Who we are
Odysea is an exclusively specialized sea kayak outfitter, offering a mosaic of sea kayak day and multi day trips all around Greece, as well as sea kayak training courses and assessments aligned with the British Canoeing (UKCC) scheme to prospective and developing paddlers.
Born in the summer of 2012, Odysea has had a soul long before that and nowadays it simply incarnates our need to share the exploration of the outstanding beauty of Greek nature along stretches of coastline through sea kayaking with people from around the world, as well as the thrill hidden in the memorable experience of a sea adventure and inspiring skills development pathways.
At the helm of Odysea’s journey in the world of sea kayaking is George Gazetas*. Born in 1984 in Arta, George, while studying Mechanical Engineering, discovered Greece mainly through sea kayaking, which quickly became an important and fascinating part of his life.
George has been working through the British Canoeing (UKCC) scheme for years, as well as working as a white water rafting trip leader and corporate event coordinator and assistant for a variety of outdoor activities and companies. This led George to channel his passion for Greece and sea kayaking into something new – and thus Odysea was created; an enduring fascinating life-journey with the backdrop of Greece’s disarming beauty. George accumulates an experience of more than 10 years in guiding in the outdoors. Over the last 9 years, George has been committed to sea kayaking, currently leading and coaching for over an average of 200 days/year, progressing and developing himself in what he experiences as a blessed journey all the way. Whether guiding individuals in unique trip-adventures around Greece’s crystal clear and warm waters or sharing the best of his spirit through sea kayak coaching, George runs Odysea with all the passion, professionalism and fun that his experience and personality has to offer.
*George’s qualifications include;
- British Canoeing (UKCC) Sea Kayak Coach
- British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader
- British Canoeing Awarding Body International Paddlesports & Sea Kayak Awards Course Provider
- British Canoeing Long Term Paddler Development (I), Paddlesafe child protection, Foundation Safety and Rescue Training, Coaching the mind – intermediate, Coastal & open water navigation & tidal planning
- Rescue 3 international swift water rescue technician (I)
- IRF ww rafting trip leader class 3
- HRC, RTI & EFR First Aid Cert.
- Greek Army Special Forces Nurse Cert.
With our name inspired by the mythical epos of the Odyssey, one of the most fascinating sea adventure stories ever written, at Odysea we aim to share memorable and triggering sea kayaking experiences through an inspiring, developing and challenging pathway! With this in mind, we are proud of:
- our dedication and expertise in aspects of sea kayak coaching, leadership and guiding
- high quality equipment and services
- a recognized positive, effective and transformational approach
Let your journey begin!
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.
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.