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

Volunteering Roles


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. However, you must sit  a six month probationary period in order to become a uniformed instructor.

Non Uniformed Instructor

Use your skills to help train cadets You will be asked to take part in the Adult Induction Course (AIC) to help keep cadets safe.

Unit Assistant

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.

Please note that all our adult volunteers are required to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check (Cost covered by MSSC) when they join the charity.

Current Vacancies


- Instructional staff - To carry out instructional duties, with a regular commitment, on parade nights (and occasional weekends).

- Boating staff - To offer RYA / BCU training to cadets. Established qualifications would be preferred but courses are available. 

If you are interested in finding out more about what we are looking please contact the Commanding Officer.

We are currently seeking adult volunteers (aged 18 and over) from the local community to expand the training opportunities which Bexley & Lewisham Sea Cadet Unit can offer to our Cadets. Previous Armed or Cadet forces experience is not needed, but would be advantageous. Enthusiasm is a must!




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