TEAM SELECTION IN ANTARCTICA
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
A number of memoirs about journeys to Antarctica commence with or recall "for as long as I can remember I dreamed of travelling to Antarctica'. Antarctica, Terra Australis Incognita or Antarktikos have held humans captivated as the inhospitable white continent surrounded by deep, dark stormy seas for all of human history. So how do you get to visit Antarctica? And why would you visit? Who and how you want to experience Antarctica will determine how and why you visit. As a tourist, you will part with large quantities of money and be in the hands of your guides and Antarctica. As a modem day explorer or adventurer you will part with really large quantities of money and will be in the hands of sponsors, organisations, politics and Antarctica. Or you can visit Antarctica as a participant of one of the National Antarctic Programmes, either in a paid capacity, as a volunteer or as a participant of an art/education/writers program. In this capacity you will be in the hands of the National Antarctic Program, a scientific base, organisation, politics and Antarctica. Note that any way that you visit Antarctica; you will always be in Antarctica's hand. Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest and coldest content and those that select to visit and work in Antarctica must exhibit certain characterisations, attitudes and the ability to adapt and survive. This report will introduce the reasons why and who goes to Antarctica and the criteria an Antarctican must fulfil to be selected to work and live in Antarctica. The selection process used by Scott, Shackleton and Mawson from the heroic period and today's selection process for Antarctica New Zealand will be explained. The final section will be a general overview of how the selection process is important in regards to the "assembly effects" and well-being while on the ice.