AS-101 Arctic Survival and Safety (3 ECTS)

Helicopter rescue exercize during the UNIS safety course, January 2016. Photo: Frede Lamo/UNIS

ID:
AS-101
CREDITS:
3 ECTS
START DATE:
7 January 2019
END DATE:
12 January 2019
COURSE PERIOD:
Spring semester (January), annually.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
None
GRADE:
Pass/Fail
COURSE MATERIAL:
Hand-outs (Ca. 150 pages)
COURSE COSTS:
None
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
5/ – students
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
N/A
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Cannot be applied for

INSTRUCTORS:

Audun Tholfsen
Audun Tholfsen
Head Engineer – Operations and Field Safety

Course requirements:

Enrolment as a UNIS full semester (spring term) student.

Academic content:

The course is intended for students with little or no prior experience of life in the high Arctic. The course therefore focuses on conditions and risks you can expect to meet in Svalbard.

The course provides a thorough theoretical basis within several topics. It includes hands-on practice in a range of vital safety- and survival skills. The following topics are covered:

  • Risk scenarios in Svalbard – general safety precautions
  • Use of rifles and pyrotechnic flares to scare away polar bears
  • First aid, especially treatment and prevention of frost injuries
  • Navigation in Svalbard by map reading and compass, assisted by GPS
  • Use of communications systems including VHF radio, satellite phone and emergency beacons
  • Emergency equipment and setting up emergency camps
  • Sea ice behavior and rescue techniques
  • Glacier behavior and rescue techniques
  • Avalanche scenarios and rescue techniques
  • Laboratory and HSE (Health, safety and environment) matters

Learning outcome:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will have:

  • Basic knowledge of potential risk scenarios in Svalbard and the high Arctic
  • Knowledge of the Governor’s role, responsibility and authority in Svalbard, including the framework of environmental legislation of Svalbard
  • Knowledge of the HSE-system at UNIS

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will have:

  • Skills in handling a rifle and flare gun in a safe way
  • Skills in first aid and emergency response
  • Skills in navigation and use of communicative tools as GPS, VHF, satellite telephone
  • Rescue techniques on glaciers, sea ice and at avalanche sites

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Have skills in planning and accomplishing fieldwork and private trips under Arctic conditions
  • Be able to choose the correct type of clothing and equipment to their planned activity
  • Be able to recognize dangers in relation to polar bears, weather, avalanche, glaciers and sea ice and by doing so, be able to avoid accidents

Learning activities:

The course extends over 6 days.

Total lecture hours:  Ca. 20 hours.
Total exercise hours: Ca. 30 hours.
Excursion: 1 day

Compulsory learning activities:

Attendance at lectures and exercises. 
At least 80% attendance is required to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method
Percentage of final grade
 Practical outdoor group exercise  100%

 

Application deadline: This course cannot be applied for separately.

The course is only offered to enrolled spring semester students at UNIS and is mandatory for these students.


See course programme for 2018 (PDF)

Lectures, 2018:

Basic avalanche knowledge (PDF)
Clothing in the Arctic (PDF)
Cold weather survival (PDF)
Emergency camp (PDF)
Logistics and HSE (PDF)
Navigation and communication (PDF)
First aid (PDF)
Rifle handling and polar bear protection (PDF)
Safety on glaciers (PDF)
Sea ice (PDF)

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