The Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership (SEAL) training program is designed to teach leadership skills while underway. SEAL is designed to “jump start” the youth leaders of new Ships and to fine tune
leaders of experienced ships. It is a physically and mentally demanding, and remarkably rewarding hands-on leadership experience. Sea Scouts will succeed at SEAL so long as they are willing to learn and work hard at preparation.
2020 SEAL Applications
Dates are TBD for Application. Additional courses will be offered in 2020.
- Achieve Ordinary rank by June 1st the year of the course
- Apply leadership skills with their ship after the course.
Before Students Arrive
The student will:
- Prepare an outline of “Chapter 4” of the Sea Scout Manual to be forwarded to the course’s Skipper for evaluation.
- Know basic nomenclature of a sailing vessel.
- Know and be able to perform basic coastal navigation.
- Be able to tie all knots required for Apprentice and Ordinary ranks in less than three minutes.
- Know standard helm commands.
Two practice tests are sent to the applicant’s Skipper prior to the course that cover seamanship covered in “Chapter 4” of the Sea Scout Manual and basic coastal navigation. The student’s performance on these practice tests helps the student know better how to prepare for the course.
History and Purpose
In 1996, the National Sea Scouting Committee created a new youth leadership course called Sea Scout Advanced Leadership (SEAL) training. The course is designed to develop leadership skills in young adults. Seamanship is the medium through which the course is taught; however, nautical skills are the means, not the end. This course, which utilizes an “at sea” experience as a laboratory, is intended to teach and apply leadership skills. There are few other media offering the opportunity for young people to actually put leadership skills utilizing group dynamics into practice. In SEAL, there is no “play acting.” All situations and tasks are real, not created. Bad decisions or team failure can produce immediate and real problems.
This week long “at sea” experience allows the student to learn and apply new skills immediately. Courses consist of five to seven youth with a Course Skipper and two instructors. Each instructional module relates to a specific leadership skill with exercises designed to show mastery of the concepts taught while under the leadership of the boatswain of the day. SEAL is NOT a seamanship course. All applicants are expected to have basic seamanship skills prior to arrival.
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