Sporty by nature, Anaïs turned to outdoor sports as a teenager. She discovered canoeing on the Tarn and Allier rivers. After graduating with a degree in sports science, she turned to teaching and pedagogy. She returned to the Allier, a river close to her heart, to work and teach canoeing and kayaking. She became head of canoeing trips at UCPA before returning to her first passion: instructing.