OUR ACCREDITED PROVIDER COMPANIES
An Accredited Provider company is vetted by the PTGA for its staff training and development systems. It uses the PTGA Workplace-Based Assessment system, collaborates on training initiatives and resources, aims to have more than 80% of their staff as qualified Polar Guides with PTGA status and actively encourages Continual Professional Development. An Accredited Provider may use their PTGA status for marketing and we have a proud and active team:
Polar Latitudes – Polar Latitudes focuses on delivering a highly personalized small ship experience, with a strong emphasis on individualized attention and ship-wide comradery, while sharing our founding passion for the Antarctic environment. As the first company to endorse and join PTGA, they are committed to delivering the highest level of safety, expertise, and the overall excellence of their expedition teams and crew.
Silversea Expeditions – Silversea is a cruise company that reflects generations of maritime and travel experience. In the early 1990s, the Lefebvre family of Rome conceived and organized a unique cruise company pledging to build and operate the highest quality ships in the ultra-luxury segment. The company’s first expedition ship debuted in June 2008, heralding the beginning of a new mode in exploration cruising – where the luxurious ambiance is just as important as an exotic and enriching itinerary. Silversea caters to the cosmopolitan world traveler and maintains branch officers in the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore. The company’s headquarters are based in Monaco.
Aurora Expeditions – Aurora Expeditions specialises in small-ship expedition-style voyages to the polar regions, to Latin America, Wild Scotland, the Norway coast, and the Kimberley coast of north-west Australia. An Australian company founded by acclaimed mountaineer Greg Mortimer and his adventurous wife Margaret Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017. Aurora Expeditions prides itself on the calibre of its Expedition Team, and its ethos of taking like-minded people to explore the world’s great wildernesses, always with care and safety at the forefront.
Intrepid Travel – An Australian company and independently-owned by the original founders, Intrepid Travel is now a collection of four tour operator brands and 21 destination management companies united by the vision of changing the way people see our planet. As the world’s largest travel B Corp and a carbon-neutral business since 2010, Intrepid is a world leader in responsible and purposeful travel. Intrepid is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference – by investing in local communities, human rights initiatives, wildlife conservation projects and setting science-based emission reduction targets. Through a robust carbon-offset initiative, an extensive onboard science program and partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund and Antarctic Science Foundation, Intrepid’s operation in Antarctica spearheads their commitment to going above and beyond responsibility, setting the stage for purposeful travel and ambassadorship. Intrepid prides themselves on a world-class team of expedition guides, striving to set the benchmark for safety and responsibility and to help forge new ground on industry-wide efforts to ensure that Antarctic tourism is conducted in the most safe and responsible way – for our guests, guides and the continent.
Antarctica21 – Antarctica21 pioneered the Antarctic Air-Cruise model. Motivated by a desire to make Antarctica accessible to travelers keen to avoid the Drake Passage, its founders pioneered the Antarctic air-cruise model in 2003. Since then, Antarctica21 has been the leader in this fast-growing segment of Antarctic tourism. As a boutique wilderness specialist, Antarctica21 designs and delivers adventurous yet comfortable small-scale expeditions to Antarctica. The aim is to offer guests a perfect balance between active exploration and high-quality hospitality for a trip of a lifetime. The Antarctica21 experience is created an international team of veteran Antarctic pilots, experienced sea captains, expert polar guides, academics, and seasoned travel professionals. Antarctica21 is a proud member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators.