My name is Anthousa Papadopoulou, I am the owner of the Kalamata Dive Center and I am a PADI Master Scuba Instructor with many specialties, a Cavern instructor, a Disabled Divers instructor, a TecDeep diver and a cave diver. I was born in Athens to a greek father and a swiss-german mom and was raised in a multilingual, bicultural household with two younger siblings. I’ve lived half of my life in Greece and the other half in Switzerland. I’ve studied, had a career, travelled the world and when I had my children, I became a full time housewife by choice. I used to run marathons and I practice yoga since decades. My first dive was in 1992 and I knew immediately, it is my world. I would skin dive a lot as a child, but apnea was not enough for me. I wished to stay longer under water, so I got certified as a PADI Open Water diver in 1998, bought my own equipment and dived a lot. In 2012 my life changed abruptly. In 2014 my daughter died. Having had to cope with two cancer kids (one of which survived) my happy marriage ended. I found comfort in the sea. I realized the therapeutic effect of scuba diving and decided I want to share it with others. So I went on with my education and after becoming a PADI instructor I opened the Kalamata Dive Center in Kalamata in 2016. I kept my groups very small and ended up having only private dives, because it is important for me to focus on every detail of my dive buddy’s experience.
I continue my education as a diver and dream to own a Rebreather one day. What I learn, I apply to give even to the very advanced recreational diver good tips on how to improve his style and thus get more out of every dive. Yet, I don’t forget what it feels like to take your first breath underwater. My priority is to adhere to safety standards and I am a strict, demanding teacher. For the hesitating I have developed a method to help them trust the water and their equipment. Diving with me is fun but not just that. I aspire to give every buddy something on the way that will make his next dives safer and more enjoyable.