Venice Kayak is founded and owned by René Seindal and Marco Ballarin, but occasionally we’ll have help doing kayaking tours around Venice and the lagoon.
Marco Ballarin is born and raised in Venice, where he has kayaked since he was nine. He is an accomplished Italian kayak and canoe instructor with the highest level of certification available in Italy, and he is also a certified marine guide. His passion is teaching children how to kayak.
René is a historian by education (M.A. in History and Italian from the University of Copenhagen ’93) and he has travelled extensively in Italy the last 20 years or more. His master’s thesis on the Sicilian mafia was later published, and it is available from Amazon.
René lives in Venice since 2008, and he speaks Danish, English and Italian fluently. He has paddled in many places in Italy, including Venice, Sicily, the Island of Elba and the complete circumnavigation of Sardinia. René has a Danish sea kayak coach award.
She has a background a tailor and stylist so she tends to dress up a bit when kayaking (more than the rest of us, at least ).