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Scuba Diving in Il Cristo degli Abissi, San Fruttuoso Bay, Liguria Italy

Skill level:
Beginners and advanced
Maximum depth:
17m/55.8ft
Visibility:
10 to 30 m/32 to 98 ft
Access :
From shore
Located in Liguria, between the picturesque villages of Portofino and Camogli, San Fruttuoso Bay is a pearl situated in a deep bay with amazing blue waters, the magical abbey of San Fruttuoso, a church and a small sandy beach. As it is within the Portofino Natural Park and the Portofino Marine reserve, this place offers the visitors a scenery of great beauty both on land and underwater with a wide variety of activities.

The symbol of all divers and one of the most famous dives in the world is located right in front of the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, where a silent figure with upraised arms as a sign of invocation, lies on the bottom of the silent sea. It is a large bronze statue of Christ, placed there since 1954 and is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives in the sea.

“Il Cristo degli Abissi” or else The Christ of the Abyss is a 8.2 ft/2.5 m high statue, based on a large base made out of concrete in the shape of a pyramid that weights 90 tons. The maximum depth of the spot is at 55.8 ft/17 m below the sea level and has good visibility. There are many more interesting things to see on the sandy bottom of the sea such as colorful corals, eels, octopuses and many fish, but the impressive statue is the highlight of this diving location.

Suitable for all divers, this mystical dive can be easily approached from the shore of San Fruttuoso Bay. You can dive there all year round but the best time is during summer. Every year at the end of August, a small ceremony takes place in the memory of all divers and seamen of the world. The ceremony includes the blessing of the waters and when night falls, divers dive with torchlights and place a laurel wreath on Christ’s head.

Note that in order to reach the bay, you can either follow a well market trail from Portofino and through the woods of the National Forest -it will take you about an hour to reach the bay, or charter a small boat from Portofino’s harbor. If you visit the spot for the first time, it is best to book an organized tour with one of the diving schools, operating on the spot. This is a dive that no one should miss!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Genoa
21.8mi/35.2km, 42mins
Head west on Viale Paolo Thaon di Revel toward Via Fiume, Turn left onto Via Fiume, Turn left onto Via Luigi Cadorna, Continue onto SS1, Turn left to stay on SS1, Take the ramp to Livorno/Milano/Ventimiglia, Merge onto Via Gianni Ribaldone, Turn left onto Cavalcavia Carlo Negri, Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Livorno and merge onto A12, Take exit Rapallo, Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Rapallo/S. Margherita L., At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Via Sant'Anna, Turn right onto Via Goffredo Mameli, At the roundabout, take the 1st exit, Turn left onto Via Milano, Continue onto Via Giovanni Amendola, Turn right onto SS1, Take the 1st left onto Corso Cristoforo Colombo, Corso Cristoforo Colombo turns slightly left and becomes Via San Michele, Turn left toward Via San Michele, Keep right to continue on Via San Michele, Continue onto SS227, At the roundabout, continue straight to stay on SS227, Turn left to stay on SS227, Turn left
BY AIR
Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport,
28mi/45.2km from Portofino
BY TRAIN

The main railway stations in Genoa are Genoa Brignole and Genoa Principe. From there, you can take the train and get off at Santa Margherita Ligure and then on to Portofino with  Tigullio urban bus service.

Schools

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Rafting & Wind Tunnel Flying, Piedmont
/ Grugliasco, Italy, Piedmont

Summer/Autumn 2016-2017

Europe

River Rafting, Wind Tunnel Flying & Outdoor activities in Grugliasco, Italy.

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You want to try kitesurfing… but you don’t know yet if you like it or not, or you want to make a present to a friend. It’s the course for you at only 99€ for 3 hours lesson!
You will learn how to:

  • first flight with the trainer kite
  • set up of the equipment
  • safety procedures
  • start and land the kite with an assistant
  • flying a 4 lines kite
  • the first bodydrag

The lesson could be semiprivate (2 student 1 instructor).

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BASE 2 days.3 hours a day. For those who do not have canoe experience or do not know the fundamental maneuvers. The course teaches the fundamentals in flat water. It includes the necessary notions of security.

Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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Kitesurf Course Safety, Sardinia
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In this course you will learn:

  • do the spot analysis
  • to set up the equipment
  • start and land the kite with the help of one assistant
  • do the self-rescue and the self-pack down
  • right to way rules

Course duration: 2.30 h

It could be a group lesson.

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Safety Kayaker Course, Abruzzo
/ Abruzzo, Aventino River, Italy, Pescara River

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Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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/ Abruzzo, Aventino River, Italy, Pescara River

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– Reserved for those who have already attended the basic course, a prerequisite for the SAFETY COURSE.

Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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Basic Course for Hydrospeed Guide, Abruzzo
/ Abruzzo, Aventino River, Italy, Pescara River

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Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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/ Italy, Sardinia

From the first fly to water-start: 
The goal of that course is to give you a good knowledge about safety in kitesurfing, good control of the kite and start to ride the board.
You will learn how to:

  • do the spot analysis
  • fly the triner kite
  • to set up the equipment
  • start and land the kite with the help of one assistant
  • body drag “downwind” and upwind
  • do the board recovery in body drag
  • do the self-rescue and the self-pack down
  • first water start and ride

You can choose to have private (270 €) or semiprivate lessons (210 €).
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Oceania/South America/Europe

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Safety Course for Rafting Guide, Abruzzo
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-Intensive course on the security river.

– Reserved for those who have already participated in the courses BASIC and ADVANCED.

Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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Advanced Course for Hydrospeed Guide, Abruzzo
/ Abruzzo, Aventino River, Italy, Pescara River

The “Patrick Rafting Center” organizes Basic, Advanced and Safety Courses for Hydrospeed Guides, with immediate opportunities and pay with an established framework to Hydrospeed Guide.

– Reserved for those who have already attended the basic course, a prerequisite for the SAFETY COURSE.

Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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Safety Kayaking Course, Abruzzo
/ Abruzzo, Aventino River, Italy, Pescara River

Intensive course on the river security. Reserved to those who have already participated in the BASIC and ADVANCED Courses.

Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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Kitesurf Course Advanced 5 hrs, Sardinia
/ Italy, Sardinia

This course is for all intermediate and advanced riders that want to give a boost to their kiting skills! We have three different lesson programs depending on your level.

  • Freeride program: riding upwind, turns, carvings, riding toe side
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For the waveriding program we recommend April and May.

Course duration: 5 hrs private lesson

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Extra for boat+GoPro lesson: 20 €/h
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/ Abruzzo, Aventino River, Italy, Pescara River

For those who have already attended the BASE course and know fundamental maneuvers. Course teaches the fundamentals in choppy water. It includes the necessary notions of security.

Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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Kitesurf Rental, Sardinia
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Equipment rental: Equipment rental is 25€/hr or 70€/day unlimited time (complete set, kite+board+harness). We have only brand new kite, board, harness from our sponsor RRD.

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Safety Course for Hydrospeed Guide, Abruzzo
/ Abruzzo, Aventino River, Italy, Pescara River

The “Patrick Rafting Center” organizes Basic, Advanced and Safety Courses for Hydrospeed Guides, with immediate opportunities and pay with an established framework to Hydrospeed Guide.

-Intensive course on the security river.

– Reserved for those who have already participated in the courses BASIC and ADVANCED.

Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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/ Abruzzo, Aventino River, Italy, Pescara River

The “Patrick Rafting Center” organizes Basic, Advanced and Safety Courses for Rafting Guides, with immediate opportunities and pay with an established framework to Rafting Guide.

Location: Pescara River & Aventino River, Abruzzo region or where requested.

For participation in the courses the following conditions are required:

– Increased age
– Medical Certificate for sports activities such as rafting and
similar (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– No Photo – C.V. sports (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)
– Current employment status
– Identity card, Tax Code (to be submitted at the beginning of the course)

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/ Italy, Sardinia

From the first fly to the independence: 
This is an intensive kite course, it’s designed for those who want to start as total beginner and end as independent kiteboarder!!!
The goal of that course is to give you a good knowledge about safety in kitesurfing, ride in both directions, ride with strong wind, riding upwind. You’ll become a super kiter!!!
With six kite lessons you will learn how to:

  • do the spot analysis
  • to set up the equipment
  • start and land the kite with the help of one assistant
  • body drag “downwind” and upwind
  • do the board recovery in body drag
  • do the self-rescue and the self-pack down
  • first water start and ride
  • change direction while riding
  • riding up-wind
  • carvings and riding toe side

You can choose to have private (540 €) or semiprivate lesson (420 €). Extra for boat+GoPro lesson: 20 €/h
The course is arranged in 6 lessons of 2 hours each, for a total of 12 hours. We recommend a stay of at least 9 days.

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540 € for 12h private lesson

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