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Field Course - Antarctic Pre-Deployment Training Course

Field Course Form

If you have been asked to attend a Field Course, please download and fill in the Field Course Form and return as soon as possible to:

Course Summary

The course has several functions:

  • Initial training and familiarisation in the key skills required for living and working off base in the Antarctic such as campcraft, navigation, search and rescue techniques, glacier travel techniques (where appropriate).
  • Equipment familiarisation
  • The chance to work closely with and get to know your fellow winterers and other staff

This is a foundation course only and you will receive further training when you are south.

Field Course Programme

Programme for Participants

Accommodation, Equipment and Catering


We will provide tented accommodation for the duration of the course as well as sleeping bags and camping mats. If you prefer to bring your camping equipment then please feel free to do this.

Boots and waterproofs

If you require these items please give details on the Field Course Form which should be completed and returned as soon as possible by all those invited to attend the Field Course.


We will be cooking on site and food will be provided


Thornbridge Outdoors

Great Longstone
DE45 1NY

Travel to the Field Course

BAS will provide transport to and from the field course or you can make your own way there if it is easier for you to travel home after the course.

Travelling by BAS minibus

A minibus will leave Girton College at 0800 on Sunday 21st September 2014. Please indicate on the Field Course Form if you require transport from Girton.

Please leave your cars and additional luggage at BAS Cambridge. We recommend additional luggage is stored in BAS Cambridge. Do not leave any valuables in your vehicles and ensure you leave keys with the security guard.

Arrival and Departure Times

The course starts at 1300 on Sunday 21st September and all participants need to be onsite by this time.  The course finishes on the morning of Wednesday 24th September and the same transport is provided for your return, normally arriving at BAS, Cambridge by mid-afternoon.


Simon Garrod
Field Operations Manager
01223 221460

Information for Field Assistants

Field Assistants will leave Cambridge on Saturday 20th September 2014 at 0900 and will have a day's familiarisation with the equipment before other Field Course participants arrive on Sunday. All Field Assistants are expected to act as instructors on the course, but newly recruited Field Assistants will be teamed with experienced ones when instructing.