Antarctic pre-deployment training courses

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Pre-deployment training course

If you are going South with BAS to one of our stations or into the field for the first time then you will be expected to attend our pre-deployment training course. You should also make sure you have read the Participants Handbook which provides an essential guide to going south with BAS.

Aims of the training course

The aims of the pre-deployment training course are to provide those going to the Antarctic with both practical advice and information regarding their trip, and more general background on the British Antarctic Survey and its work. It provides a wide-ranging induction to BAS policies and culture, as well as an ideal opportunity for new recruits to meet with others with whom they will be living and working.

More general information is available at Antarctic pre-deployment training.

Elements of the training course 2015

There are different elements to the course and different attendance requirements for delegates according to their circumstances. We aim to send out Training invitations to all named participants at least 4 – 6 weeks beforehand; if you consider that you should be attending but have not received these details please contact Chris Aldridge on [email protected] as soon as possible.

Course venue

Girton College, Cambridge: Maps and directions to Girton College. Participants will be invited as either residents or non-residents. Those staying at college should enter by the Old Kitchens door, attend Registration in the Stanley Library and report to the Porter’s Lodge to sort out domestic arrangements before the start of proceedings at 17:00 hrs.

Parking

Cars should be parked in Mares Run car park off Girton Road and not in the college courtyard.

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation is provided to all new delegates who are not already based at Cambridge and all meals are provided; please let us know in advance of any particular dietary requirements.

Girton College facilities

The college has an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts and a croquet lawn which will be available for delegates’ use. Internet access is available (but we recommend that you do not leave laptop computers or other valuables in bedrooms.)

Arrangements for non-residents

If attending the Main pre-deployment training course, you should arrive by 16:45 on Sunday 13th September 2015. Enter the College by the Old Kitchens door and attend Registration in the Stanley Library before the start of proceedings at 1700.

Meals

You will not be resident at Girton but meals will be provided during the period you are required to attend, including evening meals during the main training course; please let us know in advance of any particular dietary requirements.

Arrangements for residents

Residential delegates should arrive between 14:00 and 15:00 hrs on Sunday 13th September 2015. Enter the College by the Old Kitchens door, attend Registration in the Stanley Library and report to the Porter’s Lodge to sort out domestic arrangements before the start of proceedings at 17:00 hrs.


2015 Dates

Course Dates Location Documentation
Pre-deployment training Sunday 13th – Wednesday 16th September 2015 Girton College
First Aid Plus Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th September 2015 Girton College
Oil Spill Response Course Wednesday 16th September 2015 Girton College
Sea Survival Training Saturday 19th September 2015(Please bring swimwear and a towel) PETANS, NorwichandNational Maritime Training Centre,Gravesend
Winter Teams Training Week Sunday 20th – Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Derbyshire
First Aid Refresher TBC BAS Cambridge

First Aid, Field Course, Personal Survival Techniques

You may be required to attend the Antarctic pre-deployment Training Course and/or First Aid Course. There are different attendance requirements for delegates according to their circumstances. We aim to send out invitations to all named participants 4 – 6 weeks beforehand; if you consider that you should be attending but have not received these details, please contact us as soon as possible.

For further information about your trip please consult the Participants’ Handbook — A guide to going South with BAS.

First Aid training is compulsory for people visiting stations and working in deep field. For those onboard ships it is desired but not essential.

For all cruise participants and those who are travelling on BAS vessels a Personal Survival Techniques (PST / STCW ’95) course will need to be completed prior to your trip. Various colleges around the country hold this course. A copy of your certificate should be sent back to OPAL Support Team and the original must be taken onboard with you.

Failure to take your original PST certificate onboard with you will prevent you from joining the cruise.

The level of First Aid training required will depend on the nature of the proposed fieldwork. The following table provides a guide to First Aid training requirements, although decisions on individual cases will be made by BAS.

Ship (cruise) only Station based (Short term) Station based (Long term) Field based (Short term) Field based (Long term)
BAS staff A1 BASMU ‘First Aid Plus’ or refresher A1 BASMU ‘First Aid Plus’ course or refresher A1 BASMU ‘First Aid Plus’ or refresher A1 BASMU ‘First Aid Plus’ or refresher A1 BASMU ‘First Aid Plus’ or refresher
Non-BAS personnel B1 Not required but“First Aid at Work” is recommended B1 Not required but“First Aid at Work” is recommended B2 “First Aid at Work” required B3 BASMU ‘First Aid Plus’or refresher B3 BASMU ‘First Aid Plus’or refresher

B1, Research station — Activities will be restricted to the research station vicinity.

B1, Ships — If an individual does not hold a “First Aid at work” certificate, land-based activities are liable to be restricted.

Personnel carrying out Antarctic Fieldwork in category B1 or B2 will not normally be offered ‘First Aid Plus’ training by BASMU, but should obtain First Aid training, to the “First Aid at Work” standard, elsewhere. If project fieldwork requires more than a single summer field season, refresher training is required annually (this may be obtained on board ship or on station), and repeated BASMU training every 3 years, to maintain certification.

Depending on the proposed fieldwork, there may be a requirement to attend a half-day oil-spills training course, which follows the ‘First Aid Plus’ course.