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  • Locations: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: Drake applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2020 04/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/07/2020 01/25/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Drake Administered Housing Options: Cabin on a Ship, Hotel
Credit Type: Drake Credit Language of Instruction: English
Provider: Drake University Experiential Learning: Service-Learning
Program Description:

LEAD 110: Leadership at Sea  

Instructor: Chad Cardani-Trollinger
AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding
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 schooner Liberty Clipper. The goal of the course is to elevate one’s ability to navigate new environments (Nassau and a tall ship), learn new languages (culture language of Nassau and sailing terminology) and to work successfully in teams, follow and lead. We will discover and apply the Situational Leadership model to our time at sea and develop a language of leadership for effective communication aboard ship. We will spend one week on-campus followed by six days in Nassau. Our time in Nassau will include meeting with officials at the American Embassy and the Bahamian Government, meeting the first officers and tour a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, completing an historical tour of Nassau and attending a session with student leaders at the College of the Bahamas We will also participate in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and Marathon Bahamas (run or staff water stations). 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 while taking more ownership of all sailing-related tasks. While at sea, the itinerary includes small island exploration, kayaking, snorkeling, and small craft sailing (

Please consider the mental, emotional and physical challenges presented by this unique course:

  • Walking 3-8 miles per day
  • Lifting 25 pounds and over, and frequent climbing of ladders and ship rigging
  • Limited or no access to mainland resources and no access to wifi while at sea

Program Fee for 2020: $3,400. Airfare included.

*Registration preference will be given to LEAD students, students in Adams Academy, student leaders and students in college-specific leadership programs