Kayak Milos and
are owned and operated by Rod
Feldtmann and Petrinela Vikeli. They
have three children, Anna and Alexia and Perros,
aged 10, 9 and 5 and live on Milos, year round.
comes from a local family and was born and raised on Milos. After
school she moved to Athens and obtained a degree in Tourism
Administration. She worked for a while in the hotel industry in
Athens, before retreating to the quiet life of the islands.
Petrinela manages the family operated
Kafeneio (Coffee-Ouzo bar) and the
Guesthouse business, in-between her motherly tasks. She enjoys
spending time with her extended family, quiet nights at home and the
occasional weekend adventure. After working hard all summer, she
looks forward to a winter break, either to the Alps to play in the white
stuff, or to Australia for an endless summer.
Feldtmann (company founder, owner, operator, coach and guide)
Rod grew up on a farm in Victoria, Australia. After graduating
with a degree in Geology from the University of Wollongong, he worked
for 10 years as an Exploration Geologist in Australia, South America and
finally in Milos. In year 2000, when his contract as a Geologist
came to an end, Rod established Sea Kayak Milos as a means to remain on
Milos, sustain his family and to enjoy the great outdoors. The aim
of the business was, and still is, to provide affordable sea-kayaking
holidays, in a fantastic location, to people of all abilities.
With 14 years experience leading trips on
Milos and to other places in Greece, he is one of the most experienced and
qualified guides in Greece. He regularly travels to the UK to
attend British Canoe Union (BCU) training courses. He holds his
5 star sea kayak proficiency
and is a (BCU) Level 4 sea kayak coach.
Rods paddling resume.
Watson (Expedition leader, Assistant guide)
Having first visited Sea Kayak Milos as a customer in 2008,
Dave is now a regular member of the guiding/coaching team which
gives him the chance to share his passion for kayaking with others.
In addition to assisting with the day trips Dave also leads the
Expedition programme assisted by his wife, Sue. A round the island
expedition usually takes 5 days, however, his last circumnavigation
in 2012, with Sue, took only a day - 66kms and 11 hours later they
were back on the beach where they had started! Fast and furious is
good for a change but Dave prefers taking his time exploring the
coastline, beaches and caves - on every trip there is something new
to investigate and share with the group.
Dave is a qualified Wilderness Guide
accredited by Wild Scotland, holds the BCU UKCC 5* Sea Kayak Leader
award and is working towards becoming a BCU UKCC Level 3 Coach.
When not paddling on Milos, Dave can be found on the West Coast of
Scotland, either guiding or kayaking with friends. He and Sue live
in Penrith, England, although they both seem to spend a lot of their
time in Greece paddling or following their other passions – hiking,
biking, visiting historical sites and sampling the local cuisine.
Sue Watson (Assistant Guide)
Sue is a regular visitor to Milos,
initially helping husband Dave on the Expeditions. Following her
career in teaching, Sue now shares her love for paddling with like
minded people on a more permanent basis assisting with the
expeditions and day trips. Having cracked the basics of kayak
rolling to gain her UKCC 3*, Sue is now focussing on developing her
repertoire of rolls! On expeditions, Sue particularly enjoys the
opportunity to meet people and hear their paddling stories over a
meal and glass of wine on the beach! She has paddled with Dave in
Greenland, various locations on the West Coast of Scotland, Shetland
and been on a number of trips in the Med.
Always up for a bit of adventure and a
challenge, Sue’s paddling experience and background as an educator,
helps ensure you have a fun filled Greek island paddling experience.
Taylor (Assistant Guide, September 2014)
Paul has been the assistant guide, on an occasional basis, since
Paul is from England and works as a Instructor at the Leicester
Outdoor Pursuit Centre. He is a BCU Level 3 Inland Kayak Coach
and BCU Level 3 Open Canoe Coach. Paul is now the Canoe England
'LCO' Local Coaching Organizer for Lincolnshire. Paul has been
involved with paddling for over 13 years.
Paul also coaches Archery, Bellboating, Bushcraft, Climbing,
Fencing, Raft Building, Shooting, Team Building.
When not working as an Outdoor coach, Paul is a Freelance
(Assistant Guide, July 2013)
Paddling for 12 years and instructing for 10 years, Hanne
holds the BCU 3 star
and (Danish) EPP level 2 instructor. Most of her guiding experience has
been with groups around the islands
in the southern part of Fyn, Denmark.
She has been paddling and camping in Denmark, Sweden, Wales and Milos of
Besides being a primary school teacher, she has an Academy Profession
Degree of Outdoor Education in Theory and Practice. Hanne utilizes outdoor
activities in her work with children, as well as in different commercial
Hanne's passions are: sea kayaking, tree-climbing and running (marathons and
For quite a while, her main interest with sea kayaking has been rolling!
Hanne will not be in milos in 2014, but we hope to see her back