The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.

The tradition of community - based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.

We work partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.

What are Sea Cadets?

The Sea Cadets is a Nationwide, voluntary, uniformed youth organisation open to young people aged 10-18 years regardless of sex, religion, race and within the bounds of safety to themselves and others to those with special needs.

The Sea Cadets, are the number one youth charity based on the Royal Navy. And right here in Loughbrough we can really make your day with an action packed programme from boating and rowing to kayaking, sports and adventure training. We hope you'll make new friends and be part of a great team with us.

What's our aim?

The aim of Sea Cadets is to inspire young people through nautical adventure and challenge to help give them a head start in life. In short we want to give you the best fun you've ever had. Along the way we'll teach you life skills from cookery to computers, engineering, navigation and the art of seamanship. Much of training is practical and on the water in boats! A great way to spend your free time!

What activities do we do?

We get up to all sorts of things! In the summer we like to get out on the boats and learn new skills in rowing, powerboating, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. If you really love your boating and want to take it a step further you can also go and take a trip on one of our offshore fleet including our square rigged flagship T.S Royalist. If staying on the land is more your style we offer loads to do as well including adventure training, meteorology, shooting, computers, catering, drill, first aid, engineering, seamanship and navigation.

You can do some of these at our unit in Loughborough or travel to our specialist training centres around the country to meet other cadets from across the UK.

How to Join the Sea Cadets

Helping in the community

To join the Sea Cadets just pop on down to the unit on a Tues or Thurs between 1830 and 2100 and talk to our very friendly staff who will be happy to show you around and answer any questions.

New cadets between 10-11 go straight in a join the junior section of our unit with 2 dedicated staff members who will look after them until they turn 12.

New cadets who are 12 and over make the same first step to go through the New Entry Training; which will introduce them to many areas of The Sea Cadets. This period is spent with other young people interested in joining and a dedicated member of staff will look after the new cadet and ensure that there are no problems. Towards the end of the New Entry Training the cadet is issued uniform and on the enrolment night the new cadet makes their Sea Cadet promise to become a full member of the Sea Cadets. Parents are invited to the enrolment ceremony and this is an excellent opportunity to gain some photographs for the family album!


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