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Do you fancy a job on a luxury expedition ship? Silversea has established a new leadership training academy aimed at recruiting and developing high-quality talent to join its expedition teams. Individuals interested in the programme should contact Silversea’s Manager of Expedition Product Support, Kit van Wagner, at [email protected].

Featured on every expedition voyage, expedition teams include some of the world’s most knowledgeable and experienced specialists in the areas of wildlife, biology, anthropology, geology, history, and more. The expedition team give lectures, run workshops, lead Zodiac trips, and guide nature walks, activities all designed to ensure an enriching experience for guests.

The multi-phase training initiative begins with remote skills development through webinar sessions focusing on various aspects of working as a Silversea expedition guide, including life at sea and guest relations. Practical experience will deal with the fundamentals of boat handling, first aid, and safety at sea courses and certification. Participants will be invited to train for approximately six weeks onboard the newly refurbished Silver Cloud when the ship joins the expedition fleet in mid-November for her first season in Antarctica.

Onboard Silver Cloud, core competencies will be further developed through intensive hands-on training. Attention will also be given to cross training in various academic disciplines, environmental and ecological knowledge, sustainability protocols and cultural sensitivity. Other skills will include boat handling, practical field first aid, and ‘how to guide’ training. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn from experienced expedition staff as well as additional educators who will be travelling onboard the vessel.

After successfully completing a tiered system of increasing responsibility, participants will have the opportunity to work the balance of the Antarctic season as members of the expedition team and, ultimately, on expedition voyages to other regions of the world.

“Our new leadership training academy underscores our commitment to exploring the world with the absolute best team of hand-picked experts to guide and enlighten our guests on expeditions,” said Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Vice President, Expedition Planning & Strategic Development. “The goal is to attract candidates who are knowledgeable and passionate, and prepare them for an exciting career working aboard a ship that will take them to amazing places where they will guide our guests in understanding the local history, culture and wildlife.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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