There is no easy path to becoming an IPGA Polar Expedition Guide. All of our current guides are professionals and have dedicated many years to becoming world-class expeditioners, guides and mentors. We are a growing community dedicated to the profession of guiding in polar ice environments and our guides actively contribute to our database of skills and practices.
IPGA guides possess a range of outstanding qualities and are able to perform a host of skills in a professional manner, including:
- assessment, selection and preparation of clients
- selection, procurement and modification of equipment suitable for polar activities in their speciality areas
- selection, procurement and preparation of food
- organise all aspects of polar expedition logistics in their speciality areas
- travel with skill, safety and confidence over any polar ice environment in their speciality areas
- advanced orientation and navigation skills with maps, compass, GPS etc.
- determine appropriate guide to client ratios
- anticipate, assess and mitigate environmental and other threats
- conduct wilderness first-aid, trauma and rescue procedures
- be competent in the use of firearms and communications equipment
- experienced with aircraft ground procedures
- provide contacts and relevant authorities with a comprehensive operations manual
- recognise and apply the unique skills demanded of civilian guiding and customer care
- display a duty of care towards clients
- respond competently to the leadership, motivational, social and emotional demands of a team
- consider all environmental aspects of a polar expedition
We welcome your interest in becoming a member and look forward to your contribution to the world of polar guiding.