Polar Guiding

Thomas on a typical day in the Northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica.

Thomas on a typical day in the Northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica.

With a combined total of 156-days living and working on the Antarctic continent, spread over three summers working on Australian Antarctic Division sponsored projects, my skill set includes:

  • highly-developed situational awareness

  • proven decision-making ability in the field

  • extensive experience living and working in tented camps in remote settings, without immediate air support

  • extensive experience working in the cold (temperatures to -20 Celsius and winds to 40+ knots)

  • logistical and day-to-day safety support for scientific researchers

  • proven communication skills with people from diverse backgrounds (Station Leaders, pilots, scientists and trades people)

  • comprehensive reporting and photography skills

Thomas, in blue beanie and red jacket, driving a Zodiac with passengers in rising winds and swell, Antarctic Peninsula.

Thomas, in blue beanie and red jacket, driving a Zodiac with passengers in rising winds and swell, Antarctic Peninsula.

Since working as an Assistant Expedition Leader in Svalbard and the Canadian Arctic, I have 7-months guiding experience in the Arctic. My polar tourism skill set includes:

  • providing day-to-day operational and logistical assistance to Expedition Leaders

  • providing safety briefings to 100+ passengers

  • managing shore-based landings, including group safety

  • managing a team of firearm handlers and being a firearm handler

  • working safely in polar bear country

  • Zodiac driving in all conditions, from open ocean swells, to surf landings, to 30 knot winds

  • providing on-board lectures / presentations


Polar Guiding Experience

Guide & Zodiac Driver on the Clipper Adventurer for Quark Expeditions. Locations included: Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Duration: 8-weeks.

Assistant Expedition Leader on the Akademik Ioffe for Peregrine. Locations included: Newfoundland and Labrador Coast; Baffin Island; the high Canadian Arctic; the North-West Passage and the west coast of Greenland. Duration: 4-months.

Assistant Expedition Leader on the Akademik Sergei Vavilov for Peregrine. Locations included: Svalbard, Iceland and the east coast of Greenland. Duration: 3-months.

Field Leader of a three-person sampling team, running a Lake Limnology sampling project in the Framnes Mountains, Antarctica. Supported by the Australian Antarctic Division. 65-days living and working in Antarctica.

Field Guide supporting a Climate Change Researcher in a deep field camp in the Northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica. Supported by the Australian Antarctic Division. 49-days living in a deep field camp (70-days on the continent).

Field Assistant on a geomorphological field sampling survey in the Vestfold Hills, Antarctica. Supported by the Australian Antarctic Division. 42-days living and working in Antarctica.


Vessels I’ve Worked On:

The Clipper Adventurer with Quark Expeditions.

The Akademik Ioffe with Peregrine.

The Akademik Sergei Vavilov with Peregrine

The Aurora Australis with the Australian Antarctic Division.


certifications

I am currently gaining and/or refreshing the common certifications required by the majority of polar cruise companies. Below is a summary of where I am currently at.

Valid certifications

RYA Powerboat Level 2

New Zealand Firearm License

Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate

First Aid NZQA | Unit Standards - 6400 Manage first aid; 6401 Provide first aid and 6402 Provide resuscitation. I have previously completed three Leaders Wilderness First Aid courses.

certifications I am booked in for

Maritime Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Certificate (MRROC) | Scheduled completion May 2019

STCW Seafarer Security Awareness | Scheduled completion June 2019

Marine Medical | Schedule completion June 2019