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George Lilas (The wing man):

Founder and general manager of Odyssey Sea Kayak Club.
George started his first steps as a sea kayaker back in 2007 when he bought his first sea kayak, a 4.6m DAG tiwok. With this kayak he learnt the basic kayaking techniques and he did many trips around Ithaca. In summer 2008 he did the circumnavigation of Ithaca (42nm) in 12 hours.
In October 2011 he did the BCU (British Canoe Union) 3 stars course where he learnt more advanced sea kayaking techniques.
In October 2013 he did the circumnavigation of Ithaca Kefalonia and Zante (160nm) in 5 days.
George is an Emergency First Response (EFR) instructor. He is also a lifeguard and he has a day skipper certificate.


George is responsible of the outdoor activities in Ithaca and is running the “Ithaca sea kayaking day-trip” and some of our expeditions. He grew up on Ithaca, which is located at the north-east side of Kefalonia. He studied Electronic Engineering (BSc) at the Educational Institute of Athens. During his military service at the Hellenic Navy he trained as radar operator. He studied Renewable Energy Engineering (MSc) at Heriot Watt University of Edinburgh. For his dissertation he worked for PURE Energy Center in Shetlands, Scotland. Finally he decided to return to Ithaca and to setup his own company, Odyssey Diving and Sea Kayak Club. His passion for his homeland is obvious. He was always interested in outdoor activities.

He has been sea kayaking since 2006 and he completed the sea kayaking BCU (British Canoe Union) 3 star award in 2011. He has explored almost every islet of the central Ionian Sea with his sea kayak. As a sailor he did two offshore sailing courses (beginners and advanced) at the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC). He is also a dinghy sailing athlete at Proodos sailing club in Vathy, Ithaca. He also undertook a lifeguarding course at the Greek Lifeguard Academy (ENAK).

In 2012 season he worked as a sea kayak guide at Ionian Explorers leading day and multi day trips, while he was doing his Divemaster intership at Nautilus Diving Club in Vasiliki, Lefkas. At the end of the season he worked as a Divemaster at the same diving center. Then he became an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) and an Emergency First Response (EFR) or first aid instructor. After summer 2014 he gained the title of PADI MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer). In October-November 2014 he undertook one of the most complete sea kayak guiding courses worldwide, the 6-week “Coastal Guide” course at Sea kayaking Cornwall. He was trained in leadership, incident management, coaching, sea survival, navigation, remote emergency care, expedition skills, surfing and advanced techniques by some of the best sea kayaking instructors, as Jeff Allen and Simon Osborne. BCU 4 star sea kayaking guide.

Among his hobbies are football, basketball, free-diving, mountain biking, cycling, running, trekking, kiteboarding, snowboarding and photography.

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email: glilas84@gmail.com

 

Vaggelis Mitsouras: The day-trip master.


Vaggelis is a passionate local outdoor activity guide who grew up in Ithaca. He is running many sea kayak day-trips each season and some of our multi-day trips. He is an enthusiast sportsperson who is studying at the department of physical education and sport science of the Democritus University of Thrace in Komotini. The fact which qualified him to work for Odyssey Sea Kayak Club was that he learn how to roll the kayak in only 15 minutes!!


In search of improving his kayaking skills he decided to leave Greece for six months and through Erasmus student exchange program he undertook some modules at the University of Dijon in France. He tried many racing kayak training programs and he became a stronger paddle.


He is also a local hiking guide and he is leading groups for Odyssey Outdoor Activities.


Vaggelis is speaking Greek, English and French. During his studies he became a basketball referee and a TRX instructor from GR.A.F.T.S HELLAS.


He is an amateur football player at “Odysseas” football team of Ithaca.


Vaggelis loves being in nature and among his hobbies is wild camping, scuba diving, swimming and basketball, volleyball and track and field. He is also an artist and his passion is photography, traditional dancing and he is also a great musician. He is playing the guitar as a member of a traditional music group in Komotini and he recently started playing violin.

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Giorgio:

is our brave partner in Kefalonia. He is running “Outdoor kefalonia” which is the most complete outdoor activities company on our neighbor island. Giorgio has strong roots in Kefalonia, his family’s name is registered in one of the oldest documents dating from 1262.


He has been involved in adventure sports and activities since the age of 15 when he started walking, caving and learning about the historical background of Kefalonia. He became a volunteer with the fire service at the age of 16, which later lead to a full time position as a driver (fifth degree professional driver)- firefighter, for 6 years. He trained in the army with the Special Forces (1998-2000) in the “Mountain assault units”,where he was also a medic. After his army training he trained and became an expert in mountaineering, rock-climbing 7b- and ice-climbing 4+, 5 and as part of his training, he travelled throughout Greece to places such as Meteora, Mount Olympus and in Europe (La Grave, Fournel, Val d’aosta) to perfect his sport. He is one of the most experienced divers of the island and he is responsible for the department of diving at the sailing club of Kefalonia. He also worked as a diver at the reconstruction of the historical bridge of Argostoli.

In 2005 he designed the new footpath system for Ainos Mountain’s national park. These paths were opened to the public in 2011. He has attended and completed various training courses and seminars based around his profession including areas such as the protection of yourself and the safety of others. As a kayaker he is an ISKGA coastal and BCU 4* sea kayaking guide (trained by Sea Kayaking Cornwall). In October 2013, he crossed the Adriatic sea, paddling 700 nm from Kefalonia to Venice in 34 days. He also undertakes rope access projects which involve accessing places in which the usual means of ladders or scaffolding cannot be used and ropes are needed, usually very tall, deep or narrow places. He turned his numerable skills into a business in 2008.
Contact him for any adventure around Kefalonia. If you have a special request for Ithaca, as climbing, abseiling or caving we can arrange to bring this outdoor activity legend to Ithaca only for you.

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For more information please contact us.

info@ithacadiving.gr

Phone: 0030 6948182655

Vathy Ithaca Greece.