BAS Handbook for Antarctic Visitors
A Guide to Going South with the British Antarctic Survey
This Handbook is provided to all participants in the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Antarctic programme. It aims to provide some background to the environment and organisation within which you will be working, outline some of the steps that you need to take before travelling and answer the most commonly asked questions about living and working in the Antarctic.
Accompanying handouts will be provided giving the latest practical information, and a list of sources for further information is given at the end of the Handbook.
Much of the information given here is repeated or amplified at the annual Antarctic Pre-deployment Training Course in September. During this course there will be films, lectures and discussions to introduce you to BAS and the Antarctic. It also provides an opportunity for you to meet the people with whom you will be going South and members of Cambridge staff. There are some practical matters that you need to consider before the training course; please make sure you read straight away the sections on Basic Preparations, Packing for the Antarctic and Health and Safety, and that you make any necessary arrangements in good time.
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