||This course had two main components. About half of our time was spent learning practical skills we would need on the ship (navigation, knots, etc.) while the rest of our time was spent studying leadership styles and group dynamics. As someone who has never sailed before, I found the practical skills to be much more challenging and useful. The leadership material was necessary, but I wish we had spent less time on it. We certainly made use of our location once out at sea, applying the skills we had been learning in a real-world/hands-on scenario. I'd say that I participated in this class more than I would have at Middlebury because, in the classroom the teacher called on us at random and because, once we were out at sea, we had no choice but to apply what we had learned in order to keep our ship and shipmates safe. We were assessed via three "case-study" papers, homework assignments, participation, and a practical examination.