Welcome to Crawley Sea & Royal Marines Cadets!

We are one of many Sea Cadet Units located throughout the United Kingdom; It is a disciplined youth organisation based upon the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and is a registered charity. We're a unit with excellent facilities and a Ship's Company that likes to get out and do things, If you want to learn more about us then come down and see us on a parade night.

Crawley Unit has played a key part in developing the areas youth for nearly 50 years and although it is based upon the Royal Navy and Royal Marines we are not funded by them but rely on donations and fundraising by the adult volunteers.

We currently have in the region of 60 cadets enrolled but we're always looking for new cadets and just as importantly adult's to support the management of the unit.

Darren Erb
Captain (SCC) Royal Marines Reserve
Commanding Officer


Unit Boatwork

The Unit carries out a variety of boatwork throughout the year. We do this at Hedgecourt Lake, River Thames at Staines Unit and Southern area Boatwork Station in Portsmouth.

Cadets can take part in the following:







Cadets can also attend national Training centres such as SCTC HMS Raleigh and SCTC Weymouth


Offshore Voyages

The Sea Cadet Corps maintains a small fleet of offshore sailing and motor vessels, these vessels are used to help cadets from all over the country gain an experience of life at sea.

The Sea Cadet Corps currently operates the following sea going vessels:

Sailing Ships:
Training Ship Royalist

Training Ship City Liveryman
Training Ship Vigilant
Training Ship Leopold Muller

Motor Vessels:
Training Ship John Jerwood
Training Ship Jack Petchy


Specialisation Qualifications

Whilst training at the unit and on residential courses, cadets can gain different specialisation qualifications and then increase the level of the qualification

3rd Class (Basic introduction level)
2nd Class (Intemediate Level)
1st Class (Advanced Level)

Specialisations cadets can earn:

Marine Engineering
Physical Training
First Aid


Proficiency Qualifications

In addition to Specilisations, cadets can earn qualifications on skills know as proficiencies.

Proficiencies Cadets can gain:

Basic Campcraft
Expedition Training
Piping (basic & advanced)
Expedition Leader
Morse Code
Radio Amature Licence
Shooting (Air Rifle, Small Bore, Full Bore)



Junior Cadets 10-12

This is about having fun and making friends. You'll take part in lots of events and activities like sailing, canoeing and abseiling, plus learn about first aid and communications.

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.

Royal Marines Cadets 13-18

Do you thrive on a challenge? Pride yourself on your team work and strive to improve yourself? Then the Royal Marines Cadets could be for you! Field Craft, Weapons Training, Map Reading and Drill are all included in the training and we offer exciting opportunities to take part in challenging training in the UK and abroad. Royal Marines Cadets Detachments are an integral part of the Sea cadets with 114 Detachments in the UK.


The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is an internationally recognised accreditation scheme designed to promote and reward personal and social development in young people between the ages of 14 and 25.

The award scheme has 3 awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze award is split into 4 sections:

Volunteering (formerly known as Service) Activities such as Fire Service and Police Service are set up with our local stations. There is also the opportunity to participate in a unit service for Able Cadets and above.
Expedition We hold Training and Assessment weekends throughout the summer months. Annually, we normally hold 3 - 4 weekends.

Certain SCC Specialisations and Proficiencies can qualify cadets in this section. For example:

  • Drill Instructor
  • Marine Engineering
  • Full/Small Bore Shooting
Physical Recreation

Activities within our unit that can qualify cadets in this section include, Sailing, Football, Swimming and Pulling.



BTEC Qualifications

The BTEC Diploma is available to cadets aged 16+ on Public Services, Music and uniquely within the Sea Cadets, Engineering. CVQO offers all Cadets over 16 the opportunity to earn, at no cost, a choice of three internationally recognised vocational qualifications that are respected by employers as well as institutes of higher education.

The Diploma can be gained through normal unit and SCC activities. The diploma itself is the equivalent of 4 Standard Grades A-C. There are also ILM qualifications available to adult volunteers to work towards and enhance their learning and competency skills.

The qualifications are operated by the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO).


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