The aim of the Sea Cadet Corps is to help young people towards responsible adulthood by encouraging valuable personal attributes and high standards of conduct using a nautical theme based on the customs of the Royal Navy. Through adventurous activities the Cadets become self reliant, and through teamwork they develop consideration and respect for others.
The Corps encourages high personal standards and a sense of purpose, and provides a sound foundation for future careers. The Corps provide a range of activities and skills, which are attractive and adventurous within a caring discipline to which young people can respond.
This in turn aids their development into self-confident, self-disciplined young adults and encourages a sense of responsibility to the community. It is important for your youngster, that in order to get the most out of the Sea Cadet Corps, he/she tries to take part in as many Unit activities as possible and, towards this end, your encouragement will be greatly appreciated. The Unit staff will do their utmost to ensure that your son/daughter enjoys his/her stay with us.
How to Join the Sea Cadet
Every cadet has to serve a probationary period prior to becoming a full Sea Cadet. This probationary period is spent in a Division where a dedicated member of staff will look after the new cadet and ensure that there are no problems. Towards the end of this probationary period the cadet is issued uniform and on the enrolment night the new cadet makes their Sea Cadet promise to become a full member of the Sea Cadets. Parents are invited to the enrolment ceremony and this is an excellent opportunity to gain some photographs for the family album!
What we offer young people in the Sea Cadet Corps
The Sea Cadet Corps offer many activities which young people can become involved in, these fall into three categories:
Firstly, a Cadet can specialise in any number of seven subjects - Seamanship, Communications, Marine Engineering, Cook/Stewards, Physical Training and First Aid. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is actively encouraged in the Unit.
Eastbourne have staff that can offer a wide range of specialist training including Seamanship, Communications, Cooks/Stewards and First Aid.
Secondly, Cadets can become proficient in Meteorology, Expedition Training and Piping.
Thirdly - and probably the most popular - is Canoeing and Boat work, both Inshore and Offshore Power and Sail. The Corps follows the British Canoe Union (BCU) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training schemes. Waterborne activity is conducted on rivers, harbour and coastal locations. The unit boats throughout the summer at on the sea and down at the harbour and organises local courses and camps for its cadets.
You can join us as a cadet if you are 10-18. Visit the main Sea Cadet site to see a full range of what's on offer.