One of the unique things about visiting Antarctica on a ship like the Akademik Ioffe is the ability to actually land on the continent. Zodiacs make this possible.
Zodiacs allow passengers to be taken to locations not accessible by other types of vessels. Our landings at Yankee Harbor and Half Moon Bay gives us a good exposure to zodiac operations.
For safety reasons, there is a minimum amount of standing in the zodiac and most movement is done with a butt slide. A fully loaded zodiac can become quite cozy.
With calm seas it's a fast ride back to the Ioffe where we are unloaded one at a time with backpacks on and both hands free. Only three passengers are allowed on the gangway at a time.
Once back on board it's a quick decontamination of our boots and any other items that may have come in contact with the continent during our landing.
Then we re-enter the Mud Room where another important step is suppose to be completed.
Here, we must turn our own tag so that the crew is aware of our status.
Green on board, Red still ashore.
Announcements are made not by name but in general for those who have forgotten to turn their tags. I think these will become less frequent as we all get accustomed to the process.
A procedure in place to make sure “No Adult Get Left Behind”.