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The Venetian Las Vegas Reveals the Secrets Behind the Gondolier University Program

April 4, 2015 by  

The Venetian Las Vegas Reveals the Secrets Behind the Gondolier University Program
On Friday, April 3, The Venetian Las Vegas began the annual process of selecting gondoliers to be a part of the resort’s celebrated Grand Canal Gondola guest experience (Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com). 

Gondolier Applicants at The Venetian

Out of 100 applications, 12 made the cut to advance to the certification Jump Test at the Outdoor Grand Canal, testing their ability to swim. Candidates had to jump into the canal waters, swim back to the gondola, and regain control of the boat in specific amount of time.

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com.

Candidates whom successfully completed the initial test will continue into a three-week training period entitled Gondolier University that involves learning how to effectively maneuver the gondola through the canals, creating a unique gondolier persona, performing authentic Italian ballads and becoming a master of all facts regarding The Venetian Las Vegas.

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com.

The gondoliers train in bright red shirts, and do not “earn their stripes,” in reference to the gondoliers signature striped shirts, until they have completed vocal evaluations, spent a minimum of 40 hours navigating the gondola through the canals and mastering the safety test. Final evaluations are conducted during a ride along with a senior member of the team, after which the candidate becomes a graduate of Gondolier University.

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com.

The gondola ride at The Venetian provides guests with a romantic and relaxing experience, transporting them from the hustle and bustle of the casinos to the ambiance of Venice, the most romantic city in the world. Guests can take in the beautiful Venetian architecture and enjoy a true one-of-a-kind experience in Vegas floating down the Venetian’s Grand Canal in an Italian gondola.

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com.

The indoor quarter-mile-long Canal winding through the Grand Canal Shoppes also features a separate outdoor, open-air ride that offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com.

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com.

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com.

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Gondolier applicants test their abilities at The Venetian

Photo credit: Patrick Gray / © Kabik Photo Group / ErikKabik.com.

For more information on the Gondola Ride at The Venetian, please visit www.venetian.com

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