As a Sea Cadet you will test your talents and stamina and develop new skills to give you a head start in life. You will also get the chance to make new friends and have fun.

You can join us as a cadet if you are 10-18. Look at the sections on this page for an idea of what Swindon cadets have been doing. Visit the main Sea Cadet site to see a full range of what's on offer.



Waterborne Training

Dinghy Sailing
Sailing is a wonderful activity that allows you to work by yourself in a single-handed dinghy or as part of a team in a larger dinghy. It is a truly exhilarating sport that develops self confidence and awareness of natural elements.

All dinghy sailing within the Sea Cadet Corps is conducted under the Royal Yachting Association sailing schemes.

The main dinghies used are the Bosun ,Pico and Topper, however the opportunity often arises to sail higher performance craft.

Swindon Sea Cadet Unit have various craft that we use for sailing. We also attend training establishments such as RNSS at Portsmouth, SCTC Weymouth, SCTC Caledonia where a large number of craft are available. 

Paddle sport 
Canoeing and kayaking - another popular sport where you can develop your own personal waterborne skills. All training is conducted under the British Canoe Union Training Scheme.

Rowing is the basis for all good seamanship practices. It teaches good teamwork and waterborne skills. The Trinity 500 is a recent addition to the SCC and can be lots of fun.

Power Boating
Power Boating allows cadets to learn boat handling in displacement and planing power craft. All instruction is carried out under the Royal Yachting Association power boat training scheme.

This is an activity which is available to cadets by attending Sea Cadet training centers.

Junior Cadets 10-12

This is about having fun and making friends. You'll take part in lots of events and activities like sailing, canoeing and Adventurous training, first aid and communications.

Sea Cadets 12-18

Get to grips with subjects both on water and land as part of basic training, all on a nautical theme. You can take part in courses and competitions ranging from rock climbing and shooting to music, power boating and sailing. These can give you a head start in life and boost your confidence, plus it's good fun.


Training Programme

The Sea Cadet Corps has a very structured training programme. There is a fixed syllabus for each cadet level that contains items such as:

SCC Organisation / History
SCC / RN / RAF / Army Rank Structure
Activities available in the SCC
RN History / Customs
Ship's Routine
Piping (Boatswain's Call)
Parade Training
Power of Command
Instructional Technique
Seamanship and Boatwork
Safety Awareness
Fire Prevention
First Aid


There is a rank structure within the Sea Cadet Corps, similar to that in the Royal Navy. You will start as a New Entry and then progress through Cadet, Cadet 1st Class,Ordinary Cadet, Able Cadet, Leading Cadet and Cadet Petty Officer. To achieve advancement you will need to:

Complete a task books covering Compulsory Training, Complete the correct level of specialist training (not necessary until Able Cadet).
Achieve the correct number of points from Proficiency Training
Pass a simple test / examination.


Specialisation Training
Cadets undertake specialist training in one or more of the following areas. The subjects that are undertaken are optional. Some of the specialisations are available within the Unit or Cadets may go away on camps to achieve the awards.

Cook / Steward
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
First Aid
Communication / Information Systems

Physical Training - SCC Training centres only


Proficiency Training
There are numerous proficiency activities in which cadets can participate, including:

Adventurous Training (Mountain Biking, Indoor Climbing, Hillwalking, Campcraft, Expeditions)

National Governing Body qualifications

RYA Sailing

RYA Windsurfing

RYA Power boating

BCU Canoeing & Kayaking

Duke of Edinburgh Award

NNAS Navigation Awards

SCC Qualifications

  • Piping
  • Meteorology
  • Swimming

Plus additional opportunities from time to time

seniors (12-18 yRs) cadet intakes - every 3 months

With effect from Jan 15 we will be adopting a system for senior cadets joining whereby we will run intakes on a 3 monthly basis. This will ensure the new entrants get the best training possible and will allow an easier and managed progression toward full enrolment

Sea Cadet Promise

I promise to serve my God, my Queen,my country and the Sea Cadet Corps
and to 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.


Offshore oportunities

 TS Royalist

Offshore Sailing
The Sea Cadet Corps has a number of large sailing craft which Cadets can sail on. The most impressive craft is T.S. Royalist which is a square rigger. Cadets can attend week  long trips on Royalist and learn how to work as part of the crew while at the same time visiting British or Foreign ports.

TS J Jerwood

Offshore Power Boating
The Sea Cadet Corps offers offshore power boat training in a number of large power vessels. These vessels frequently visit British and Foreign ports



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