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Maria Mäenpää

Sea Kayak Instructor, Finnish Canoeing Federation

I grew up in a country of thousands of lakes and a lot of seaside so water has always been the most familiar element for me. My first job ever was in a swimming school when I was 13 years old. I’ve always loved water sports but kayaking got me really hooked.

Best thing about sea kayaking is that it`s fun in all weather conditions 365 days a year. You find hidden spots and can be spontanious, camp on a secluded beach by a bonfire or stop for a hike. Sea has also the power to put things in perspective in your life.

I’ve been travelling and working in many different countries over the last few years but found my recent home in Switzerland. It’s a great pleasure to be able to work on these beautiful lakes. Kayaking here all year round you get to experience both the beauty of the misty winter days and hot, sunny summer days.