RIVER - Nautical Instructor

Viking is a strong and dynamic company - with a growing fleet of more than 80 river ships and seven ocean vessels cruising over 100 itineraries around the world. In 2022, our guests will experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with two expedition ships built specifically to explore the world's most remote destinations. We will also expand our operations to the U.S. with the addition of a new Mississippi River ship.



For the complement of our Nautical Operations department, we are looking for a Nautical Instructor.

This position requires traveling to Viking Longships in operation, harbors and various training locations in Europe, with up to 10% of time spent in the Basel Office (Swiss contract).

The Team of Nautical Instructors is responsible for providing functional educational programs to the Nautical crew of Viking River ships from onboarding of newcomers, repeater training for current employees and talent development programs. All programs use a blended learning approach and are a combination of: simulation using modern technologies, practical training onboard, classroom workshops, coaching, e-learning and online seminars.

Please note that we can only accept applicants who are eligible to work in Switzerland or in possession of a valid work permit.



The below list describes the responsibilities of the whole Nautical Instructors Team. The exact tasks and projects are distributed to the team members based on skills, knowledge and availability and may be changing on a regular basis.

Classroom and practical training

  • Training in nautical functional topics, including stretch knowledge (mostly on the Rhine), maneuvering of the ship, equipment, safety procedures and regulations
  • Delivery of classroom training sessions in Nautical topics
  • Delivery of practical training onboard a Viking Longship
  • Coaching Trainer Captains
  • Preparation and execution of practical exams and assessments

Simulator training

  • Delivery and facilitation of simulator training focused on maneuvering, including an explanation of scenarios and debriefing exercises
  • Development of simulator scenarios for sailing and maneuvering on inland waterways
  • Periodical assessments of trainee’s progress in the simulators
  • Operating the simulators

Digital Learning

  • Preparation and leading of online webinars
  • Using Microsoft Teams for training facilitation (creating channels, sharing material, planning online meetings)
  • Participation in review of existing digital learning material
  • In cooperation with digital learning experts, preparation of new e-learning material


  • Organize logistics of the training program: transport, meeting rooms, participants showing up on time etc.
  • Alignment with external partners
  • Organization of exams with an external institution
  • Organization of statutory training


  • Preparing and filling in the documentation reg. trainees progress and monitoring proper filling in of those documents by all involved trainers (internal and external)
  • Ensure proper registration of classes in the Learning Management System


  • Keep close communication with the participants regarding their program, logistics and assignments
  • Keep close contact with participants to discuss their progress
  • Alignment with the office team about scheduling and ship assignments
  • Report on the status of training programs, and progress of trainees


  • Participate in long-term planning of talent management programs at Viking
  • Quality assurance of external training sessions



  • Proven track record of conducting training in a nautical field
  • Passion for training in a Nautical field and adult education
  • Ability to explain complex topics
  • Education in adult learning (as an asset)
  • Experience as a Captain or First Officer on the Rhine river (as an asset)
  • Experience with sailing with a Viking Longship (as an asset)
  • Excellent planning and organizational abilities
  • Proactive and precise communicator
  • Microsoft 365 (SharePoint)
  • Fluency in English
  • Communicative, inspiring and convincing personality
  • Flexibility and willingness for co-operation and teamwork
  • Reliable and stress-resistant


If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website, including a cover letter (one page, introducing yourself and outlining why you are interested in the role) as well as your CV in English and relevant references.

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