Become an IPGA Guide


There is no easy path to becoming an IPGA Polar 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 are:

  • able to guide professionally in polar environments where surface travel over ice is the primary mode, and mountaineering skills are transitory in nature 
  • highly skilled in common-practice polar travel techniques 
  • able to manage and lead all aspects of an extended polar expedition 


IPGA guides possesses 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.

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