Silversea Cruises launches new expedition training academy

Silversea Cruises launches new expedition training academy
Participants will spend six weeks training on Silver Cloud (Image: Silversea Cruises)

Silversea Cruises has launched a new leadership training academy aimed at recruiting and developing high quality professionals to join its shipboard expedition teams.

Featured on every expedition voyage, Silversea’s expedition teams include some of the world's most knowledgeable and experienced specialists in wildlife, biology, anthropology, geology, history, and more. The expedition team give lectures, run workshops and lead Zodiac trips, nature walks and other activities that are all designed to enrich the guest experience.

Silversea’s new multi-phase training academy enables potential expedition guides to remotely develop skills via webinar sessions, which will focus on aspects such as sea and guest relations.

Participants will also be invited to spend six weeks training with experienced expedition staff and educators onboard Silver Cloud when she returns from her refurbishment to join the expedition fleet in mid-November 2016. While onboard, they will undertake hands-on training to develop core competencies, such as the fundamentals of boat handling, first aid, and safety at sea. They will also be trained in various academic disciplines, environmental and ecological knowledge, sustainability protocols and cultural sensitivity.

Once they have successfully completed 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 of expedition planning and 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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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Wednesday, July 12, 2017