
- Adventure Junkies: Top 25 scuba diving blogs of 2018/2019
- GirlsThatScuba: The best scuba dive blogs to follow in 2017
- 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
- Beyond Blighty: Scuba diving in Tenerife: Rays and Wrecks
- 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 this blog inspiring and encouraging for your next adventure
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