Published on November 7, 2007
SEAL – Sea Scout Advanced Leadership Training: SEAL – Sea Scout Advanced Leadership Training By Skipper George Hay Kain, III Sea Scout Ship Yorkshire, Ship 25, York, Pennsylvania National Sea Scouting Committee – Boy Scouts of America What Is SEAL?: What Is SEAL? Developed in 1996 by the National Sea Scout Committee as the Sea Explorer Advanced Leadership Course (SEAL) Acronym SEAL retained after 1998 name return of Sea Exploring to Sea Scouting A course designed to develop leadership skills in young adults What Skills Are Taught?: What Skills Are Taught? Planning Coordinating Commanding Delegating Preparing Implementing Training Skills Taught (Continued): Skills Taught (Continued) Supervising Motivating Problem-solving Communicating Counseling Evaluating Re-implementing How Are These Skills Taught?: How Are These Skills Taught? A week-long “at sea” experience is used as a learning laboratory Roughly six students to a boat with a Captain and two instructors This setting provides a unique opportunity to teach and apply skills immediately Bad decisions or team failure have real consequences What Is a Typical Day?: What Is a Typical Day? Each session is a short, guided, participatory discussion relating to a specific leadership skill Discussion is followed by an exercise related to the topic This is followed by actual implementation of the subject matter under the direction of the Boatswain-of-the-day All participants then evaluate the resulting performance What SEAL is NOT: What SEAL is NOT SEAL is NOT a seamanship course Applicants are expected to have their seamanship skills in hand BEFORE arrival There is no time to teach basic boating skills It is NOT a holiday or a recreational cruise What SEAL really IS: What SEAL really IS A “jump start” for junior leaders of new Ships A “tune up” for leaders from more experienced Ships A hard-core, tough, physically and mentally demanding experience What Should Students Know Beforehand?: What Should Students Know Beforehand? Study Chapter 4 of the Sea Scout Manual Outline the chapter in detail The outline must be forwarded to the SEAL Skipper beforehand, and is graded Know the basic nomenclature of a sailing vessel Be able to perform basic coastal navigation Be able to tie all the knots for Apprentice and Ordinary ranks Know standard helm commands Know the points of relative bearings Is the Applicant Ready?: Is the Applicant Ready? Two tests are sent to the applicant’s skipper to administer to the applicant prior to the course: Chapter 4 of the Sea Scout Manual Basic Coastal Navigation The results of these pre-tests remain within the applicant’s ship. Use them to see what the applicant needs to study in more detail What Is Basic Coastal Navigation?: What Is Basic Coastal Navigation? Setting a course Computing speed, time, and distances Computing compass error Obtaining a fix by two lines of position Plotting a Ded reckoning position Finding latitude and longitude from a chart Knowing the rules of the road Are There Other Requirements?: Are There Other Requirements? Applicant must be Ordinary by 1 June of the year of the course. Applicant does not have to Ordinary to apply Applicant must be Ordinary to begin course The best applicants are about 16 years of age, but there is no specific age requirement Applicant should have leadership potential within his or her ship Ideally a prospective Boatswain or Boatswain’s Mate What Does the SEAL Graduate Get Out of This?: What Does the SEAL Graduate Get Out of This? Mastery of the skills taught at SEAL will apply to the graduate’s ship, school, community, and job situations – virtually everything in life The coveted SEAL pin Opportunities to attend special post-SEAL events (varies from year to year) Rides on Aircraft Carriers and Submarines Trip to New Zealand to help with the America’s Cup Race Trip to England to interact with British Sea Scouts What Does Your Ship Get Out of This?: What Does Your Ship Get Out of This? A Sea Scout equipped with the management tools to fire up the ship’s program A Sea Scout ready to serve in a senior ship leadership position such as Boatswain or Boatswain’s Mate Cost, Locations, Dates: Cost, Locations, Dates Course cost varies from $125 to $175 plus transportation to and from the course location Past course locations have included: Chesapeake Bay Gulf Coast San Francisco Bay Ohio River, West Virginia Great Lakes Dates vary, but are over summer vacation, most often in July See National Sea Scout website for current offerings and application forms http://www.seascout.org/about/program/training_resources/seal.html Application Information: Application Information Applications are available for download from the National Sea Scout website Application deadline is 1 March each year The applicant lists his or her desired course locations in priority order If two applicants apply from the same ship, they should apply for different locations Send Your Best Sea Scouts to SEAL: Send Your Best Sea Scouts to SEAL You as the skipper will be glad you did The SEAL graduate will be glad you did, too Further Questions?: Further Questions? Contact the National SEAL Training Coordinator, Mr. Jim Elroy at [email protected] or Telephone 805-797-7900 Slide19: YES - GO FOR IT! SEAL?