Following nearly two years of development, Advanced On-the-Water Leader Skills Training (AOWLS) is now available to Sea Scout leaders. This program models how adult leaders can step back from the helm, set performance expectations for the youth in their unit, and safely conduct an effective Sea Scout program underway. The course models the methods and objectives of delivering the Sea Scout program while underway (long cruise), and to teach adult leaders how to support youth as they advance in rank, prepare for SEAL, and conduct quartermaster cruises. It is taught at the council level. Multiple councils can host a “cluster” course if a qualified instructor is not available. Contact your Regional Commodore if you need help finding a qualified instructor.
The AOWLS course is meant to follow IOWLS, Introduction On-the-Water Leader Skills, which provides leaders the resources and on-the-water skills necessary to assist Sea Scouts in achieving Ordinary rank. The Instructor Guide and Course materials are available online.
Collectively, IOWLS and AOWLS replace Seabadge Underway.