Summer Pre-Deployment Training

Summer Pre-Deployment Training

You will be required to attend the Summer Pre-Deployment Training course if:

  • You are going South for more than one month
  • This is your first visit
  • You are a returning member of the Antarctic Employment Pool (AEP) on a Summer contract

Elements of the training course 2019

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 Megan Smith on [email protected] as soon as possible.

2019 Dates

Summer Pre-Deployment trainingSun 6th – Wed 9th Oct 2019BAS Cambridge
AEP Summer Staff ReturnersTues 8th – Wed 9th Oct 2019BAS Cambridge
Summer First Aid Training (1 day)Thurs 10th or Fri 11th Oct 2019BAS Cambridge
STCW Personal Survival Techniques (1 day)Thurs 10thLowestoft


Course Venue

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge: Maps and directions to BAS


Course Accommodation

Hallmark Hotel, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8EU



Hallmark Hotel, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8EU. Please ensure you give your registration number to reception.


Travel to and from BAS and the hotel

Coach transfers between BAS and the hotel will be provided.


Accommodation and Meals

All accommodation and meals will be provided for AEP Staff and external collaborators during the period you are required to attend.  Meals will be provided for BAS members of staff.


Summer First Aid Training

First Aid Training is provided immediately after the Antarctic Pre-Deployment Training Course for members of the AEP and BAS staff.

External collaborators are responsible for booking and funding their own Emergency at Work course.  If you do not hold a valid First Aid certificate, activities will be restricted to the immediate base area.


Personal Survival Techniques

All participants who are traveling on BAS vessels must hold a current Personal Survival Techniques (PST / STCW ’95) certificate. Training will be organised for Antarctic Employment Pool members of staff during the Pre-Deployment Training course.  You will need to bring a form of photo ID and swimwear with you.

External collaborators are responsible for booking and funding their own PST course.



Participants being kitted by BAS should be aware that they will be required to take their kit bag away with them at the end of the course. The bag is large and should be taken into consideration when planning your return travel.



For general enquiries, please contact Megan Smith [email protected]

Coordinator: Hana Leithgoe [email protected]


See also

A guide to going south with British Antarctic Survey

Cruise Participants’ handbook

Winter teams letters