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Authorized Diving Centers in the two Zones A (besides zones B and C)

Diving Centers

Boa Marlindo

The first big buoy which collects the waste from the boats

Marlindo, the waste-collecting buoy already presented at the Boat Show of Genoa after being experimented in Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area in front of Vernazza, is based on a simple system planned and patented by two guys from La Spezia fond of the sea: Corrado Ricci, journalist for La Nazione, and Francesco Bucceri, working for Mariperman. The system has been realized by Valeria San Giorno di Casarza Ligure, a leading company working in the field of the production and sale of boat equipment.

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Seawatching in Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area

Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area promotes Seawatching activities with the aim to draw children and adults near to scientific knowledge and the consequent respect of the marine environment, in an adventurous and funny context.
The most specific activity consists of searching the seabed from the surface by using mask and mouthpiece ("Snorkeling"); diving activities without breathing apparatus and with aqualung are not held.

  • The participants will be provided summer diving suit, as well as the necessary didactic and scientific material (guidebooks, texts, etc.).
  • The participants must demonstrate to be able to swim, have mask, flippers, and mouthpiece, and know how to use it.
  • Only those people who have had snorkeling experiences can take part in the night courses.

The activities include searching with departure from the nearest coast, using authorized boats (only Junior courses and Night tours); programs may vary according to weather and sea conditions.

The Courses are: Junior (9-13 years), Senior (14-18), Adult (from 19 years); if participants are not enough to justify the separation of Senior and Adult courses, there will be only one course formed by sub-groups considering the differences of age.

The complete program of Junior Courses includes:
- 1st day - Monday afternoon: safety in the sea, aquatic tests
- 2nd day - Tuesday morning: searching the seabed, leaving from the beach
- 3rd day - Wednesday morning: tour by boat and searching the seabed
- 4th day - Thursday afternoon and evening: final re-elaboration activity; slide projection in the square by night.

Senior and Adult Courses include only 3 meetings and are held during the weekend, usually on Saturday (morning and afternoon) and on Sunday (morning).

Night Tours consist of 1 meeting and are usually held on Saturday.
There will be one operator every 4 pupils, with variations in specific cases. For adults, the ratio can be 1/5. The operators are Naturalists or Biologists, with knowledge of marine biology, experiences in underwater activities and competence in environmental education.

Subscriptions can be made in the Welcome Centers of Cinque Terre National Park or by directly contacting Cooperativa Natour.
Each course can have no more than 8 participants (no. 10 for adults) with the necessary requirements and materials.

Further information

Subscriptions: In the Park Welcome Centers (c/o Railway Stations) - Secretary for the subscriptions mobile +39 334 7132882
Information: mobile +39 333 7361601

The Ecological Boat

The Environmental Safeguard Service in Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area

Versatile and fast boats, born and planned as instruments for the integrated safeguard of the sea and its resources: they are the ecological boats of the Environmental Safeguard Service of Cinque Terre National Park-Marine Protected Area, which for two years have been cleaning the waters of the reserve, monitoring the coastal sea pollution, and maintaining the sea structures of the reserve, as well as assistance and various services.

Since 2004, Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area has two depolluting ecological boats (sea-sweeping boats): the BE12 (Ecological Boat 1), BE13 (Ecological Boat 2); the administration of the MPA has organized an integrated system of environmental safeguard coordinated through the use of these boats, aimed at the conservation and safeguard of the ecological and environmental features of the coastal marine area.

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