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.


We are based in the Ancient town of Rye in East Sussex, our unit building being an ex boatbuilders yard dating back to the 1700's.

We have approximately 30 cadets and Juniors and are always looking for likeminded young people to join out team.  During the summer months, we are situated within a short distance of the Royal Military Canal, which is where our boating activities take place.  Using qualified instructors, our cadets have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of water based activities.

These activities include Sailing, Canoeing and kayaking, Rowing and Power boating in displacement craft.

Rye Sea Cadets


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