The Texas Gulf Coast SEAL is under way this week with a class of 8 candidates, 1 from Florida, 1 from California and the rest from all corners of Texas – from Gulf Coast to Austin to Palestine to Amarillo. All have passed the navigation exam, one of the hardest parts of SEAL. Everyone is adjusting to SEAL, to life aboard and to handling a 40′ Kalik sloop.

Lakewood Yacht Club and Galveston Bay Sail and Power Squadron in Seabrook are generously hosting the course, based out of Lakewood Yacht Club. The weather has been excellent so far, and all are striving for excellence in an unfamiliar seascape. You can read more about the Sea Scout Training Vessel Sirly here.

This SEAL (Sea Scout Advanced Leadership training) is led by Skipper Rob Freas assisted by Mate Dona Hokanson, former National Boatswain Rachel West, and Southern Region Vice Commodore Adam Tunks. SEAL is the premier leadership training in Sea Scouts – SEAL is a course where leadership is not only taught, but practiced in real time in real pressure situations. You can read more about SEAL, including the requirements to attend here.

Follow the further adventure of the 2017 SEAL class on facebook here.