Antarctica 101

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Antarctica 101

<p>Antarctica remains firmly at the top of most travel bucket lists: but what is it really like to travel to the polar regions? Discover how when you go will affect what you see, the incredible

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Antarctica remains firmly at the top of most travel bucket lists: but what is it really like to travel to the polar regions? Discover how when you go will affect what you see, the incredible wildlife you’ll encounter from penguins to leopard seals and how accessible the region is (including the truth about the Drake Passage). The course covers everything from what to pack to which camera to take, what to consider when choosing an expedition operator, current IAATO restrictions, and how new technologies are making it easier than ever to discover the coldest, driest and windiest place on earth.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Brief Introduction to Polar Travel & Tourism to present day – Shackleton, The Race to the South Pole, and the first commercial tourist expedition in the 1960s, and the first polar tourist, and where things are with various expedition companies, new ships, activities and even Antarctica flights.
  • When to Travel – Describing the seasonal variations from November to March when polar travel is possible, how it will affect your landings and how what you see will varying from pupping season and laying eggs to chicks hatching and the ice opening up new sites (or blocking them!)
  • Accessibility – What the Drake Passage is really like, seasickness, the medical requirements, what support is on board medically, how hard it is to get on and off pandas, bad weather and physical demands- how fit do you need to be?
  • Operators - Expedition travel and finding the operator that is right for you- ship culture, citizen scientists, different vessels, new technologies and types of activities on offer, time spent, fly in/out options, new ships, passenger numbers and how this can impact your trip
  • Landing site – An overview of the various landing sites from the South Shetland Islands to South Georgia and what to expect from each, including popular sites like Deception Island, the Penguin Post Office at Port Lockroy, and what happens in peak season or bad weather (hint: be ready for things to change!) and the guidelines and restrictions set by IAATO
  • What to pack – How to dress to stay warm, the gear you’ll use and not use, biosecurity, temperatures and packing hints and tips- and why you might want to switch your phone off.
  • What you might see – From iceberg to wildlife, shipwrecks and research bases
  • Photography – Why the best camera is the one you’ll actually use, DSLR photography, protecting your camera against the sea and snow, how to take good photos, current IAATO recommendations regarding drones, and what to consider if you’re buying a new camera.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Confidentially be prepared to undertake an Antarctic expedition.
  2. Have an understanding of the seasonability and nature of expedition travel.
  3. What to take and how to pack.
  4. Have a context of the history of polar travel.