The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.

The tradition of community - based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.

We work partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.

Colchester unit is almost unique within the Sea Cadet Corps in having an entire ship on which to operate. We are very proud of this fact and the ethos we feel it generates within the unit. We are afterall, literally, all in the same boat! This has enabled us to generate a remarkable level of teamwork and camaraderie within the ship's company, tangible as soon as visitors step aboard.


We encourage our Cadets to take an active role in both their own careers within the Corps as well as in the instruction and support of junior Cadets. We feel this approach benefits our Cadets enormously in terms of building their confidence and understanding, whilst at all times maintaining an appropriate level of supervision.


This environment has produced some fantastic achievements to date, including; the youngest RYA certified sailing instructor in Europe (aged 16), national awards for Leadership, Engineering and Seamanship, the youngest ever female Trinity House sponsored merchant navy officer cadet (also aged 16) as well as Colchester Cadets making up a large part of the national Sea Cadet offshore yacht racing squads (male and female).


That was just some of our past achievements, join us to discover what TS Colne Light, and YOU, can achieve in 2015!


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