Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership Training

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Sea Scout Experience
Advanced Leadership Training

SEAL pin
A silver pin with twin dolphins.
Worn on the uniform above the left pocket

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SEAL Training

Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership (SEAL) Training is a Sea Scout petty officer (youth) leadership training course offered by the Sea Scout Support Committee. It is an intensive, week-long leadership course conducted aboard ship at sea. Successful completion of SEAL Training allows the graduate to wear the SEAL Training Award, a silver pin with twin dolphins, on their uniform above the left pocket.



Noting a lack of sea scout-specific youth leadership training, the National Sea Scout Committee developed the Sea Explorer Advanced Leadership (SEAL) course in 1996. With the creation of Venturing in 1998, Sea Explorers were renamed Sea Scouts, the SEAL acronym was kept (now standing for Sea Scout Experience Advanced Leadership).


SEAL Training is intended to be a leadership course. While it is conducted on board an active sailing vessel, it is not intended that seamanship be taught. Students should have a thorough understanding of basic seamanship prior to the course.

Skills taught

  • Evaluation
  • Team Building
  • Leadership
  • Training
  • Communicating
  • Goal Setting
  • Planning & Preparing
  • Motivating
  • Managing, Supervising & Commanding
  • Counseling
  • Implementing & Re-Implementing
  • Problem Solving


  • 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.

See also

Related training

Advanced training

Youth (including Venturers and Sea Scouts under 21 years old)

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