Guide Endorsement Criteria


Polar Expedition Guides typically, but not exclusively, guide in Antarctica/South Pole, Greenland and in other land-ice regions such as Svalbard and the Canadian Arctic. Some guides also have specialist skills such as sea ice expeditions, mountaineering, polar snowkiting and dogsledding, as indicated on their profile.

A Polar Expedition Guide applicant must:

  1. have completed land-ice expeditions, predominantly polar, totalling 1000km with at least one continuous land-ice travel duration of 20 days minimum.
  2. not exceed 30% of the total duration and/or distance of expedition experience as a client.
  3. have outdoor guiding, teaching, instructing or leadership experience totalling 100 days with 40% conducted on ice, 20 days of which must be as lead guide, and including at least one continuous on-ice travel duration of 20 days minimum. A minimum of 50% of this experience must be in a civilian guiding setting (may not include military, government or scientific leadership).
  4. have completed an approved Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue training course and accumulated 20 days practical experience traveling over crevassed terrain.
  5. have completed an approved Firearms Safety training course or military service firearms training.
  6. have completed an approved wilderness first aid course and make every endeavour to be current in wilderness first aid techniques, in particular cold weather ailments and injuries, and to recognise the legal responsibilities, if any, in his/her country of residence.
  7. provide three professional references to validate the applicant's resume, leadership competencies and duty of care. Only one of these may come from within your current place of employment

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