When Sid started working for Lake Geneva Cruise Line, he didn’t know they also ran a mail boat. Sid started out as a ticket taker and found out about the mail boat from customers that bought tickets to ride the boat and watch the mail jumpers in action. Once he learned more about the mail jumper job, he decided to apply for it. Teens have to work at the cruise line for at least a year before they can try out for one of the five or six summer mail jumper jobs. Sid got the job in 2019 and has been one ever since.
A typical day of work for a mail jumper starts at 7 a.m., with cleaning the boat and retrieving the mail from the post office. Sid sorts the mail by pier number and arranges the bundles in order of their delivery. Passengers start boarding the boat at 9:30 a.m., and it leaves at 10 a.m. The trip around the lake takes two-and-a-half hours. In between jumps, Sid narrates a tour of the lake and its historic houses.