Landing shipwrecks and cannons … in Brittany you can explore the seabed

Divers are equipped with a board when diving. They will be able to walk around and follow a guided circle. Here, dive on the Frelon wreck, south of Groix (Morbihan). © Photo by Agathe Montoni

Didier Robino has been diving for more than 50 years. When he retired, he decided to doUnderwater Archeology. Imagine -with others- three courses To discover the maritime heritage of Morbihan. Ready to dive?

Accessible diving for beginners

With the Administrative Committee for Underwater Studies and Sports (CODEP) in Morbihan, Didier Robineau and his team present a turnkey system Three Underwater Discoveries to Summer 2022. The volunteers will depart from the port of Lorient Base.

boat swamps. We interpret the wrecks and then groups of 3/4 follow each other every 5 minutes with the coach. The team stays safely on the boat deck. […] The signal circuit takes between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on the divers’ curiosity and encounters with animals: seeing a crayfish or playing with an octopus.

Didier Robino

diving clubs Lorient (Lorient Underwater Club and ASAL Diving Club) An valves These trips will be provided with equipment on loan. “We will go and check the good condition of the site at the beginning of June (the presence of the stickers, reattach the Arianne thread and the stickers). We have planned our first CODEP divers outing on June 25.”

This type of device will be (group feed support, sunken panel, arrow circle, featured object at the bottom) The first in Brittany According to CODEP.

For beginner divers:

These dives are aimed at people in training or beginners (intensive week or one season at the club). Shipwrecks are not more than 20 meters long. […] For diving in Frelon, the ASAL Club offers an excursion for divers at the end of their training at Level 1 (or more). A diver passes his first level after a course of 4/5 days”, explains Didier Robineau.

Le Bugalet, a former landing barge

The first site to explore is Bougale. Built in Britain in 1942This ship is used to transport sunk tanks December 8, 1946, without any injuries. It was supposed to stop in Port Haliguin. But they refused because they were full of explosives. They returned to the sea and sank not far from the port of Quiberon. The wreckage has not been dismantled from its place.”

The Vannes Club has a permit to dive near the wreck, “issued on May 18, 2021 by Maritime Prefecture for a period of 5 years on a precarious basis.”

Le Frelon, a fishing vessel off Groix

fishing vessel wasp located in South Groix. Its depth is 12 m. “The site is not very big, about 30 meters. We have a lot of different equipment including a steam piston engine (typical from 1860 to 1915), ”says the diver historian.

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“Every diver has a plate. They will be able to walk around and follow a guided circle,” he says. © Morbihan News

The water is crystal clear with rich flora and fauna. “You sometimes find conger eels and lobsters in the cauldron,” Advance diver.

Cannons and anchors around Les Esclassiers

then between Quiberon and HowatWe dive into a world Eighteenth century ships To Eclassiers. “We can come across a 2.50m cannon for example. We also see anchors, chains, etc.”, details Didier Robineau who explains why:

Low-heeled ships at low tide 300 years ago. To gain freedom, they threw anchors and cannons into the sea. We’ll take the beginners here, as these are dives under 20 metres. They will be able to imagine the ships of King Louis XIV.

Didier Robino, diver

Bonus: Shipwreck Locqueltas

In Lorient, ASAL divers prepare to visit the shipwreck Lokeltas. They explained that “Locqueltas is a 30-meter-high wooden fishing vessel built in 1917 and sank in 1930 at a depth of 15 metres.”

All steam thrusters are still in good condition as well as the chassis structures.

Philippe, Olivier and Guillaume schedule dives from half april 2022 to take sketches and prepare immersed paintings. The team’s project should be ready in June, taking the new L1 divers there.

Routes designed by enthusiasts

Badennois Didier Robineau, an electrician by trade, is now tasked with the FFESSM Archaeological Committee in Morbihan. “We’re trying to revive him at six”, He explains with interest to the group.

Didier Robino began practicing underwater archeology in 2012: “It is highly supervised. It is dependent on the Ministry of Culture and the Underwater and Underwater Archaeological Research Department (DRASSM). »

Didier Robino and Claude Drio, divers at Club Vénètes in Vannes.  They dive under shipwrecks and are members of Club Subaquatique des Vénètes.  The Vannes Club is affiliated with the French Federation for Underwater Studies and Sports (FFESSM).
Didier Robino and Claude Drio, divers at Club Vénètes in Vannes. The Vannes Club is affiliated with the French Federation for Underwater Studies and Sports (FFESSM). Thanks to the photogrammetry work of the Underwater Research Group Lorient (GRASL), the trawler’s cauldron has been reconstructed in 3D so divers can perceive what they are going to see while diving. © Morbihan News

“We can’t do anything without permission,” he continues, issuing a ten-page inscription to hike on Quiberon. The energetic enthusiast hopes to see many more divers discover the marine heritage in the coming months.

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