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.






10-12 YEARS


If you're aged 10-12, then we'd love to welcome you into our Junior Section.

We have loads of fun and participate in so many activities that it would make your head spin. The training is centred around projects which vary from building models and studying the environment, to using semaphore and bandaging one of the instructors (though not necessarily at the same time)! Then there are plenty of activities to have a go at such as sailing, canoeing and sports. We may be able to visit some Royal Navy ships and different places of interest.

So, don’t stand on the sidelines and watch, come and join us, you never know, you might enjoy it!!!



12-18 YEARS


Are you between the ages of 12 and 18? Are you interested in getting out and making new friends? Then why not join the Sea Cadet Corps!

Boys and girls join a local Unit for the duration of their career with the Sea Cadets. Here they can interact with their peers and develop their confidence and self-esteem. Whether it’s team-building, adventure training, Unit-based sports and activities or sea-based endeavour on board one of the Sea Cadets’ training ships, the Sea Cadets is geared towards developing individuals’ skills and personalities, with the ethos of teamwork an important factor throughout. As well as making friends with other cadets, each young person will gain valuable communication and interaction skills that will benefit them in later life.

Sports are a very big part of life in the Sea Cadets. There are competitions in every Area in all kinds of sports, including sailing, rowing, canoeing, swimming and 5-a-side football, to name but a few. Sports competitions are a fantastic way of meeting Cadets from every corner of the country.

At our national camps and courses, Cadets from all over the country come together to learn subjects and get involved in activities that can’t be covered at their local Unit. Many of our national events take place on naval bases, where Cadets experience all sorts of activities they never thought possible, from trying the confidence course to working in a naval galley. On our expeditions Cadets might find themselves living in a tent and making breakfast on a tiny stove, while hiking through some wonderful scenery, with only a map and compass for navigation. There are so many different activities available; everyone will find something they can’t wait to try.

Although much of the Sea Cadets’ activity is conducted within individual units, there are also plenty of opportunities for Cadets to travel. From Hong Kong to Belgium to South Africa, Cadets have taken part in exchanges all over the world, through the International Sea Cadet Association.



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