The last 2 months have been a crazy roller coaster for me, I started off at Horizon Watersports doing 3 weeks of work experience. This all stemmed from me wanting to get some outdoor activity experience on my C.V. I never thought that 2 months later I’d still be living and working in Greece!
After my initial 3 weeks at Horizon Watersports were up, the season was in full swing and there was a lot of work to be done, so the opportunity for me to stay came up. I jumped at this chance and now can’t imagine working anywhere else. I have made so many new friends from working here, it’s hard not to when you work together from early morning set up all day long. Then we all live together too. It’s a lovely team and I am glad to be part of it!
My average day starts off waking up at 8:00 ready for morning meeting at 9:00, here we sit and talk about the plan for the day and get excited about new customers. We set up the centre ready for opening at 10:00, this involves putting out the kayaks, paddle boards and powerboats, then setting up for any sessions booked in for the day. Lunch rolls around at 1 o’clock, usually filled with a gyros or something delicious from the bakery.
There is a lot of behind the scenes work happening at the centre during the day, such as weekly and monthly jobs so we are always kept busy. The day finishes at pack down, around 6.30, we put all equipment away and lock up the centre and end our day with a staff meeting.
All the staff at the centre work 6 days a week with one day off. My day off usually consists of a lie in and then exploring a new part of the island. Lefkas has so much to offer so there is always something to do on your day off. I like to keep busy by a pool or going down to the centre to practice my windsurfing. Having been a sailor all my life, I then tried windsurfing for the first time at Horizon and enjoyed it so much that I try and practice whenever I get the chance.
I worked on Lefkas for about 3 weeks and then before I knew it I was given a proposal from my managing director about some exciting work in the Peloponnese, this was a long way from where I now called home but I was excited about the prospects of a new adventure in a new place. I was to join experienced instructor Mark Corbett, as his safety assistant in the Pelopennese. We were setting up a brand new project for Horizon where we teach guests at their own private villas! A daunting but very exciting opportunity for me. So far it has been great, a whole new world really! My time here, in the Peloponnese has been great to build my confidence, get more time on the water and prepare myself to complete my dinghy instructor qualification when I get back to Nidri.
My moderation for my dinghy instructors is coming up in a couple of weeks and the rest of the season is still ahead of me. There is still so much time for exciting plans to unfold and new steps to be reached.
So much has happened since I started my time at Horizon already so I’m looking forward to what the future brings. My skill set is building and I owe it all to the fantastic team that welcomed me in from the get go!