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Pre-Deployment Training 2021

Winter Pre-Deployment Training

If you are, Wintering at one of our Stations, going into the Deep field for the first time, or are a member of Halley’s Core Team you will be required to attend the Winter Pre-Deployment Training Course.

Elements of the training course 2021

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 White on [email protected] as soon as possible.

2021 Dates

Winter Pre-Deployment trainingTBCBAS Cambridge
Fire Extinguisher TrainingTBCBAS Cambridge
Oil Spill Response CourseTBCBAS Cambridge
Winter First Aid TrainingTBCBAS Cambridge
STCW Personal Survival TechniquesTBCTBC
Winter Teams Training WeekTBCDerbyshire


Course Venue

British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge: Maps and directions to BAS


Course Accommodation

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

The date you will need to arrive at Girton College is still to be confirmed.

Please enter via the Old Kitchens door and report to the Porter’s Lodge to sort out domestic arrangements.



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


Accommodation and Meals

All accommodation and meals will be provided during the period you are required to attend.


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 please ask at the Porters lodge for details (we recommend that you do not leave laptop computers or other valuables in bedrooms).


Travel to and from BAS and Girton

Girton is 1.2 miles from BAS and a 25-minute walk away.  Delegates are encouraged to walk to BAS together each day so should bring appropriate clothing.  If you are unable to do this please let us know as there will be limited parking available at BAS.


Winter First Aid Training

First Aid training is compulsory for people visiting stations and working in the deep field.

First Aid Training is provided immediately after the Antarctic Pre-Deployment Training Course. There are different attendance requirements for delegates according to their circumstances.


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 White [email protected]

Coordinator: Paula O’Sullivan [email protected]


See also

A guide to going south with British Antarctic Survey

Cruise Participants’ handbook

Winter teams letters