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Who we are

Odysea is a sea kayak outfitter operating all year round between Kefalonia, Ionian islands (spring to autumn) and Attica, Aegean Sea (autumn to spring). Odysea offers sea kayaking adventures such as sea kayak multi-day trips, expeditions, day-trips and skills development courses with great quality equipment, well-informed and sophisticated coaching and leadership approaches & philosophy. Odysea’s premises have been literally sculptured greatly appreciating  participant’s experiences, feedback and inspiring takeaways through the years, nowadays focusing on delivering original, developing and life-inspiring sea kayaking experiences.

Odysea was stablished in 2012 and we are excited that our paddling experiences have been consistently exceeding participants’ expectations ever since!

 

Along side George, joining a course or journey with Odysea, you may also have the chance to also meet and paddle with: 

  • Tatiana Cappucci

“I started paddling with a Greenland blade in 2001 and since then I didn’t stop yet.
I’m the only woman in Italy who became “Maestro di Canoa” in the national sea kayaking federation.
I’m still dreaming about sharing the experience of paddling, journeying and coaching with more women: so I decided to promote with some female paddlers the First Italian Sea Kayak Women Symposium called “The smile of the sea”, that toke place last April 2018 with more women coaches coming from Norway, Germany and Spain. We are working to organize the second edition next Easter 2020 and we’re already excitede about it.
I fall in love with the Inuit culture and I’m completely involved in practising and coaching any of the several Greenland roll: for three years I was the promoter of the Italian Greenland Roll Championship and I still prefer to paddle my Greenland stick for all the long sea kayak journeys I share with my partern Mauro: starting from the Highlands in Scotland in 2008, we never stopped paddling around all the Mediterranean Islands (Sicily, Sardinia, Corse, Crete, Evia and also Baleric, Aeolian and Kornati Islands). Our last three long sea kayak trips were around every single islands in the Cyclades archipelagos along fine months in 2016, then around Ionian Islands and Peloponnese in 2017, North Aegean and Kalkidiki in 2018: next summer we’re planning to circumnavigate the Dodecanese Islands from Chios on the top North to Rodes in the far South along 4-5 months in the summer time.
In 2008 I’ve discovered the British Canoeing universe and since then I continously increase my competence both as paddler and coach: I’m the only Advanced Sea Kayak Leader at the moment and the only Italian Provider, even if I hope to run the New Personal Performance Awards with more passionate and professional coaches here in Italy and Greece too.”

 

  • Panos Zigouris 

 “I was born in 1977, I am a passionate paddler, married and a father to two lovely girls. 
I have been an active flat water canoe athlete between 1990 and 2004 and member of the National Team from 1993 to 2003 and a National Champion in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1999. I have had a rewarding and developing journey in International and the Balkans Championships in 1999. I am a well seasoned and active IRF WW Rafting Guide operating in west Greece. Over the last 5 years I have found myself enjoying both the WW kayaking as well as sea kayaking worlds. I have extensive experience as an active first-responder for Red Cross and I am currently working my way in the British Canoeing qualifications scheme towards becoming a solid and skilful sea kayak leader. I am always focused on providing a great, guest-centred experience in every aspect of my involvement as a guide.”

  • George Gazetas

    Delighted to realise that the moment I (re-)write this paragraph (20 years of experience in the outdoors later) I can also introduce myself being more passionate than ever before sea kayak coach and guide!

    Well over a decade of dedicated professional focus on sea kayaking has taken me incredible places, both physically and mentally. Blessed enough to frequently experience the special moments of the coastal environment’s natural and often mesmerising, even mystical beauty. Even more rewarding prove to be the unique moments of mutual appreciation, inspiration, learning, and growth between students, guests, participants and colleagues along this journey of many nautical (s)miles and meaningful interactions.

    In a nutshell, I was born in Arta, Greece, raised in Athens where as a petrol-head teenager I initially followed studies in mechanical engineering. In parallel I used to work as a team-building, corporate, outdoor event facilitator and gradually as a white-water raft guide in the mountainous west Greece (Epirus) in my early 20’s. Falling in love with the outdoor activities, sea kayaking and adventure sport coaching stood inevitable.

    That passion for sea kayak coaching and guiding and an over 10 years collaboration with Sea Kayaking Kefalonia offered me the opportunity to log an average of 250 days on the water for years.

    With touches of curiosity and a drive for deeper learning and understanding I extended my journey towards the academic dimensions of Performance Coaching (Paddlesports/Sea Kayak) through studies at the University of Stirling. This journey and the completion of the innovative British Canoeing Coaching Diploma programme (2020-2023) got me connected with a thriving community of passionate individuals that greatly contribute in shaping the future of our sports.

    At a national level, I serve (since 2021) as Head of Sea Kayaking committee for HATEOA (Hellenic Association of Tourism Enterprises in Outdoor Activities) delighted to be one of the leading contributors in the development of the professional Sea Kayak Guides’ (animators) accreditation scheme in Greece (based on ELESA, EC-OE).

    Establishing Odysea has provided me with those opportunities to explore and apply my philosophy which is all about embracing the dynamic nature of all those dimensions of sea kayak coaching, guiding and journeying. A philosophy that seems to orientate all of us (colleagues, participants and myself) in order to perceive wisely, learn deeper and grow better.

     

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Equipment

At Οdysea we strongly believe that quality, in all respects, is fundamental. Therefore, we do our best to supply with paddling and camping equipment that meets our high quality standards: Selected based on suitability / best performance, reliability and comfort, our fleet from top manufacturers like P&H, Necky, Valley and Prijon, paddles from Werner Paddles and kit from PeakUk, Hf, Lomo, Kokatat, Palm, Reed and other top suppliers contribute to ensure that we offer you sea kayaking experiences the way we want them to be shared. Our camping equipment from MSR, Marmot, Thermarest, 7H means that tents, sleeping bags, mats and the rest of the kits make our wild camp nights exceptionally pleasant and comfortable.

Testimonials

Les & Kathrin, UK

My wife and I did not have any sea kayak experience. We are both active, in our sixties and needed to be more comfortable in kayaks ready for an adventure we have planned. Immediately before the 3 Star course with George at Odysea (Greece), we started with two one-day trips with Kefalonia Kayaks which were very enjoyable and well run, and can also be highly recommended. We then did a 4 day course with George plus the assessment day. George lived up to his reputation as a passionate kayaker who really wants his students to develop skills and the enjoyment of kayaking. From the start he set the appropriate pace, was patient, informative, and not time constrained. He stretched those in the course as appropriate whilst not pushing those who were uncomfortable going too far out of their comfort zone. He is both very competent and very likeable. His student assessment notes were comprehensive and useful. A highly rewarding 5 days and we had a great time. We will plan to kayak with him again if the opportunity arises.

George Ladyngakis, North Greece

I wanted to thank you for the beautiful come-together, as well as the whole educational process and of course the successful outcome. During the days of the training, your balancing between being a serious coach and having a friendly attitude, as well as your high level of expertise, all contributed positively both to my learning as well as to my mood. Congratulations also for the new equipment that you offer (clothes, boats, paddles, etc.), as it contributes to the respect and the value of the sport.

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