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Alexandros Panagakos -Owner, head guide-

Alexandros Panagakos -Owner, head guide-

I've created Sea Kayak Paros in 2014 after a long quest of potential professional activity on the island where I live most of the year with my partner Keren. Since I was a child, born of a Greek father and Belgian mother, I kept a deep interest and love for nature and because of that I decided to follow studies in natural sciences. I started with a degree in fisheries and the aquatic environment and continued with a MSc in Ecology and Conservation at Uppsala University, in Sweden. I worked on ecological projects in Sweden, Greece, Russia-Siberia, Australia, New Zealand and with such trips realized my youth's dreams.

I practice activities such as rock climbing, snowboarding, kite boarding and of course sea kayaking and I enjoy getting educated about these on related instructing courses. Through that I become better at what I do and gain the wonderful experience of introducing other people to these activities who may in turn discover a new passion in them. I'm a 5* trained sea kayak leader (4* certified) of the British Canoe Union (BCU) and current holder of First Aid certifications by the Greek Red Cross and the Pro Trainings (outdoor pursuit) British organization. During the winter I work as a snowboard instructor and splitboard guide on the rich mountainous area of the Greek mainland. I'm a certified Snowboard instructor by the Austrian Snowboard Federation (level 1), backcountry touring guide (BASI EMS) and snowboard instructor of the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI level 2).

Moving in Paros has been a very rewarding decision, the nature is abundant and the quality of life is great. Living on an island 8 months a year, sea kayaking is an activity that comes naturally in the life of someone who loves the sea and the adventure and so after our first successful professional endeavor in 2011 with Stretch Pilates, I've decided to turn my favorite summer activity into a profession.

Sofia Mystrioti -Assistant guide-

Sofia Mystrioti -Assistant guide-

Ι Graduated from the University of Physical Education and Sports Science of Athens in 2002. Sports are my life. I love mountain biking, windsurfing, sup and sailing. Sea kayaking is my new passion and I have worked for the last summers as a guide on the Greek islands. I am a BCU 3* paddler and 4* trained and hope to get certified as a 4* leader next year. I'm also certified with the Diploma of Offshore Sailing (1999) and the first aid response of the Red Cross (2016). Always with a smile but focused and concentrated. I speak English and Greek and my hobbies are painting and photography. I believe in volunteering so I couldn’t miss the chance to be a volunteer from 2001-2004 in the volunteer program of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Athens in 2004. Winter is also a good time for me and I've been one of the top athletes in alpine skiing. I have participated in the winter Olympic games of Nagano in 1998. For the last 13 years I also work as a ski instructor and have been the head coach of the Greek National women ski team in 2003. In 2004 I moved to Serres in the North of Greece and became a professor -teaching winter sports- in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I've also worked as an hourly gym teacher in Serres national college (IEK) and at the mass sports program of Serres Municipality.

 


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Van Kurtellen


Lifetime experience, well organized, latest equipment, Alex-most caring guide. Go ahead! Explore Paros&Antiparos.

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Annika Juul


Truly an amazing experience, and really well organised! We got to see beaches and scenery otherwise unaccessible. I've never sea kayaked before but Alex is a super teacher and I picked it up in no time. An experience not to be missed!!!!">