What does it take?
Contrary to popular belief, so called "qualifications" are not the route to becoming a great instructor. Hard skills, such as technical know-how, have to be excellent and such knowledge forms the basis of a good start but alongside that comes experience. The ability to paint-a-picture, drawn from personal experience puts perspective and reality, forefront in the participants mind. Most important, though, is your attitude and personality and your ability to convey the right things in the right way and at the right time. Supportive, empathetic and appropriately assertive.
"I can tell you and you will forget. I can show you and you might forget. If I involve you, you will always remember." Lao Tsu
Navigation, Ropework, Search & Rescue, Communications, Electronics, Safety, Teamwork, Leadership, etc. You will learn every aspect of our syllabus, not only verbatim but also in relationship to different contexts and environments.
Sitting on my shoulder, as I train others and then, me sitting on your shoulder, as I give you the opportunity to train others, you will learn for yourself what works and what doesn't - with a bit of guidance...
If you are receptive, I will teach you all I know. That's a promise! And after 36 years of polar stuff and over 40 (I've stopped counting now) years of expeditioning, I've learnt a thing or two.
By the end of your internship you will have done a total of 34 days of intense training and instruction, starting in beautiful Dartmoor, south west of England and ending just 800 miles from the True North Pole in Svalbard.
Further Development & Opportunities
Some of you will go onto take a crucial part in what is arguably the last true world first in polar expeditioning - #LASTPOLE. Some of you will go on to do amazing things for yourself and others and I will always have an ear for your problems and/or your amazing stories. Some of you will stay with me and Ice Warrior, for the foreseeable future.