A captain’s first priority – safety first!
On all Eurobike bike and boat trips, passenger safety is paramount for the captain. He or she is responsible for ensuring that the crew, guests and of course the ship are not damaged. In addition, the captain is responsible for the smooth operation of the ship and ensures that all passengers arrive at their destination port on time.
At the beginning of each voyage passengers are given a safety briefing on how to behave in an emergency to ensure they are prepared if anything happens. In addition, under the direction of the captain, the crew informs guests where to find lifejackets and how to use them. The emergency exits and lifeboats are also shown to everyone.
Watching with eagle eyes
The main tasks of a ship’s captain are to direct the crew and ensure all work on board is completed. He is also responsible for keeping the logbook. On the bridge the captain determines the route with the aid of technical instruments. If he or she notices something unusual, they discuss the situation with their officer. If the ship’s journey takes longer, a ship’s captain also needs well-founded knowledge in the field of mechanical engineering. A sound understanding of customs regulations is also important.
And of course there are a few chats with guests during the daily walk on board.
How do you become a ship’s captain?
So they can navigate the high seas, all captains have to complete training as a navigator. However, to be admitted to a maritime school at all, training as a ship mechanic is a prerequisite. At the school, a prospective captain is then trained for another two years as a certified technician. After completing the training, they get the title of deck officer. In order to qualify for the rank of captain, all sailors must have three years of professional experience as an officer. Ultimately eventually taking the role of captain!