The course will focus on the challenges of cruising to Svalbard, but also include information on other northern destinations including Greenland, Newfoundland, Labrador, Baffin Island and Iceland.
Subjects covered will include:
- Boat preparation.
- Heavy weather tactics.
- Crew training and preparation including clothing and safety gear.
- Weather reception and analysis.
- Ice information sources and analysis.
- Anchorage selection and anchoring.
- Navigation in the high latitudes.
- Provisioning and provision availability in the areas covered.
- Polar bear safety.
- Environmental concerns.
- Culture and language.
- Customs, immigration and other rules and regulations.
- Difficulty, rewards, and risk levels associated with each of the northern high latitude cruising destinations covered.
Rather than teaching you what to do in every case, which is simply not practical in a two day course, we will focus on helping you to recognize and respond to risks to your boat and crew at an early stage, as they develop and before they become dangerous. As part of this process, the instructors will present scenarios, based on their own experience, for participant discussion and analysis.
Plenty of time will be allocated for questions and discussion and, in addition, John, Phyllis and Ivar will be available outside of the course time for one on one meetings.
Help With Insurance
By the way, the original idea for this course came from Ivar’s discussions with Pantaenius, his insurance underwriter and the company that has insured Morgan’s Cloud for some 17 years and almost all of our high latitude expeditions. We certainly can’t guarantee anything, but the impression Ivar and I were left with was that completion of this course will be looked on favourably by Pantaenius if you are applying for coverage for a high latitude voyage.
This course has come and gone, but you can read about how it went and register as interested in future course here.