Scuba Leadership Expedition (Bahamas) | 1.5 Academic Credits

by Leadership Programs


Sat, Apr 1, 2023 8:00 AM –

Fri, Apr 7, 2023 11:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Scuba Leadership Expedition 

During the Johnson Scuba Leadership Expedition , students will travel to the Bahamas  where they’ll test and enhance their leadership skills in an unpredictable, challenging, and dynamic wilderness environment: the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

What will students learn on the Johnson Scuba Leadership Expedition? 

  • the experience of ambiguity and adversity;
  • the chance to make decisions with incomplete, inconclusive, and/or conflicting information;
  • the responsibility of assuming  responsibility for a group; and,
  • the benefit of receiving real-time feedback and coaching on their leadership efforts.

In short, this is a chance to practice, rather than just talk about, real leadership.

What is the Scuba Expedition Experience?
For the duration of the experience, students will be live on a dedicated boat and participate in dives with their expedition team. If you join us, you will be able to practice your leadership and followership in an unknown and challenging environment and will receive feedback on your efforts. 

 Leadership ProgramsHow do Johnson Leadership Expeditions support student development?

Leadership Expeditions are a chance to leave Ithaca and dig in, full-time, to your leadership development. Expeditions are designed to give students the opportunity to go through the Johnson leadership Learning cycle of instruction, experience, and review multiple times during an intense, immersive experience.

Expedition Logistics
Dates: April 1-7, 2023. 
Students must be on the boat by noon on April 1, but are encouraged to arrive the day before (i.e., no later than March 31) when we plan to have a group meal in the late afternoon or evening.  The expedition ends on April 7. Dates are not flexible. 

Required Expedition Sessions: You must be available for pre-and post-expedition sessions in order to participate. The pre-expedition sessions will include dive time in the pool as welll as leadership content; post-expedition sessions will be leadership content only. These sessions will occur during the spring semester of 2023: pool time early in the semester, pre-expedition workshop in early to mid-March, and post-expedition session about a week after the trip to the Bahamas. 

Eligibility: The expedition is open to all Johnson residential Ithaca-based MBAs who have not been on another Leadership Expedition. MBAs are only eligible to participate in one Leadership Expedition.  This program is not open MBA Exchange students. 

Academic Credit: Students will earn 1.5 academic credits for completion. 

Scuba Certification: You must either obtain your open-water scuba certification as part of the pre-expedition and check-out process during the expedition (additional $300 cost), or provide proof of your certification. If you are not yet certified, you will earn your certification during the expedition by completing the pre-trip sessions and a final sign off dive onsite in the Bahamas. 

Expedition Fees: The investment for this expedition will be about $1500, plus round-trip airfare, a hotel and meals on March 31, and Scuba Certification ($300, if necessary as part of the pre-expedition costs).  Please note that all meals and dive gear (such as tanks, air refills, etc) are provided during the expedition and covered by the program fee. Leadership Programs recommends that students budget approximately $3,000 in total to participate, as airfare can vary widely from year to year and is difficult to predict.  

How to apply: The application will open here on September 15 and close on October 2 at 11:59pm. Spaces are limited. Apply here. 

Please reach out to Jackie Barrett














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