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Piccola Università Italiana gives you the possibility to attend an Italian language and Scuba diving course. Then, you can choose a special package including an Italian language course and some scuba diving lessons!

Diving is an elementary experience of nature where new underwater dimensions unfold. The intense colours and the feeling of floating make the diver experience close to meditative relaxation

…crystal clear water and approximate vision of about 30m are only a couple of the characteristics of diving along the coastline of Capo Vaticano. Divings fans here can choose from over 25 diving spots along the Tyrrhenian coast in Calabria.

The dives are suitable for beginners and professionals of diving alike. The majority of diving spots are near the Capo Vaticano and are only 10 minutes from the diving centre by boat.

Scuba diving courses are for a maximum of 6 people per group. The lessons are organised and supervised by an experienced instructor and are divided into theory and practical parts, which include several trips to sea.
Practical diving lessons with the teacher take place according to weather conditions. In the case of bad weather conditions, the diving lessons will take place in a swimming pool.

The diving lessons are held in Italian. The handbooks are however available in English or German on request. Please let us know if you require this when booking.

The price of the diving course also includes costs for towels, equipment rental, diving book, Brevet-equipment and the trips in the dinghy to Capo Vaticano for diving.

The programme „Italian language course + scuba diving” is customised for all of those who want to take their holiday to the limits and to use it optimally. It is the ideal combination of cultural education, Italian „Dolce Vita”, relaxation and the chance to learn or practise a fascinating kind of sport. Enjoy your holiday with all your senses! So get your diving gear on and get into the water with us!

A scuba diving course in Tropea is a perfect addition to your language holiday in Italy. This combination is ideal for families with children, couples or friends with different interests. While you learn Italian, your fellow holiday-makers have the chance to complete a diving course.

Discover more details about our package Italian language and scuba diving course! 

Here are a couple of examples of the diving courses on offer:

Course start

Our scuba diving courses can be booked from April to October.

Open Water Diver course

5 theory and practical lesson units at 3 hours each; the course takes about 15 hours in total. Minimum duration of stay for this diving course is 2 weeks.

The Open Water Diver course (OWD) is made up of a theoretical part with 4 chapters available in the following languages: Italian, German, English, Russian, Chinese and Spanish. Each chapter takes around 2 hours and is done via e-learning. Accessing the e-learning portal can be authorised before your arrival and each of the 4 chapters canbe studied independently. There is a written test with 19 questions at the end of each chapter After you have completed all 4 chapters, there is a final exam with 50 questions to be answered in1 hour. This exam must be invigilated by an instructor in Tropea.

The practical part must have at least 1 student and can have a maximum of 8. It includes 4 dives, each dive is equivalent to two 60-minute lessons and is organised as follows:

  • 4 practical lessons in confined waters to demonstrate various techniques with exercises thatstudents will then have to perform
  • 4 open-water lessons with a maximum depth of 20 metres. During these dives, students will be asked to perform some of the exercises they have been taught.

At the end of the course, an international certificate that allows the student to dive to depths of 19 metres will be issued.

The methods of instruction employed by the Diving Centre are: SSI–NASE–TSA.

The student must present:2 passport format photos for the certificate.

The course fee covers:

  • Student manual and kit with teaching material
  • Access to learning platform in Italian, German, English, Russian, Chinese, Spanish
  • Rental of equipment needed for the course
  • Diving log
  • Issue of the certificate
  • Boat trips out to the sea

N.B: For this type of course, we recommend staying in Tropea for 2 weeks in case there are any adverse weather conditions. Nevertheless, students staying in Tropea for only one week can also book  it. Our partner also organises other types of diving courses. Prices are available on request.

Advanced Open Water Diver course

10 theory and practical lesson units at 3 hours each. The course takes about 30 hours in total. Minimum duration of stay for this diving course is 3 weeks.

Package of 5 or 10 Dives

Contact us about all other diving courses on offer in Calabria. This is only an excerpt from the diving course programme.

These scuba diving courses can be combined with all language courses from our Italian course programme.

Important: Our Italian courses can be booked all year round, however our diving courses are only available from April to October.

Important: The diving courses take place in Capo Vaticano. The transfer from and to the school is included in the price of your scuba diving course!


Open Water Diver Course 5 dives 5 dives + equipment rental
440€ 180€ 260€

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