A successful encounter always meant convulsions and choking. The process was a harsh one, but the sea was endowed with many a therapeutic quality. People would bathe to treat their nerves or, on the contrary, to cure themselves of weakness… During this era, braving the waves was no cakewalk!
It would take several dozen years for sea bathing sessions to become a pleasant experience. The seaside holiday destination offered a level of comfort to well-heeled bathers which was previously lacking, and the first bathing establishment was founded in Dieppe. It would later go on to become a casino and then a small Italian-style theatre, while the seafront was soon dotted with spacious hotels and elegant villas.