Field training is conducted by AAD field training officers (FTOs) during predeparture training in Tasmania, and is continued following arrival in Antarctica. It covers all aspects of living safely in the Antarctic/subantarctic environment, with particular emphasis on survival skills.

Expeditioners are trained in common core competencies including:

  • Use and care of clothing and field equipment
  • Field trip procedures
  • Survival techniques
  • Self-rescue
  • Basic navigation
  • Radio procedure
  • Safety around stations & aircraft
  • Environmental responsibilities

Additional specialist training is provided according to work requirements. They include topics such as:

  • Living in field huts
  • Camping
  • Sea-ice travel
  • Glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • GPS navigation
  • Over-snow vehicle travel
  • Remote area communication and power systems