sea cadets volunteers week 2020

Volunteers' Week 2020

Join in the celebration for Sea Cadets' 9,000 volunteers. They’re absolutely essential to Sea Cadets, we couldn’t do it without them! Nominate your volunteer hero using #VolunteersWeek and @SeaCadetsUK.

This week you’ll meet the key worker heroes who also volunteer with Sea Cadets, as every day this week across our social media channels we’ll share a new story about our superhero volunteers. Today meet Sally. (pictured left)

Sally Smith, Officer in Charge, Bedford Sea Cadets

Day Job: Practice Development Nurse, Emergency Department

Sally became a senior nurse in the Emergency Department at Bedford Hospital earlier this year but has been a Specialist Nurse in Resuscitation and Trauma for almost a decade.

She says “This is my passion, I love my job and although working in this type of environment is very challenging at times we work as team, it’s a great team and we support one another.”

Sally also helps to run Bedford Sea Cadets and finds a similar level of teamwork there as in the NHS.

Our volunteers step up during the Pandemic

As many Sea Cadets volunteers are ensuring Sea Cadets continues as normal through digital parade nights, some are also playing their part in the in the battle against Covid-19! Sea Cadets volunteers continue to do their bit within all of the nation’s key services, including the NHS, care homes and the emergency services.

85% of Sea Cadets activities at unit level are taking place virtually, making up for the loss of hugely popular inshore and offshore boating programmes, competitions and International Exchange Programme. Sea Cadets remains a hugely vital part of cadets' lives and many say they are happy having tried the Virtual Sea Cadets programme, according to our recent survey.

With many across the country taking the time to volunteer during the crisis, new and returning volunteers will always be welcome within Sea Cadets. Find out more here.


DofE Award 2020

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Celebrating Success – Virtually

On the afternoon of 21 May 2020, 19 of our Cadets and Staff were due to attend a Gold Award Presentation in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the culmination of their DofE journey. They had all worked extremely hard to complete their Gold awards and were looking forward to a day in London and meet some members of the Royal family and many guest presenters. However, due to the Coronavirus lockdown measures this event had to be postponed. They will get an opportunity when the country returns to being able to meet again in groups. To mark theirs and others successes, HRH The Duke of Wessex has made a video congratulating those that should have been receiving their certificates. The link to this video is here and the names of those due to attend on the 21st May are:


Thomas B

Francis d. S H

Amber-Rose H

Jessica E

South West

Dakota L

Blake L

Oliver D

Thomas G

Emily G

James G

Oliver G

Holly G


Lewis K

Chelsea B

Jack V

Isobel B

Lydia C

Thomas B

North West

James P

James B R

On behalf of whole of the Sea Cadets we send congratulations on your fantastic achievement. Many thanks must also go to the tireless commitment that the DofE leaders in all of these units and across all of our areas are giving to these and many thousands of participants still on their own journeys. Please stay safe but continue to enjoy your Sea Cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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Sea Cadets 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Young people surveyed recently said they are worried about mental health and peer support during the lockdown rules.

Our NHS and other well-known organisation promote 5 Ways to Wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Learn
  • Give

Here’s our take on 5 Ways to Wellbeing for Cadets


Staying connected is not just good for your wellbeing, but everyone around you.

At sea, ships communicate with each other across the world via the Bridge on marine radio with lots of dials and buttons.  Luckily, our friends are just one tap away on our phones. If you’ve not heard from a friend from school or sea cadets for a while why not reach out?

Equally, check in on your wider circle of friends and family, especially older relatives.  Why not give them a call, and let know what you have been up to too keep yourself busy and active.  Let them tell you about their day too really listen, lend an ear, not just your time.

Tip: It’s fantastic we can reach our loved ones at the touch of a button. But ensure you limit your screen time as you normally would around your routine. If Sailors chatted all day the ship would drift from its course.

Write a letter! Not only will this provide you with an activity, it’s a great way to stay in touch and letters are great keep sake.  Remember the COVID Codes when arranging to post your letter.

Be active

There are so many ways to keep active; exercise routines online you can do in your bedroom or with family in the living room like Joe Wickes’ PE lessons every morning at 9am, and walking or jogging on your daily exercise allowance. 

But cleaning your room, helping around the house with chores, and stretching throughout the day, are all great ways to maintain your exercise levels while indoors too.

Sailors at sea come together on deck for Physical Training, designed to be done in close quarters! Check out Sea Cadets Physical Training and learn the new routine. Once you’ve mastered it, get your family involved and teach it to them!

Take notice

Use a diary to make a to-do list of the things you hope achieve each day.  Lists are a good way to help keep you focused. As well as writing in your diary also use emojis, symbols, drawings and colours to make it more interesting and personal. 

Also use your diary to make a note of how you have been feeling each day, what has your mood been like?  For example, how was your mood in the morning compared to the evening? How have the diffident things you have been doing affected how you feel?  Or you could just add an overall mood or feeling for the day.  Using your diary in this way will help you to see more clearly which things make you happy and which things make you feel less happy.  Taking a moment to notice how you feel can help you understand yourself better.

If you’re struggling with your mood, it’s good to talk. Have a chat with someone you trust, and check out resources at Young Minds or The Mix for mental health support.

Other things to try are apps such as Headspace – offering free guided meditation and mindfulness.

When outside for your daily exercise hour, really take notice of your surroundings, and see how many different types of wildlife you spot. Leave technology at home!

You can also try creating a new recipe or making a dish you’ve never had before from your own personal Galley. When tucking in, really take note of the flavours, could it be a new favourite recipe?

Tip: Remember to add all of these things to your diary too!


Your parents will have been sent ways for you to get involved with Virtual Sea Cadets at home. Join the page for extra resources to #FallinatHome. (Don’t worry if you can’t join in – Virtual Sea Cadets is not compulsory!)

Is there a country you really want to visit? Take some steps to begin to learn a new language or learn about the culture. There are 6,500 different languages, including one you may not first think of - British Sign Language.

If you have seeds or if you are able to order online for safe and non-contact delivery, you could create your own herb garden.  Sailors are great at making efficient use of food resources to last months underwater. You can grow your own herbs indoors or outside. As long as it’s somewhere that gets plenty of light. Don’t forget to note in your diary your plants’ progress.


Here’s how you can take social action, and help your community through peer support during the lockdown: 

Join the Threefor3 campaign– we’re calling on cadets to share your tips on how your keeping your wellbeing up, you can write, draw, or post them social media to #Threefor3 tagging 3 friends to keep it going! We hope this way, we’ll all help each other’s mental wellbeing through peer support. Tag @SeaCadetsUK too, so we can share your responses.

Get creative and create your own Rainbow poster in support of our NHS and other key worker heroes. Display it in your window to cheer our key workers on in your community as they’re on their way to work. We know that many of our Sea Cadet volunteers are key workers too. Tag us in your posts @SeaCadetsUK and we’ll share your posters!

Cadets on TikTok have been sharing their tips for keeping spirits up at home. Join the community @SeaCadetsUK.

At Sea Cadets, launching you for life to succeed in your future is our top priority.

If you feel you need extra wellbeing support please go to:   

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How to avoid Cabin Fever staying indoors

A week at home with family can be as challenging as a week at sea.

But we’re Sea Cadets and we’re used to being at sea, confined to a ship's living quarters. In the spirit of sailors, here’s our advice to avoid cabin fever whilst you’re staying indoors. #LikeSailors

Look after yourself by eating well. Don’t forget to enjoy healthy home cooked meals. Share your cupboard cooking recipes from your galley with us @SeaCadetsUK on Instagram and TikTok, so we can help inspire each other.

Creative writing and journaling. Writing is one of the oldest pastimes for sailors. Have a go at some journaling, write down what you’re thankful for today, and list things you’ve achieved.

Take your Sea Cadets Physical Training to your home. Run through a session at home to keep active, and learn some new moves to turn into a routine.

Arts and Crafts: Turn your house into your own training ship, DIY your own coat of arms and choose a name with your family.

Stay in virtual contact with your friends. Reach out and lend an ear, to help you feel less isolated. But it’s good to remember to keep your screen time limited as you would during your usual routine.

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Katie Sewell's journey to the superyacht cadetship

Breaking the water – Former Sea Cadet, Katie Sewell, embarks as the only woman on UKSA’s Superyacht cadetship course.

Katie discovered her love of the water with Sea Cadets. Her journey started when she joined Sea Cadets Warsash (Southampton) aged 10. Now aged 18, she successfully secured a place on the UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship course. The only woman out of 20 on the course.

She made the move from her hometown in Southampton to train in Palma Majorca.

Katie says she found herself in Sea Cadets inclusive environment.

“Sea cadets changed my life by allowing me have a group of friends separate to anything else in my life. I was always bullied at school and always left out and never invited to things so to be part of the most inclusive organisation there is, I felt at home.”

Katie was promoted to Petty Officer by the end of her time at Sea Cadets and was a finalist in the CVQO Westminster award, winning a place on a life changing trip to South Africa

Katie says, there was one volunteer in particular who inspired her to be who she is today.

“My Commanding Officer has had the most incredible impact on my sea cadet journey and my career now as an adult. Adam Travell was there to believe in me, reassure me, help me out and volunteer me with things that all helped me become a Petty Officer Cadet and a confident talkative young lady, without him I don’t know what I would be like or what I would be doing.”

Sea Cadets taught Katie about getting back what you put in. Something that we’re sure will set her up well for her future Superyacht career.

“I have learned that if you put work in you get so much out, of you help someone else they will help you and if you are a good person and show you are enthusiastic then good things will come your way. Sea cadets changed my life and I will forever be grateful for it. “

We’d like to wish Katie the best of luck with her exciting career on the water ahead!

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