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Leadership at Sea

Leadership At Sea is a blend of classroom and experiential learning focusing on leadership development, team building, and seamanship.

The course features sailing in the Bahamas aboard the tall mast schooner Liberty Clipper. The goal of the course is to elevate the students’ ability to form and work in teams, apply leadership skills in a new environment, learn to sail, and experience life at sea. The course will begin with campus-based instruction on team building, communication, conflict management, the technical aspects of sailing and the history and culture of Nassau and the Bahamas. This will be followed by five days in Nassau that include the following:

  1. Meeting with officials at the American Embassy and Bahamian Government.

  2. Meeting with faculty and students at the College of the Bahamas.

  3. Participating in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and Marathon Bahamas (run or staff water stations).

  4. Completing a historical tour of Nassau.

  5. Touring a major cruise liner and meeting with officers.

We will then set sail for a week exploring the Bahamas Out Islands. The Liberty Clipper, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed 125’ gaff-rigged schooner, will serve as our leadership laboratory enabling students to rotate through ship positions and attend sessions with captain and crew. While at sea, the itinerary includes small island/town exploration, kayaking, snorkeling, and small craft sailing (


Course Details

Leadership at Sea is a three-credit hour class limited to 20 students (Schooner’s capacity). The estimated cost of $4000 includes round-trip airfare to Nassau, hotel accommodations in Nassau, the week aboard the Liberty Clipper, and some meals. The course is open to all Drake undergraduate students with enrollment priority to LEAD, Adams Academy, and Pharmacy SLDS students.

LEAD 110 - Leadership at Sea
Estimated Cost: $4000

Credits: 3 credit hours
Global & Cultural Understanding AOI

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