This season’s survival training is well underway at Casey. Survival training is conducted by our Field Training Officers (FTOs) who are extremely experienced in Antarctic travel and survival. All expeditioners need to be qualified in survival to ensure that if required, they can take steps to protect themselves and others from the severe Antarctic elements, until assistance arrives.
Training consists of navigation tuition, sea ice testing and preparing shelters. During the training, several enormous icebergs have been spotted off the coast, which compliment the beautiful views from the Bailey Peninsula.
Expeditioners also spent a night camped out in a bivvy bag as part of the training, in order to replicate an emergency situation. This week the survival training team put extra effort into their shelter by creating a crooked but sturdy igloo. The whole team contributed to its construction, the only issue being the inaccuracy of the snow block sizes — caused by the absence of a tape measure. What the igloo lacked in external visual appeal, it more than made up for in the beautiful blue light that was transmitted through the snow blocks, which lit up the inside.