TS Echo, Llanelli Sea Cadets is a unit of the Sea Cadets Corps, the nations largest maritime youth training organisation. We are one of the four MOD recognised youth organisations along with the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, and Combined Cadet Force. Although we receive funding from the MOD under a Memorandum of Understanding, we are not a pre-service organisation, and we do not recruit for the armed forces. We are an independent civilian youth charity. 


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

The aim is achieved by:

Providing exciting and challenging training of an adventurous nature. This generates self-confidence, self reliance, initiative, loyalty and a sense of duty.

Encouraging leadership qualities and team working

Discouraging behaviour that is not in keeping with the aim of the Sea Cadets.

Benefits of Being a Sea Cadet

The Sea Cadet Corps offers many activities for cadets. All activities give the chance to achieve qualifications orawards. Some of these qualifications and awards are from external bodies, like the Royal Yachting Association(RYA) or British Canoe Union (BCU). Where there aren’t any external bodies we train on a structure scheme based on Royal Navy standards. This is the case for Marine Engineering, Seamanship, Communications, Cook Steward and Meteorology. Cadets enjoy a varied training timetable including Sports, Shooting, Swimming, Drill.

Cadets are also encouraged to participate in the Duke Of Edinburgh & CVQO award schemes.

The Unit believes strongly in the importance of organized competition and takes part fully in inter unit competition at local and national levels. Cadets who volunteer to compete are expected to train hard and do their best, so that they can be proud of their effort whatever the result. Normally this attitude leads to successful results. We hold an annual award ceremony where achievements over the year are recognised.

While we are not here to recruit for the Royal Navy, cadets that want to join the Navy will find that the Sea Cadets gives a unique insight into naval life. However, even those not wanting to join the forces will find that a record of achievement folder full of certificates earned during a Sea Cadet career will impress employers and colleges.

Sea Cadet Values

Whilst being a cadet brings many benefits, membership does bring responsibilities. We ask for certain standards of behaviour. Cadets have to live the Sea Cadets Values, these are.






Staff encourage cadets to adopt these values. Staff  have to live up to the values also, they are expected to be thoughtful, professional, and caring in the way they behave. All uniformed staff have been interviewed both at a District and local level and are subject to a CRB check. The Sea Cadet Corps Code of Conduct lays down rules for staff behaviour.

When cadets finish their basic training they will make the Sea Cadet promise:

The Sea Cadet Promise

"I promise to serve my God, the Queen, my Country and the Sea Cadet Corps, and obey the orders of my superior officers. I will be proud of my uniform, and be smart and seamanlike in wearing it, and always do my duty."


While the Sea Cadets has a focus on Sea Training, we have a lot more to offer than that!

We make a difference by helping young people to start out in life with a positive attitude,  and develop their teamwork, leadership and communication skills while at the same time allowing them to have fun and experience challenging activities with people their own age.
Cadets enrolled in the Sea Cadet's follow a national Cadet Training Programme laid out by National Headquarters in London. They take part in varied training subjects, including Waterborne Training, Seamanship, Ceremonial Drill, Corps/Nautical Knowledge, First Aid, Community Projects/Involvement, Leadership & Teamwork, Values, and Adventure Training.
Senior Cadets work through a a Leadership Development Programme, which has more of a focus on Leadership and Teamworking skills, as well as Peer Educator training.
Check out these Videos about what our Sea Cadets get up to:

Sea Cadets - A day in the life... 

Offshore Voyage with TS Royalist...


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.


Every cadet in the Sea Cadets has the chance to work their way up the rank structure. All cadets joining the corps start at new entry, and can work up to Able Cadet at unit level. To become a Leading Cadet or Petty Officer Cadets, cadets must complete mandatory training and assessment at Area and National level respectively. 

Cadet Rates

Cadet Once New Entries have completed the 18 modules of the Basic Training Programme, they are promoted to Cadet
Cadet First Class Once Cadets have completed all the Cadet modules of the CTP, they are eligible to be promoted to Cadet First Class
Cadets First Class who complete the next stage of the Cadet Training Programme are eligible to be promoted to Ordinary Cadet

Able Cadet

Ordinary Cadets who complete the next stage of the CTP, and gain 3 qualifications (one of which must be Boating) become eligible for promotion to Able Cadet



Able Cadets who complete the Leadership Development Programme attend a Basic Peer Educators Courses, and attend and pass an Area Promotion Board are eligible for promotion to Leading Cadet



Leading Cadets who complete the remainder of the Leadership Development Programme, an Advanced Peer Educators Course, and attend and pass an Area/National Promotion Board are eligible to be promoted to the highest rate a cadet can achieve in the SCC: Petty Officer Cadet


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