Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has established a new leadership training academy aimed at recruiting and developing high-quality talent to join its expedition teams. 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. They 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 6 weeks aboard the newly refurbished Silver Cloud when the ship joins the expedition fleet in mid-November for her first season in Antarctica.
Aboard 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 as well as further skills development which includes boat handling, practical field first aid, and “how to guide” training. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experienced expedition staff as well as additional educators that will be traveling on board 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.