Leaders aren't born, they're forged.
This 10-day at-sea program develops leadership and team skills aboard the living laboratory of the Windward Spirit.
In 1996, the National Sea Scout Committee created an advanced leadership course called Sea Scout Experience 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. Few other media offer the opportunity for young people to actually put leadership skills 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.
SEAL was one of the hardest, most grueling challenges I've ever put myself in the position to experience. However, as I've never been one to back down from a challenge, the takeaway from this adventure is one that I've found is invaluable to me.
- Regan Stigall, 2017 Graduate