I have great memories of working as a Captain for the Banff Lake cruise. Everyone is there to have a good time. I would do it all again if I could afford it.
- Really positive attitudes at the beginning of the season
- Great team chemistry
- Management care about their staff (although the burden of managing for a large company becomes apparent on occasion)
- Pay is better than the average entry level job in Banff
- Free training as a ship captain
- Giving tours is an exciting, challenging job
- If you can stick it out, you can be a senior team member after one season.
- **Burn out** by August, about a third of the captains have quit. Replacements are not hired, and greater demand is placed on those that remain. By the end of the season, maybe half are still there.
- Late season morale is generally pretty low
- You have to maintain a very high energy level, so giving tours loses its magic after a month or two (Burnout)
- Housing was only provided by Brewster for six months. This makes returning for the next season increasingly difficult.
- Remote location. You need a car to get here. It is accessible by bike, but you had better enjoy biking uphill!
- Not much room for growth and don't expect a livable raise for loyalty. This is not a career job.
This position is definitely a top entry level job in Banff. If you're new to the area it's a great way to get a foothold. The job can be taxing at times, but you'll work with some great people.
Amazing work culture
Chronic short staffing
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