What are the benefits of helping us out?
There are a number of benefits you can gain from volunteering. Spending time with your child, learning new skills and contributing to your community are just a few of the reasons why our current volunteers choose to support Sea Cadets in their spare time. Plus you can earn qualifications in a range of subjects.
I don't have a specific skill but am keen to help out, what can I do?
Everyone will have a skill, attribute or ability that they can pass on to our young people. One of the best things about volunteering however is the chance to learn new skills for which you will be offered training.
Do I have to wear uniform?
No. Although Sea Cadets is a uniformed organisation, it will depend on the role you volunteer for, some adults in Sea Cadets do not have to wear a uniform.
Are there any age restrictions on helping out?
As long as you are over 18 years of age, you can help out as an adult volunteer once you have completed a successfull CRB check. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers as long as you remain fit and healthy.
What is the process for joining?
There is an application form to fill out which someone at your local Unit will be able to help you with. For some roles you will be required to meet a small group of people outside of the group to discuss the role you wish to take on. References are also required for some roles. An enhanced Criminal Records (or equivalent in Scotland or Northern Ireland) check is carried out on all volunteers.
Will I be insured?
Yes. All volunteers are covered under MOD indemnity our Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.
Does it cost anything to join the Sea Cadets?
Cadets are asked to pay a subscription of £10 per month (or £5 per month for Juniors who only attend once per week), which goes towards the upkeep of the unit and the equipment we use.
There are also charges for training courses and camps but these are kept to a minimum (typically around £15 for a weekend and £60 for a week) and include food, accommodation and the cost of training. These courses can take place in other units, at specialist Sea Cadet Training Centres or on Royal Navy bases. Some activities like offshore sailing and expeditions can, in certain circumstances, be supported by bursaries or grants.