This innovative approach is made possible thanks to a unique marriage of two previously separate techniques: saturation diving and deep recreational diving. In practice, this expedition will be a partnership between the Institut National de la Plongée Professionnelle (INPP) and Laurent Ballesta's Andromède Océanologie with the support of Blancpain and other institutions. Their joint efforts will enable 4 divers to undergo an unprecedented experience: spending 28 days in a 5m2 saturation complex and leaving it each day to explore the 100m zone.
The mission will work its way along the south coast of France employing cutting-edge scientific research techniques to study the ecosystems. At a time when we are faced with indisputable evidence of climate imbalance and species extinctions, the discovery of rich and untouched new areas to study, right on the doorstep of European nations, sends out a message of hope. As with all Gombessa Expeditions, this major new project is characterized by a diving challenge, an ecological mission, and the promise of exceptional photography.