As a Sea Cadet, you will test your talents and stamina and develop new skills to give you a head start in life. You will also get the chance to make new friends and have fun.
To start with young newcomers are required to visit the unit, see whats-what, meet the people here and take away some basic forms to fill in, such as contact details, school and health information.
If the youngster likes what they see they can then start as New Entry Cadet beginning a 6 week training programme with other New Entry Cadets where they learn the basics, ethos and traditions of the naval environment. Once they have completed this they then become fully enrolled cadets and will be loaned a full uniform for a small non-returnable deposit of £20. This effectively pays for the badges they will be awarded for forthcoming years. From this point, they are then entitled to train away from the unit.
Most subjects are taught at basic level within the unit. This knowledge is then enhanced by attending training courses at National, Area and District level. The range of subjects available to cadets is vast and open to all cadets. For eg. a District Weekend at a Sea Cadet unit could be a level 3 Catering course for a relatively new cadet, cost about £20. An intermediate course might be a level 2 Catering course held over 2 weekends costing £40. Moving on to the advanced level 1 Catering, this would be carried out for a week at a Royal Naval establishment for a cost of £70. All cost include travel, accommodation, food and training. The skills learnt at this level are comparable to those learnt in industry; certainly to a level equal to those of Chefs of the RN after basic training!
The world is their oyster so-to-speak.
You can join us as a cadet if you are 10-18. Visit the main Sea Cadet site to see a full range of what's on offer.
Recruitment nights are advertised on our homepage and our Facebook page, as well as the local press.