The Nautilus Consortium proposes a university-business collaboration in Southeast Mediterranean basin between Greece, Italy, Turkey and Cyprus. Three water sports tourism SMEs, a University, an IT company and an Accreditation and Certification Organization will collaborate for the successfull implementation of the project.

Meet the Team:

1 / SURF CLUB KEROS – Coordinator (GR)

urf Club Keros was established in Limnos island, in NE Aegean Sea by a team of long-time surfers, athletes and extreme sports enthusiasts. Since 2008 more than 1500 people of all ages (including people with disabilities) learned how to ride a surf, a windsurf or a kitesurf. The club is located in one of the most diverse and beautiful islands in Greece, in the middle of a protected by NATURA 2000 area. Operating in a protected area, conservation and environmental sustainability is embedded in our principles “by design” and the smallest environmental footprint possible was and is always our necessary priority. In 2011, SURF CLUB SCKEROS Lodge & Spa, opened its gates offering 5-star luxurious accommodation in exclusive tents, making it the first “Glamping” camp in Greece. Since then, SURF CLUB KEROS has not stopped to bring unique, top quality and innovative tourism products and initiatives in water sports and coastal maritime sector like Girls on Board Kitesurfing Camps, IKO Instructor Courses, Surfing Birds Kids Camps and the unique KEROS for All: The first European Active Holiday Resort fully accessible and friendly for individuals with physical disabilities.


ristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh),founded in 1926, is the largest Higher Education Institution in Greece and Southeastern Europe, with 11 faculties and 42 Schools covering all scientific fields.

In NAUTILUS, the Aristotle University participates as a partner through the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC),which is active in a wide range of research disciplines. SJMC researchers and faculty members have a great experience in Strategic Communication and Dissemination, as well as in Adult and Lifelong Continuing Education. SJMC participates in national, European and international programs and initiatives (GEJI, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, Erasmus+ KA1/KA2/KA3, EASME/Nautical Routes for Europe). SJMC organizes winter/summer schools and academies for professional training, has created MOOCs, and also has awards and distinctions(Jean Monnet Chair, Google, GEJI, GUnet).

SJMC collaborates with national and international journalism and communication associations, media organisations, press agencies, NGOs, strategic institutions, public administration and local self-government, EJTA-IAMCR-ECREA, and Regional Press Institutes.


rogressive Board Ltd. was established in 2008 to run a kitesurf school in Alaçatı on the Aegean coast of Turkey. The company’s founding partners had extensive experience of international business and of living and working in Turkey. Their vision was to create a truly international standard kitesurf company in Turkey. The company’s school operations expanded over the next 3 years to include 4 kitesurf centres in the Turkey’s top kitesurf locations of Istanbul, Urla and Gökova, in addition to the original centre in Alaçatı.

In 2010 Progressive Board Ltd won a grant from the Izmir Development Agency (IZKA) to develop and market its kitesurf centre in Urla. In addition to kitesurf courses, the company also organises hotel accommodation, transfers and activities for its clients.

Progressive Board’s experience is not limited to Turkey. The company has also organised kitesurf and windsurf workshops and holidays for their clients in Kenya, Egypt and Morocco. The company’s brand, Kite-Turkey, has become one of the most established and best known brands in the Turkish kitesurf sector. It is ranked no.1 for most Google searches related to kitesurfing in Turkey.


itepiratas is a similar Water Sports Centre specialising in Kitesurfing. It is an IKO affiliated school that within the 2 years it operates managed to build a loyal and recurrent audience. Kite Piratas is located in one of the most beautiful beaches of Sicily, in Tiki beach just opposite Malta. Although it does not operate any accommodation it has an all day restaurant and bar.

Every year more than 400 people are taking courses in the Kite Piratas school with the help of IKO qualified instructors.


UV AUSTRIA Hellas is one of the biggest and most respected certification and accreditation services companies in Greece. Its parent organization TÜV AUSTRIA is Accredited and Notified Body to European Union with notification number 0408. TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas is accredited by the Hellenic Accreditation System (E.SY.D.) for almost all of its activities, and also has Accreditation and/or Recognition by other Bodies, like ACCREDIA, APMG, GLOBALGAP, IFS etc. The goal of the TÜV AUSTRIA group is to guarantee safety, to conserve resources and to achieve improved quality of products and services. Moreover, since 1989, the group ‘s subsidiary TÜV AUSTRIA Academy has been strengthening the expertise of employees through high quality courses. In 2013, with the aim of transferring knowledge from as early as school age, pioneering projects TÜV AUSTRIA Kids, the science scholarship and TÜV AUSTRIA-OMV Weinviertel Academy were started. TÜV AUSTRIA has an international presence all over the world, while TUV AUSTRIA Hellas has a presence in 10 locations abroad including Cyprus, Turkey, Albania, Jordan and Qatar.


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