LYC Hosted the Sea Experience Advanced Leadership TrainingSix candidates traveled from all over Texas and Alabama to participate in this year’s Sea Experience Advanced Leadership (SEAL) Training hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club. The training is the highest-level National Sea Scout Leadership course. The candidates were selected from around the nation to attend a course in one of five locations: Long Island Sound, Seattle, Newport Beach, Chesapeake Bay, and of course Galveston Bay. The scouts are expected to have basic seamanship skills prior to arrival.
Team building, planning and preparing, goal setting, and problem solving are just a few of the modules that candidates were taught. After each module, the students were given an immediate opportunity to apply the learned skills. For example, after discussing problem solving, the candidates worked as a group to design a menu for a 7-day cruise with 3 meals a day plus an afternoon snack, while considering the appropriate number of calories, shopping list with prices, and the appropriate balance in meta categories (protein, carbohydrates, fats). Each day one of the crew members was selected to be in charge as the ship boatswain, one was navigator, and they sailed a course they planned. They had to cook their own meals, clean and prepare the boat to get underway and get to class on time. They were evaluated on their leadership skills and in motivating and training their crew. They worked together so that each one earned 800 or more of 1000 possible points to be awarded their individual SEAL twin dolphins. Each day was full of various activities, lessons and sessions. The daily schedule can be found here.
The expectation is that at the end of the week, candidates will have experienced being part a high-performing team, realize what they are truly capable of, and that they will have developed the leadership and team-building skills that they will need to go back home and lead their ship (Sea Scout unit) to better and greater program and opportunities.
Photos by Skipper Rob Freas.