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Diving Club Amfora was founded in 2004. This club is a sports association based in Stara Novalja. It had over 120 members across Croatian and abroad (Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary). The club organises non-commercial diving excursions for its members, lectures, exhibitions and forums as well as a Skipper Qualification Course in the past few years.
The club is particularly prominent when it comes to identification and protection of underwater archaeological heritage. The Club members discovered an amphora site dated to the 1st century BC in the Pag offshore. A protective cage was placed over the site and it is a first class tourist attraction for more than a thousand divers a year. The promotional CD and book about this site that was produced by the City Administration and Novalja Tourist Board won a prestigious “Blue Flower” reward from the Croatian National Tourist Board in 2004. For a significant development of the tourist offer.
The club members also discovered several significant archaeological sites: the remains of an 18th century ship with pottery cargo, a large Venetian ship anchor, a few destroyed amphora sites in different locations and so on.
For its special contribution in the promotion of diving tourism and historical and cultural underwater heritage protection, the Club won the City annual award.