Potential Cadets


How do I join?

Call us on 01502 711858, email us or visit us on any of our Parade Nights to come and see what we do!

I've never been on a boat before or joined a club, does this matter?

No previous experience is needed. Energy and enthusiasm are the qualities we are looking for.

How much does being a Cadet cost?

Our Unit charges £2.00 per evening.  We tak these payments by Standing Order, and when you join, we will provide you with a Standing Order mandate for your parents to complete.  This money helps with the running costs of the Unit (utility bills, insurances etc) and is payable whether you attend the Unit or not - with the exception being if you are away on an SCC course.

We run many weekend activities, all of which are at heavily subsidised prices.  Weekend 'camps' are often held around the local area and these are typically around £20 and generally includes accommodation, food and transport.

Parents and guardians are welcome to come and speak to us if you foresee any financial difficulties.

Potential Adult Volunteers


What are the benefits of helping us out?

There are a number of benefits you can gain from volunteering. Spending time with your child, learning new skills and contributing to your community are just a few of the reasons why our current volunteers choose to support Sea Cadets in their spare time. Plus you can earn qualifications in a range of subjects.

I don't have a specific skill but am keen to help out, what can I do?

Everyone will have a skill, attribute or ability that they can pass on to our young people. One of the best things about volunteering however is the chance to learn new skills for which you will be offered training.

Do I have to wear uniform?

Only our Uniformed Instructors wear a Uniform - Non Uniformed Instructors and Committee Members are encouraged to purchase and wear a Unit Polo Shirt, fleece or hoody to try to heighten our Unit presence when 'out and about'.

Are there any age restrictions on helping out?

As long as you are over 18 years of age, you can help out as an adult volunteer once you have completed a successfull CRB check. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers as long as you remain fit and healthy.

What is the process for joining?

There is an application form to fill out which someone at your local Unit will be able to help you with. For some roles you will be required to meet a small group of people outside of the group to discuss the role you wish to take on. References are also required for some roles. An enhanced Criminal Records (or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland) check is carried out on all volunteers.

Will I be insured?

Yes. All volunteers are covered under MOD indemnity our Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.

General Information


Do I have to pay for my uniform?

Yes, we charge a £20 one-off payment for issuing Cadets with their Uniform.  This money goes towards badges, cleaning and replacing the Uniform when needed.  As your child grows, we will replace their items on a one-for-one basis for no further charge.

What is the rank structure in Sea Cadets, how does that work?

Owing to our heritage our rank structure is aligned to the Royal Navy. Both cadets and volunteers enter a rank structure on joining Sea Cadets. Following a six month probabtionary period, and as you learn and master new skills you can rise through the structure; more qualified Sea Cadets often share in the guiding of younger less qualified Sea Cadets and volunteers can rise to the rank of Commander. Those joining the Royal Marines cadets follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Marines.

Can I participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Sea Cadets?

Yes and you can compete for it as part of your normal sea cadet activities.  We have had Cadets achieve all levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) within the last 12 months at Beccles Sea Cadets.  The scheme is open to Cadets and Staff aged between 14 and 25.

What national qualifications can I achieve as a Sea Cadet?

There are many. You can gain qualifications from the Royal Yachting Association, British Canoeing Union, St John's Ambulance brigade, the Institute of Leadership and Management and others. You can achieve BTEC qualifications in a range of subjects. We are always looking to update our syllabi to make them relevant to young people, and, where appropriate, align them to nationally recognised bodies.

What is a BTEC qualification?

As a Sea Cadet you can work towards a BTEC in Public Services as part of your normal Sea Cadet activities. This is a nationally recognised qualification which is the equivalent to four GCSEs at grade C (four standard grades at level 3 in Scotland)  You can also gain a BTEC in Music or Marine Engineering, however you must attend specific courses to acheive this.


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