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.


Our biggest supporter is the Royal Navy, plus we receive some 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.

As part of the Sea Cadets, the Royal Marine Cadets (RMC) get to do all the exciting waterborne activities as well as branching off into serious adventure training too.

specialising in things like orienteering, fieldcraft,  weapon handling and taking part in training sessions across the country to test their navigational skills and challenge themselves as they work together as a team.

You can join at 13 and can stay on till you reach 18, at which point you can think about whether you might wish to continue as a volunteer.  you can then teach the youngsters coming up through the ranks.

"Its about discipline, and about taking with you our ethos and Corps values and applying them to everyday life with courage, determination and humility.  And doing it with a sense of humour and a smile or two along the way!


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