Our Unit is run entirely by volunteers. We need enthusiastic volunteers with a range of skills, from those who want to help train cadets to those who can apply their business skills to help run the Management Team that supports our Unit.

Sea Cadet volunteers:

  • – Support young people
  • – Encourage them to take part in challanging and aspirational activities
  • – Invest in the local community as part of a widely respected charity
  • – Get a sense of personal achievement from involvement with a national youth charity
  • – Work as part of a team
  • – Meet new people, make new friends
  • – Experience adventure and learn new skills
  • – Gain valuable and externally recognised qualifications

Volunteer Posts

There are two types of opportunity for volunteers: uniformed and non-uniformed. Uniformed instructors serve a six month probationary period and if you have previous experience in the armed forces or Merchant Navy you can apply for direct entry. Many uniformed instructors are ex-cadets, passing on the skills they learned during their time in the ranks.

Non-uniformed volunteers can apply to join Sea Cadets at any age. Many are introduced to the charity when a son or daughter expresses an interest in joining. Quite often, both parent and child will join, and husband and wife teams are common.

Here is a brief insight into some of the roles available:

Uniformed Instructor

Teach cadets a wide variety of skills and qualifications. Eligible for promotion through the rank structure.
Earn useful skills and qualifications that will help you and the cadets in your care.

Non Uniformed Instructor

Use your skills to help train cadets You will be asked to take part in some training (Induction, Safeguarding, First Aid) to keep cadets safe.

Currently We Would Like to recruit

Although we always welcome all new volunteers, we would be very keen to hear from anyone who would be in interested in filling the following vacancies:

Royal Marines Cadet Instructors

Are you interested in the Royal Marines? Do you have an ex-forces background (this is not essential but is desirable)?

Climbing Instructor

Are you a keen climber (indoors or out)? Do you already hold National Governing Body Qualifications, or be willing to gain them?

Yes, then you could join our team of enthusiastic adventure training instructors.

Paddlesports Instructor

Do you have Kayak or Canoe qualifications?

Yes, you could be our new Paddlesports Instructor/Coach. 

Windsurfing Instructor

Do you have windsurfing qualifications or experience? Would you like the opportunity to further your qualifications and experience?

Yes, we would love to hear from you as we have cadets interested in learning to windsurf, but no instructor.

Diving Instructor

Are you a Diving Instructor? Do you have Diving Experience and would like the opportunity to train as a Dive Instructor?

Yes, well we would love to hear from you.

Unit Assistants

Carry out a wide variety of tasks to help their local Sea Cadet Unit, for example: mini-bus driver, painter and decorator.

Unit Management Team (UMC)

Each Sea Cadet Unit is an independent charity and members of the UMC are the trustees of the Unit charity.

All volunteers, irrespective of their role undergo a  disclosure & barring service check (DBS formally CRB) when they join the charity.


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