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.

At the Grimsby & Cleethorpes Sea Cadets we pride ourselves on our many achievements however none of this would be possible without the outstanding commitment of the cadets and volunteers we have had along the way. The Sea Cadets have a way of taking a young person out of their everyday routine and developing them into a new person expressing talents they never thought they had.

The unit runs a syllabus aimed at teaching our cadets valuable life skills such as organisation, punctuality, attendance and personal presentation. This is in the nature of any disciplined uniform organisation. We have seen our cadets grow pride and confidence as individuals along with the ability to excel in team activities. Our ratings systems means we can reward experienced and capable cadets and give them situations that enables them to learn and display leadership.

The instructional volunteers have a wide range of skills and qualifications that ensure our cadets are getting the most out of our facilities. We can award internal qualifications in areas such as communications, cook stewarding, marine engineering, piping (boatswains call) and meteorology.

With our boating station just a stone throw away we are able to make the most out of a British summer by taking our cadets our on the water during our regular parade nights. Our cadets can take part in activities such as rowing, kayaking, power boating and sailing. All of our cadets will take part in each activity as part of their induction to our organisation.

Unlike many Sea Cadet units we have a marching band that is well known in the local Sea Cadet network for its high quality performances and has been a foundation of the unit for decades. The band is regularly seen out and about the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area at a variety of community activities such as the Mayors Parade and the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade.

If your would like to know more about our organisation and what we do then please get in touch. There are many ways you can get in touch please find these below:

Contact Form

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(01472) 357136 (Only manned during parade nights)

In Person

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