Field safety course

Greenland Guidance offers a course that can help you and your team members stay safe in Greenland and other polar regions. Are you organising a camp-based science campaign on a glacier or ice sheet? Or are you going to traverse an ice sheet in a sports expedition? Or will you be undertaking day-trips on foot or by helicopter, for work or for fun? We can instruct your team on making the safest choices in situations of extreme weather, animal attack, and traitorous terrain.

Glaciers and ice sheets are dangerous places. Temperatures can drop far below freezing, and winds can be brutal. Crevasses can be hiding underneath a thin layer of snow, and polar bears may approach when you least expect them to. These are not conditions that humans thrive in. Besides, the emergency services may be hours or even days away, depending on the weather conditions. One wrong decision can mean the difference between life and death. A thorough preparation is everything.

We provide a field safety course for groups spending time on ice. The course covers the theory on how to stay safe on glaciers and ice sheets, and revolves around making the right decisions in potentially dangerous settings. These settings include extreme weather, whiteout conditions, crevasses, and interaction with wildlife, but also less obvious “killers” like slush avalanches and snowmobile accidents. During the course we emphasise the importance of communication within the team and with the outside world, and even touch upon practical matters, such as which clothes are needed, and how to dry them at below-freezing temperatures.

The field safety course is modular, meaning that we finetune its contents to the needs of the course-takers. The course can take place at the location most convenient for you. Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more!