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How can I join Accrington Sea Cadets?

Joining is simple, you can visit our unit on any of our parade nights. One of our staff will be available to make you feel welcome. Alternatively you can contact us and find out when the next Recruitment Day in your area is. To contact us please Click Here


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.

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.

As members of Accrington Sea Cadets you will find yourself taking part in many activities like:Rowing, Kayaking, Sailing, Marine Engineering, BTEC-Public Services, First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, plus lots more...

If you choose to visit our unit you can guarantee a warm welcoming.

Give It a Try!

Cadets will be out on the water either sailing, kayaking or rowing all through the summer months. Come along and give it a try. What have you to lose?

Junior Cadets 10-12

This is about having fun and making friends. You'll take part in lots of events and activities like sailing, canoeing and abseiling, plus learn about first aid and communications.

Sea Cadets 12-18

Get to grips with subjects both on water and land as part of basic training, all on a nautical theme. You can take part in courses and competitions ranging from rock climbing and shooting to music, power boating and sailing. These can give you a head start in life and boost your confidence, plus it's good fun.

What sort of Qualifications can I gain?



 Seamanship All cadets learn seamanship skills as part of their Core Training; the training provides basic skills in safe handling of ropes, basic knot tying etc and underpins many aspects of practical Sea Cadet Training. The Core Training is useful in pulling, sailing, kayaking, power boating, offshore sailing and land based activities such as Expedition Training.

First Aid as well as providing the ability to be the difference between life and death, first aid training at a young age helps to build confidence and self esteem as well as teamwork and communication skills.

Marine Engineering covers both mechanical and electrical topics; it is very much a "hands on" specialisation that enables cadets to get first hand experience on working on motor boats in the Units. 

Cook Steward covers different aspects of food preparation and food service, including practical cookery, menu planning, nutrition, hygiene and silver service. The specialisation is very hands on and involves a lot of practical skills such as cooking, tasting to napkin folding to name a few.

Drill - Military discipline is founded on drill.  Drill is the basis of the military way of carrying out any tasks. Good drill demands precision and effort.  It is an exercise in obedience, alertness and control. It develops confidence between commander and subordinate and so builds morale.

Waterborne Proficiencies

Rowing - The Sea Cadets provide our own training syllabus for rowing proficiency and Coaching awards. The scheme has been a development by the Sea Cadets from the traditions of the Royal Navy. The scheme has been designed to be delivered at all Sea Cadet units by their own trained Rowing Instructors.

 Paddlesports are great for young people of all ages. There are lots of different types of paddlesports, which means that there is something for everyone. You don't need your own kit to learn and you don't need to be super fit.

Powerboating in the Sea Cadets has many roles. For some their primary purpose is to provide safety for other afloat activities. The Sea Cadet powerboat fleet is divided into two categories, displacement and planing. In order to operate this fleet of powerboats it is essential to provide training. This training is certificated by the Royal Yachting Association  and is accessible by cadets and adult volunteers alike.

Sailing - Most dinghy sailing is recreational, which is essential for the development and practice of the skills learnt on training courses delivered at Royal Yachting Association  Training Centres.


Meteorology understanding meteorology is an essential skill for any seafarer, exped or mountain leader, etc., and by learning skills in meteorology, Cadets can help prepare themselves and others for whatever the elements throw at them.

Shooting as a proficiency gives both staff and cadets the opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications. Staff and Cadets will get to experience shooting at all levels of training and competition, thus maintaining the safety element and learning the responsibility involved in the training.



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