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 an advanced water (previously known as 5* sea) sea kayak leader, 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.