1997, Metavasi came to life. Based on international standards this
school's target was to rock the waters of whitewater kayak training
of all levels in Greece. Until 2002 our school's adventures with
whitewater excursions in Greece and abroad were unprecedented for
Greek standards. Extraordinary in number was also the introduction
and training of new people to this field. In 2002, Metavasi expanded
its operations to include numerous outdoor recreation activities
(rafting, abseiling, mountain bike etc).
the end of 2003, the company became the Greek agent for the international
rescue training organization "Rescue 3 International".
Now, for the first time, internationally accredited rescue courses
are offered in Greece. These courses are particularly relevant to:
Firefighters, Rescue teams, Lifeguards, Rafting guides, kayak instructors
and all people that operate in a swiftwater environment.
rescue courses are primarily taught at the Evinos River (250 km
from Athens), where our company's facilities are located (classroom
with advanced teaching equipment, river and rescue gear, change
rooms etc). However, courses can also be delivered anywhere in Greece,
Holevas is the father and director of Metavasi. He is a Rescue 3
International instructor. He is a kayak instructor, and a kayak
slalom coach of the General Sports Secretariat of Greece, a kayak
coach of the Australian kayak Federation and the British Canoe Union,
and a kayak instructor of the German Federation (V.D.K.S.). He is
also a kayak assessor for the B.C.U. and the kayak slalom coach
for the 'Athens Kayak Club'. He is Rafting Guide instructor of the
British Canoe Union (B.C.U.) and Rafting Guide Instructor (Unrestricted)
of International Rafting Federation (IRF). He was responsible in
charge for the water safety team member for the canoe-kayak slalom
during the olympic games in Athens. Lastly, he is a Volunteer
Samaritan for the Greek Red Cross and a member of the Greek Rescue
Team (of Athens). He
has traveled extensively to continuously improve his skills and
knowledge in instructing, paddling, and rescue to the following
countries: Slovenia, Czech Republic, F.Y.R.O.M., Great Britain,
Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Australia, Canada, and Switzerland.
Acknowledging the fact that in order to maintain high standards
of services one needs to have a high level of skills and theoretical
knowledge, he continues to travel and to materialize his goal.