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Guide Safety Checklist

IPGA Guides are expected to conduct expeditions safely and are encouraged to consider the following checklist in their planning and implementation:

Operations Manual Complete a comprehensive Operations Manual that coordinates you and your support team in the event of an emergency
Support Network Ensure you have an off-ice support network whom can be relied on for communications and emergency response
Inform Clients Ensure clients are adequately informed of the realities of a polar expedition
Client Medical Information Collect medical histories and information from all clients and carry this information on the expedition 
Medical Kit Carry a polar-dedicated comprehensive medical kit with in-date medicines
Current Wilderness First-Aid Ensure that you are current in wilderness first-aid practices  
Client Clothing and Equipment Check suitability, quality and condition of client clothing and equipment prior to departure 
Final Checklist Complete a final master checklist prior to departure to ensure nothing is left behind
Well Maintained Equipment Maintain your equipment so that it performs adequately for intended intended purpose and duration
Repair Kit Carry a well-stocked repair kit that covers predictable malfunctions and breakages
Storage of Stove Fuel Store stove fuel in robust and leakproof containers 
Use of Stoves Ensure your clients are informed and skilled in the safe and efficient operation of camp stoves
Avoid Tent Fire Ensure tents and stoves are organised and used in a way that minimises the chance of tent fire
Communications Carry appropriate communications devices and backups
Navigation Carry appropriate maps, compasses and GPS and set correct map datum and conventions 
Power Ensure you have adequate power to operate communications and navigation devices for the expedition duration
Campsite Selection Select safe campsites, considering drift, crevasses, wind, wildlife and aircraft, and mark boundaries if movement is restricted
Polar Travel Skills Ensure your skills are current for the environment you are operating in
Weather Forecasting Be vigilant for changes in weather and act accordingly and swiftly in the event of severe weather
Extreme Conditions Ensure your clients are adequately supervised during extreme ice, weather, and wildlife events
Aircraft Operations Ensure your clients follow the recognised procedures pertaining to the aircraft you are flying with