Aegean Diving College in Paros
Aegean College, a center for marine environmental education is located in Golden Beach, Paros. The college was established in 1998, the Year of the Oceans, by Peter Nicolaides, a professional diver, oceanographer, biologist and offshore engineer, who has worked with the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau during the excavation of the wreck of Antikythira and in the filming of the Brittanic shipwreck. As Diving Officer for the National Geographic Foundation Expedition in Greece, he was also part of the team that discovered the early Bronze Age wreck in Argolis Bay, counted as the most ancient wreck known to date.
The Diving College is involved in imparting student training in University Level Oceanographic Field-Studies in collaboration with the University of Athens, the University of the Aegean, as well as the Ministry of Education. The college also teaches Marine Environmental Education in schools of the Aegean Sea and leads a network of marine conservation area in the Aegean in collaboration with the Ministries of Environment, Tourism, Merchant Marine, and Education.
The university-level training programs are offered in a simplified form to amateur divers and non-divers, who are encouraged to participate in scientific experiments and conservation efforts of the Aegean marine environment. Diving College also has an affiliate organization, the Octopus Sea Trips. Based in Paros, this organization offers field study programs for school children families and groups.
Aegean Diving College offers a variety of diving courses. The most basic course is SNORKELLING, which introduces you to the undersea world. Taught by expert free divers, guests are allowed to experience their first "feel" for diving, and the program is particularly good for children and novices. A more advanced program is DISCOVER SCUBA, a 2,5-hours course designed for the beginner in shallow water under close supervision by a fully qualified instructor. The next level is DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING, a 3,5 hours course designed to expose the diver to safe diving procedures at sea, under close supervision of an instructor. This also teaches the diver to stay longer underwater without dashing up for air.
The PADI OPEN-WATER DIVER is a certification course that runs for 4-6 days and can be completed as modules according to the convenience of the students. And lastly, there is the WRECK DIVING & SNORKELING, which offers visits to local wreck sites of commercial vessels, as well as ancient ruins, by scuba or snorkel.