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Pre-Deployment Training 2024

Pre-Deployment Training 2024

You will be required to attend the 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)

Elements of the training course 2024

Training will run from 31st August – 15th September inclusive. There are different elements to the course and different attendance requirements for delegates according to their circumstances. Your invitation will clarify which elements you need to attend. 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 Rebecca Chisnall at baspdt@bas.ac.uk as soon as possible.

2024 Topics 

Courses Dates Location
Main Pre-Deployment Training 31st August – 6th September BAS Cambridge and Girton College
Rothera Winter Teams Training 6th – 8th September Thornbridge Outdoors, Derbyshire
KEP/BI Winter Teams Training 5th – 8th September Rhyd Ddu Outdoor Centre
BASMU First Aid Training 9th – 13th September Girton College
PST Training TBC BAS Cambridge and Girton College
Mental Health First Aid and Safeguarding Training 14th – 15th September BAS Cambridge and Girton College


Course Venue

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge: Maps and directions to BAS

Girton College, Cambridge: Maps and directions to Girton College.


Course Accommodation

Girton College, Cambridge: Maps and directions to Girton College.



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


Travel to and from BAS and Girton College

Girton is 1.2 miles from BAS and a 25-minute walk away.  Delegates are encouraged to walk. If you are unable to so please let us know as there is limited parking available at BAS.


Accommodation and Meals

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


Personal Survival Techniques

All BAS personnel and visitors engaged on a research cruise or who are transiting by ship to/from research stations will be required to hold a valid STCW 2010 (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping) Personal Survival Techniques (PST) certificate. Training for those in the Antarctic Employment Pool (AEP) will be organised by BAS during the Pre-Deployment training course.

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

Please note you will need to bring a form of photo ID and swimwear with you.


For general enquiries, please contact Rebecca Chisnall

Coordinator: Michaela Boak


See also

A guide to going south with British Antarctic Survey

Cruise Participants’ handbook


Winterer’s letters 2023


Rothera Welcome Letter


Bird Island