Jean-Pierre Brisset left school at age twelve to help on the family farm. He was an autodidact.
Jean-Pierre Brisset published “La natation ou l’art de nager appris seul en moins d’une heure” (Learning the art of swimming alone in less than an hour) in 1855 before resigning from the Army and moving to Marseilles, where he filed the patent for the "airlift swimming trunks and belt with a double compensatory reservoir". Later he returned to Magdeburg, where he earned his living as a language teacher, developing a method for learning French, which he self-published in 1874. He was published in periodicals such as French Studies and Times Literary Supplement.
Jean-Pierre was a stationmaster at the railway station of Angers, and later of L'Aigle. After publishing another book on the French language, he undertook his major philosophical work, which consisted in spreading his theory that Man's origins were in the water, and he was descended from Frogs.