Silversea will be launching a new expedition training academy in which they will be focusing on leadership skills and new recruitment program for their expedition cruises.
The training academy will be made up of a multi-phase program which will cover a whole host of topics including remote skills development. This will be done through a series of webinar sessions which will also focus on what it will be like to work as a Silversea expedition guide in terms of life at sea and guest relations.
Candidates will also experience practical assessment though key areas such as boat handling, first aid and safety at sea course. They will then continue their training on board Silver Clous when she joins the expedition fleet in November and they will spend six weeks on board as she heads to Antarctica.
Once on board, candidates will be tested upon their core competencies and will these will be developed with further intensive training. These will be complimented with various aspects such as academic disciplines, environmental and ecological knowledge and also sustainablilty protocols and training in cultural sensitivity. Experienced expedition staff will guide the candidates though the training process along with additional assistance for educators in that field.
Once the candidates have successfully completed their course, they will then have the opportunity to work the remainder of the season in Antarctica as expedition team members and then they can progress on to other expedition voyages to other regions of the world.
Aboard Silver Cloud, core competencies will be further developed through intensive hands-on training, the company said.
Speaking to Cruise Industry News, Conrad Combrink, Vice President of Expedition Planning and Strategic Development, said:
“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. 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.”
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 aboard the newly refurbished Silver Cloud when the ship joins the expedition fleet in mid-November for her first season in Antarctica.
Launched in 1994, Silver Cloud was the first ship in the Silversea fleet. For her transition to luxury expedition vessel, she will undergo a multi million refurbishment program between August and October whereby interior changes will see the creation of an observation lounge, new teak flooring, upholstery and lighting in La Terrazza and new carpet and upholstery in The Restaurant. Silver Cloud will also benefit from the addition of a new gym with Technogym equipment. There will also be changes to the exterior of the ship, with her hull to be strengthened in order for her to sail in Polar waters. Guest capacity will be 260 for non polar regions whilst expeditions to the Polar will be 200 so as everyone on board can disembark at the same time to explore the regions.
Source: Cruise Industry News/Silversea
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