Pantelleria Island, Divers comparing notes.


For all GUE divers who are looking for a unique opportunity to study and learn the fundamentals of underwater archaeology and exploration, we offer a complete program of activities in cooperation with the researchers of Soprintendenza del Mare and others Public Institutions.

The week-long program will involve both in-water and dry training sessions. During the in-water part, you will improve your diving skills by conducting archaeological surveys of ancient shipwrecks.

The learining program is divided into three main topics:

Underwater Archaeology Masterclass is designed to introduce divers to the meaning of water past societies, maritime cultural heritage, and ship archaeology.

Task-Oriented Dive Masterclass is designed to introduce divers to advanced dive planning skills, team diving, underwater navigation, and archaeological survey.

3D Photogrammetry Masterclass is designed to introduce divers to the skills and procedures
for using underwater photogrammetry to make digital 3D models of dive sites.

    Favignana Island, Students working on data.


The Roman shipwreck of Cala Minnola in Levanzo Island is the archaeological site students will study and explore.

The ship sunk off the coast of Levanzo in the first-century b.C. It was carrying hundreds of amphorae, of the Dressel 1b type, which should have been filled with wine. The ship belonged to the Papia, a wealthy roman family of ship-owners and merchants that operated throughout the Mediterranean sea.

During the sinking, the vessel broke into two amidships and many pieces of the hull and amphorae were scattered across the seabed. Today, few are the traces of the wooden elements of the vessel, and only one lead pipe (belonging to the bilge pipe) is present.

A great number of amphorae and fragments of black-painted pottery lies at a depth of 30 meters in the place where the stern sunk.

   Levanzo Island, Cala Minnola shipwreck.