Base de plongée FQAS
An underwater world with enchanting colors, inhabited by the most abundant flora and fauna, Les Escoumins site is, with reason, one of the most popular destinations for saltwater diving in Québec. Easily accessible, located on the North Shore, near the Saguenay Fjord, the CDMM (Marine Discovery Center) is the main attraction for diving in the region. As the CDMM is also the interpretation center for the fauna and flora of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, it also attracts many non-divers, all of whom are more curious to discover this ecosystem under -water submarine and hear diver-biologists describe its peculiarities.
In order to discover this exceptional environment, three dive sites - Baie des anémones, Crique East and Ouest - have been developed. A series of cement walkways and stairways make it easier to set sail by the shore, an exception for this region whose coastline is mostly rocky and steep. With respect to services offered to divers, the CDMM has a dive shop with equipment rental and air filling service. For those who wish, experienced guides are available to accompany you during your first dives and allow you to familiarize yourself well with this type of diving practiced at the edge of the water. At your exit from the water, you will be able to enjoy showers and heated dressing rooms, specially designed for divers. Since access to the shoreline is sloping, the CDMM lends wheelbarrows to transport the dive equipment until launching.
Come immerse yourself in this section of the estuary of our majestic St. Lawrence River and discover one of the most sought after places by the diver community of Quebec. You will understand why divers come back year after year to explore this unique environment. You will see that these colored sea beds, densely covered with anemones, sponges, algae and sea urchins, are of unsuspected abundance and have nothing to envy those of the tropical destinations. On one condition though: accept to brave the icy waters!