RIVER - Trainee Program A2 - From 2nd Officer to 1st Officer

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1st Officer / First Mate, 2nd Officer
January 22, 2023


Just like you we care about your professional development and career. We strongly believe best results come from investing in our employees. We, thus, created the Nautical Education Program to enable candidates and existing employees alike to make the next step in their careers. This program starts at the entry level of Sailor and continues all the way to Captain. During the program we provide you with opportunities for training to develop your skills and confidence needed to achieve your goals. Furthermore, Viking actively promotes gender equality in the inland shipping industry. We, therefore, have structures for both female and male applicants in place to support a successful completion of the program.


In the A2 program you will develop all skills, knowledge and experience needed to become a First Officer at Viking. The training will focus on:

  • Perfecting your sailing and manoeuvring skills on the Rhine, Danube or on French waterways – including a series of trainings in a simulator
  • Extending your knowledge of technical aspects of the Viking Longships
  • Becoming an expert in our Safety Management System according to ISO 45001 and ISO 14001
  • Exploring different management and leadership styles – in theory and practice
  • Getting your radar license

The duration of the program is 12 months, and upon a successful completion you will be offered a contract as First Officer at Viking. The program is managed by a designated trainer team. They visit the ships and check in with you and your Captain, help with exam organization and coordinate the theoretical training. All costs of the training and exams is covered by Viking. This program adheres to the EU regulations concerning inland navigation.



  • Active participation in online classes
  • Active participation in the onboard training program (approx. 4 hours of sailing daily)
  • Active participation in leadership trainings, coaching programs, and safety trainings
  • Working in project groups and study groups
  • Attendance in the necessary exams


  • Responsible for the safety on board the ship in the absence of the Captain and 1st Officer
  • Compliance with the guidelines, instructions (nautical manual) and regulations
  • Co-responsible for the impeccable cleanliness, hygiene, and order on board


  • Comply with navigation regulations when on watch
  • Lead on deck for safe mooring, when securing the ship
  • To secure the gangway
  • To make sure the sundeck complies with guests' expectations at all times


  • Maintain personnel record books
  • Maintain the logbook properly
  • To manage the inventory and order of paint / materials / detergents
  • To assign the daily work to Sailors and Apprentices
  • To check the appearance of the navigators
  • Inspection of the ship at regular intervals
  • To check the condition of mooring lines / wires on a daily basis
  • To ensure personnel are wearing minimum personal protective equipment
  • Maintain professionalism and safe ship operations


  • At least 1-year professional experience as a Second Officer
  • English language knowledge


  • Motivated and eager to learn
  • Polite and team player
  • Able to follow instructions and flexible
  • Shows ambition and initiative
  • people focused leadership approach

Your deployment with Viking depends on the requirements for the respective river or country:


  • Rhine license km 1’000 –688 (Amsterdam –Cologne)
  • Radar
  • VHF
  • Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
  • Languages:
    • German and English (mandatory),
    • Dutch and French are an asset


  • Any Danube licenses
  • Radar
  • VHF
  • Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
  • Languages:
    • German and English (mandatory),
    • Dutch and French are an asset


  • Longeur illimitée
  • Radar
  • VHF
  • Safety Expert (Sachkunde)
  • Languages:
    • French and English (mandatory),
    • German is an asset

Language Requirements

Good knowledge of the English language is required.




More than 20 years ago, Viking® set the standard for what river cruising should be, and today we are the leader that all others follow. In 2015, we took the same small ship, destination-focused experience to the seas and reinvented ocean cruising. Over the years Viking has won numerous ocean and river cruise line awards from Condé Nast Traveler, Cruise Critic, Travel + Leisure, Travel Weekly and more.

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.


If you have always dreamed of combining your love of travel with the ability to grow your career, consider a position at Viking. We are the world’s leading small ship cruise line, and there is tremendous potential to advance your career with us. As part of our crew, when your ship is docked at the many destinations we visit, you can explore ashore and refresh during your free time.

Additionally, with Viking’s award-winning service and thoughtfully curated onboard experiences, our guests are typically very satisfied. This, combined with Viking’s gratuity guidelines, means that you can expect to be well rewarded as an employee on board a Viking ship.

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