The beautiful Island of Kalymnos, the amazing Greek Island with natural beauties, crystal waters, is offering the unique diving opportunity of Skandalopetra Apnea.
Kalymnos Skandalopetra Unique Diving festival it will be in place from 22 – 26 August 2012 , the Municipality of Kalymnos, in collaboration with the Free Diving Association of Thessaloniki and the www.skandalopetra.com organizing the Skandalopetra Free diving and the Apnea Games( DYNF, STA, JB, DYNL) in Kalymnos Greece The games are open to everyone and the participation to the events is FREE OF CHARGE!!
What is Skandalopetra all about ? “Skandalopetr” is tradition, work, sport and civilization http://www.greekdivers.com/forum/uploads/monthly_05_2010/post-1793-1273305529.jpg http://www.skandalopetra.com/photos/get-photo.asp?photoid=204
Acctually ‘Skandalopetra’ is a piece of stone, usually marble or granite, with round corners and hydro-dynamic shape. It weighs 8-14 kg and was used as a help in diving by Spongers all the way from the ancient years until a few years ago. The stone had a hole in one end, where a long rope was tied up. This rope was being unwinded by someone sitting on the boat, while the sponger was diving. The rope was re-winded again when the sponger wanted to come up on the surface. In the same hole there was also a smaller rope with a noose at the end, where the sponger put his wrist in, so that he could keep his hands free without losing the ‘skandalopetra’ and his connection to the boat. Many spongers used this ancient method of diving with a ‘skandalopetra’ until the sixties. The naked diver jumped into the water from the boat holding with both hands the ‘skandalopetra’, while one of his wrists was in the noose. During the diving procedure, the ‘skandalopetra’ was used by the sponger as a weight that helped him sink in the water quickly, as a stir to change direction, as well as a break to increase or decrease his diving rhythm respectively. Once in the bottom of the sea, the diver freed his hands to collect the sponges and, when his work was accomplished, he gave the man on the boat a signal with the means of the rope that was tied up around his wrist. It was then that the man on the boat pulled the rope and brought the diver on the surface, who- during this procedure, he held the rope and used the ‘skandalopetra’ as a support. This short description shows that the ancient method of diving by using a ‘skandalopetra’ was the equivalent of today’s diving method by using weights, while at the same time it was a stir, a kind of a break and a support means during swimming up. The rope of the ‘skandalopetra’ was the communication means with the person on the boat.
The history of the ‘skandalopetra’ diving method is thousand years old. This is the reason why it reached maximum levels of perfection and security. Today, the fact that diving for sponges is a very hard job, combined with the the diving ‘industrialization’ , have resulted to the extinction of this old method. The ‘Skandalopetra Games’ help revive this ancient technique. http://godeeper.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/kalymnos.jpg http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcReuelQIPNMWdQKNCZ3vBuwhkRbAYbyzU1ogjS4H0fjJic_mnEC
Again, Kalymnos Skandalopetra Unique Diving festival it will be in place from 22 – 26 August 2012. The Municipality of Kalymnos, in collaboration with the Free Diving Association of Thessaloniki and the www.skandalopetra.com organizing the Skandalopetra Free diving and the Apnea Games( DYNF, STA, JB, DYNL) in Kalymnos Greece
The games are open to everyone and the participation to the events is FREE OF CHARGE!!
Be there, Visit Kalymnos Island either during Kalymnos Skandalopetra Unique Diving Festival, or any time during Spring to Autumn, discover the Island , enjoy the natural beauties, be active participating in a number of local activities or relaxed by choosing to enjoy the hospitality of local people, the colorful town taste local dishes and more over enjoy the crystal waters of Kalymnos.
about “Skandalopetra” article, is written by Dr Daniel Sapikas, 3 July 2012 , volunteer doctor Kalymnos Skandalopetra Apnea Diving.
Editng by Mrs Katerina Magania and Avgi Persidi Vallera 3 July 2012, www.ecoglobalsociety.com