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“The Sponge Divers of Kalymnos”

The naked diver’s boat. The row-man (koupas) the glass-man (gialas) and the diver (ditis). The last is holding the flat stone called “Skandalopetra” (from the English word Skandal which is a metal weight in the end of a line used in the past for measuring depth), and the greek word “Petra” (meaning stone). Neofytos Pizanias is ready to demonstrate the diving technique


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Neofytos Pizanias in flawless Skandalopetra diving technique. Neofytos’ grandfather was a very skilled naked diver and performed the same technique more than 50 years ago.


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The participant  Maria Roditis is getting ready to dive for the first time using Scandalopetra. Captain Pavlos is holding the “glass”, observing the bottom of the sea.


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Neofytos Pizanias is trying the “Michanikos” dance on the last night of the event.


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The Town Hall of Kalymnos, built at the time  the island was occupied by the Italians.


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The boat “Kalymnos Star“ used during the event to transfer the participants between Kalymnos (Pothia) and Kos (Mastihari). Transportation was kindly offered by ANEK.  


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Official ceremony where members of the Greek Orthordox Society of N. Australia, Tina Bucuvalas and Alexandros Sotiriou were honored by the Kalymnian society.


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The naked diver just left the surface to let the stone pull him quickly to the bottom.


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The skilled Kalymnian dancer Antonis Kabourakis has kindly offered to demonstrate local dancing including the “Michanikos Dance”. Tina Bucuvalas is paying close attention to his remarks. Antonis is descending from a long family of sponge divers.


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The event’s participants Giannis Mavropoulos, Evangelos Konstantakatos, Petros Zarkadoulas, Giorgos Sarris and his grandfather Sotiris together with Alexandros Sotiriou at Kalymnos Airport.


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