sailing at the Welsh HarpAs 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 12-18. 

 On this page we give a summary of activities provided at Chiswick unit in particular. Visit the main Sea Cadet site to see the full detail of what is on offer.




Using the unit's Champ you will learn boathandling in a displacement craft - how to moor, manoeuvre, man overboard procedures and general care and maintenance. You can achieve RYA powerboating qualifications level 1 and 2 for displacement craft.


Using the unit's Trinity 500 (named Black Pearl by the cadets), you will do basic training on manning a boat and fixed seat rowing. With enough practice you can become supervised coxswain and take charge of the boat and crew. You can achieve RYA rowing qualifications.


You can go kayaking with Chiswick Pier Canoe Club and achieve BCU qualifications.

Dinghy Sailing

The unit does not have facilities for dinghy sailing but courses are held regularly at the Sea Cadet facility at Welsh Harp.


The ultimate sailing trip is to spend a week offshore on the Sea Cadet's square rigger, T S Royalist. Or if you prefer an engine, on one of the offshore powerboats.

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.

Ranking up

General training for advancement

There is inbuilt progression in all the training. Topics encountered by new entrants are revisited as the cadets rise in seniority. These cover areas such as the organisation of a sea cadet unit up to organisation of the Sea Cadet Corps; ranks and ratings starting with sea cadets only  and expanding to recognition of ranks and ratings in all the services and how they relate; safety awareness and first aid; general nautical vocabulary and routines; practical elements from basic drill to care of the uniform to basic knots and ropework.

Specialisations and Proficiencies

These are specialist areas that the cadets can choose to focus on according to what interests them in particular. Some can be studied at the unit, at least at the early stages, but to achieve the highest level qualification would usually involve attending courses held elsewhere.

The areas most often covered by our cadets are 

Piping, Cook/steward, Engineering, Seamanship and PT.

Other subjects are

First Aid, Communications, Adventure training(camping), Shooting, Meteorology, Subaqua diving.

It is possible to convert come of the qualifications into BTEC qualifications and to work on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Other activities because Sea Cadets is not all training


These are held at District level initially. The winners can then go on to Area level and even nationally in some specialities.

We regularly compete in Athletics and Drill and Piping but over the years have competed in 5 a side football, swimming, adventure training and powerboat handling. These are also good opportunities for cadets to meet cadets from other units.

Summer campv2015


The annual London Area summer camp is another time for cadets to get together. They spend their time getting wet, trying out different sports, visiting different places and just having fun together.

Special occasions

There are annual Sea Cadet events:

Royal Naval Inspecton, Trafalgar Day, Lord Mayor's Parade, Remembrance Sunday Parade

The unit also gets involved in events with other local groups:

Royal British Legion, Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, Trafalgar Way Trust, local rowing and sailing clubs

Carpet lining for HRH


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