Open Boat Captain
Sharing stories of Amsterdam’s past and present
As a Stromma Open Boat Captain you show our guests Amsterdam’s world-famous canals from an electric open boat. En route you tell the guests stories about Amsterdam. You are also responsible for minor maintenance and the daily cleaning of the open boat or saloon steamer.
You start your day preparing your boat, which is fully charged overnight. You pick up your guests from one of our moorings in the city and sail them silently through the famous ring of canals. You also show them the picturesque narrow canals. You plan your own route and tell our guests about the buildings and sights you pass by. You also tell them all kind of stories about the city and its history. To ensure that you know everything you need to know about Amsterdam, you will first be trained as a Guide.
- Create your own route through the canals of Amsterdam in an electric open boat
- Share your knowledge and love of the city with our guests
- The most beautiful workplace in Amsterdam
- Flexible working hours – choose your own work schedule depending on your availability and preferences
- Informal working atmosphere with convivial drinks and staff parties
What is your name and what do you do at Stromma Netherlands?
My name is Henk and I have been working for Stromma Netherlands for more than 10 years. I work as a Captain and a Guide.
What do you like most about your job?
The beauty of the city, people waving as we pass, the happiness of the tourists and the atmosphere they create on board make my job very rewarding. Amsterdam is a city that loosens people up. It’s great to witness it happening on board. It is wonderful to see how our guests enjoy learning more about the city. As they step off the boat they often say ‘Wow! I had no idea that Amsterdam had so many stories to tell!’
What's it like working on an electric open boat?
The electric drive makes the boat very quiet. You can hear everything around you: the birds singing, people talking. It can be busy on the streets, but, on board, everyone starts to relax. The water has a calming and soothing effect.
What are your favourite memories of working as an Open Boat Captain?
Welcoming guests on board: tourists from Iran, Iraq and Australia, locals from Amsterdam… The fact that I get to meet people from different cultures is one of the best things about my job.
What are you most proud of?
How this city rose out of the mud and the history you can read in the buildings. I am proud to be able to share Amsterdam's magnificent history with our guests. Someone once nicknamed me ‘History Henk’ because I explain a lot of the history. I consider it an honour!
How would you describe your work as an Open Boat Captain?
It requires a certain discipline but I also have a lot of freedom and gain great job satisfaction. There is also tremendous team spirit. We exchange stories about the history of Amsterdam. So you keep gathering new anecdotes. We encourage each other to be disciplined in the way we work. Our boats are our pride and joy so we make sure they are immaculate.