Born in a seaside kibbutz in Israel, Rotem grew up as a professional swimmer. A lover of the outdoors, she did quite a bit of hiking and rafting until she discovered kayaking. She has never looked back. After years of training in Israel and Wales, in 2006 she became the first sea kayaker to complete a solo circumnavigation of Iceland.

Rotem is a Senior Instructor atTerra Santa Kayak Expeditions in Israel were she gives sea, surf & whitewater courses all year round, and leads sea kayaking expeditions all over the world.