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“The Sponge Divers of Kalymnos”

Treating sponges is a craftsmanship that exists unchanged for thousands of years. Even the scissors used for trimming have remained the same all this time. The participants Manthos Dellatolas and Giannis Kantartzis are observing from close distance.

 

Simone Dellatola © 2010

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Thanassis Chronopoulos conducting Scuba Experience I courses for non-certified divers, with the support of Dimitris Skoulidis and Mimis Romios, at Mirties bay. Telendos Island is visible at the background. 

 

Divertraining Network © 2010

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The Commercial Diver / Diving Instructor Pavlos Marnellos, owner of the “Crete Underwater Center”  preparing Kirby Morgan 37 SS modern diving helmet and commercial diving harness for the demo conducted at Mirties dock.

 

Divertraining Network © 2010

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The Commercial Diver / Diving Instructor Thanassis Chronopoulos preparing classical hard hat diving equipment. Sanex body bath was one of the event’s sponsors thus the best lubrication for the drysuit’s tight wrist seals :)

 

Simone Dellatola  © 2010

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The Kalymnian sponge diver Christodoulos, captain of the boat LIMNENA is probably the most suitable person to help in the preparation of the hard hat diver.

 

Divertraining Network © 2010

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The three divers ready to get wet. Nearly two hundred years of diving history is walking on the dock.

 

George Rigoutsos © 2010

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In a minute the divers will only be visible by those participants who were snorkeling.

 

George Rigoutsos © 2010

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The hard hat diver walking at the bottom of the sea. This is exactly how the Kalymnian sponge diver looked like when sponge harvesting.

 

George Rigoutsos © 2010

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The hard hat diver remains dry and relatively warm throughout the dive. This equipment has been used by the Kalymnians for nearly 100 years.

 

George Rigoutsos © 2010

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The hard hat diving equipment side by side to the SENTINEL electronically controlled closed circuit rebreather which utilizes technology developed for outer space applications.

 

George Rigoutsos © 2010

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Visiting Stavros Valsamidis’ “Museum of Underwater Findings” at Vlichadia Bay.

 

George Rigoutsos © 2010

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The Director of the “Divertraining Network” Alexandros Sotiriou is preparing the Closed Cirquit Rebreather “SENTINEL” for the demonstration dive. Mimis Romios is explaining what is happening

 

Simone Dellatola © 2010

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Back to the surface. The heavy equipment makes the diver really slow.

 

George Rigoutsos © 2010

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