Nautic7 Experiential Training sailing-based activities to assess and improve team performance and team excellence. By its very nature, sailing exercises address a number of the competencies. But during our initial discussions, we can specify the skills and team dynamics that can benefit from our sailing exercises.
Our sailing-based, team-building exercises usually follows a two-day program. Along with practical experiences on the water, we conduct classroom-based theory training to ensure that the lessons learned through sailing are applied back in the workplace.
1. Facilitated Theory:
The facilitated theory (if applicable) would be conducted in the classroom prior to the commencement of the boat-based activities. It could cover a number of the following segments depending on the structure of the program, the requirements of the client and the facilitator's expertise and experience:
- Team Effectiveness
- Team Roles
- Team Leadership
- Team Competencies
- Emotional Intelligence
- Individual Personalities
- Team Strategy
- Team Values
- Team Analysis
Prior to boarding a boat, participants need to have the basic requirements to sail the boat. While there will always be a trained skipper on board, sailing the boat will be the responsibility of the participants once they have been orientated. The skipper will only intervene if absolutely necessary. These basics include:
- Basic Terminology
- Basic Sailing Techniques
- Points of Sailing
- Tacking and Gibing the boat
- Rules of the Road
3. Choice of Activities:
The facilitator will choose the activities to be conducted based on the criteria listed in the above section.
4. Briefing re Activity:
Either the sailing instructor/skipper and/or the facilitator will brief the participants on the precise details of the exercise to be conducted.
5. Conduct Exercise:
Participants are required to conduct exercises as briefed without the assistance of the skipper and facilitator. Questions may be asked and the skipper/facilitator will determine whether or not to provide the answer to the participants, depending on the nature of the question.
6. Team Feedback:
After completing (successful or not) an exercise, the facilitator will provide the team with feedback based on his/her observations gathered during the activity. This will relate to general and specific team performance issues. The instructor/skipper may also contribute feedback.
7. Team WLC Log:
The team members in conjunction with the facilitator will prepare their Win, Learn, Change Log.
8. Group Debrief:
After mooring the boats for the day, there will be a group debriefing session during which each team/boat will present their WLC Logs to the other teams. Similarities and differences are noted and particular emphasis is given to what the participants need to do differently in order to ensure success during the additional activities to be conducted the next day.
9. Additional Exercises:
The additional exercises, one or many, will provide the teams with an opportunity to practice their WLC from the 1st day's activities in a secure environment. The exercises chosen will either repeat the objectives and/or set new challenges for the teams.
During these exercises steps 4 -7 above are repeated.
10. Program Debrief:
At the end of the program there is a debriefing of all the learning that has taken place and how these will be applied back in the workplace. The participants on an individual and/or team basis do this.
11. Workplace Follow-up:
The facilitator will conduct a follow-up in the workplace at agreed times to monitor the implementation of the WLC logs.
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