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Whether at sea or on land, the Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development - by learning new skills and working in teams -  we offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.

Established in 1856 the Sea Cadets was created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the unit building.

Today, 14,000 young people based in 400 units in towns, cities and ports across the UK are challenging themselves and developing new skills, like sailing, boating and rock climbing -  supported by 9,000 volunteers.

Please find out what we've been up to over the last year here: Annual review


Our biggest supporter is the Royal Navy, plus we receive corporate support from the commercial Maritime sector.

Our aim is to inspire young people through nautical adventure and challenge to help give them a head start in life.

Read about our impact supporting young people here. 

Call us on +44 (0)20 7654 7000 or email for more information

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A charity registered in England and Wales 313013 and in Scotland SC037808