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
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.
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.
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