Meet our Boat Pilots
Meet the diverse range of local pilots that we partner with in each location.
Damir is in fact a renowned windsurfer who competed internationally as well as a merchant seaman who skippered boats throughout the globe before settling down in Sibenik and being the skipper on our Croatia Dalmatian Coast trip. He is a very experienced local skipper and he and his boat “Luce” have probably been down the Sibenik Channel more times than anybody.
Damir has been skippering for SwimTrek in Croatia since 2004.
Mustafa has been living on boats since he was a child and this shows as he seems to know every other seafarer we come across. It’s hard to mention Mustafa without also mentioning Zeynep his hard working wife. Together the 2 of them form a formidable team skippering our clients on our Turkish Lycian Way swims. They are warm and friendly and have a great strike record for spotting dolphins.
Mustafa has been skippering for SwimTrek in Turkey since 2010.
Petar is a very experienced local skipper who has been taking tourists on boat excursions in Montenegro for over 30 years. He has always had a love for the sea and boats. When he isn’t the skipper on his boat called “Orca” you will find him either fishing or diving.
Petar has been piloting for SwimTrek since 2016 and will be skippering in Montenegro.
Based out of Porto Petro in south-east Mallorca, Sebastian skippers on our south-east Mallorca trips. A keen amateur fisherman he can sometimes be spotted fishing while we’re anchored up in a local bay. His favourite waters of where we swim is the Mondrago National Park.
Sebastian has been skippering for SwimTrek in the South-East of Mallorca since 2011.
While Jadran our pilot on the Croatia Short & Long Swims trips may look like more of a "rock star" than a man of the sea, don't let looks deceive you! In fact he is one of SwimTrek’s most industrious skippers. Local to the island of Krapanj, Jadran has known these islands from a young age. He is known to dive for mussels on the coasts of many of the islands that we visit and he has his own special recipe which he sometimes serves up for lunch. His boat is “Mia.”
Jadran has been skippering for SwimTrek in Croatia since 2004
Pedro David López Martínez
Based in La Paz in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Pedro has been coming to the island of Espiritu Santo for years. He guides a number of walks here introducing the flora and fauna of this generally uninhabited island. He’s also great at spotting seals.
Pedro has been skippering for SwimTrek in Baja since 2010.
Alejandro is an international sailing competitor and owns a busy sail school on the south west of Tenerife. His local coastal knowledge combined with his ability to read the wind and weather conditions means you’ll always be doing the best swims for the conditions.
Alejandro has a beautiful shy water dog called Roly and has been skippering for SwimTrek in Tenerife since 2015.
Damulis, our boat pilot in Crete, opened the Notos Mare dive school in 2004. As a qualified PADI instructor, he has intimate knowledge of Crete’s underwater scenery. Damulis knows all the secret spots from years of exploring in his boats and escorting divers along the south west coast of the island. He is also experienced in rescuing stranded tankers and plaiting ladies hair! His dive boat and support boats all have sturdy ladders so there’s no need to clamber over the side.
Damulis has been skippering for SwimTrek in Crete since 2015.
Ben has been piloting for SwimTrek in the British Virgin Islands since 2016. He has been working for Sunchaser Scuba since 2010 and is a PADI Dive Instructor from England. Ben has been teaching diving since 2007 and has worked in various locations including Thailand, Mexico and Costa Rica. The boat that he pilots is called Miss Lavelle.
Krešimir was born in Sibenik and lived in the area for 20 years, then moved to Australia for 10 years. Now back in Croatia you will find him skippering on our tours on the Dalmatian Coast and Kornati Islands. As with many of our boat pilots, they enjoy the sea not just on the boat but in other activities as well. Krešimir was part of a Croatian Windsurfing team and competed for 12 years. He also enjoys free diving, spearfishing and swimming.
Krešimir has been skippering for SwimTrek in Croatia since 2015.