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District Kayak Training and Competition

District Kayak Training and Competition

Nearly thirty young people from various Sea Cadet Units in South Wales were competing in kayaks on Barry Docks last Sunday June 2nd as Barry Sea Cadets hosted the annual Sea Cadet Kayaking Competition.

Among the winners were Barry Sea Cadets Daniel Parfitt, Joshua Morris and Jack Revell-Griffiths. Jack won the Single Marathon and then teamed up with Joshua to win the Double Sprint, while Daniel won the Open Single Sprint and the Open Boys Marathon before teaming up with Sara Keogh from Porthcawl to win the Open Mixed Double Sprint. The winners will represent the District in the Combined Sea Cadet Regatta to be held at Bristol in July.

Trained Staff

Trained Staff

Congratulations to CI's Teilo Richardson and Sam Chambers who successfully attended their Adult induction Course at SCTC Raleigh in Plymouth. PPO Gareth Crapnell is next, he will shortly be attending a Youth Development Course which will assist him in delivering training to Barry Sea Cadets.

Leading Cadet D. Parfitt is also away training at the moment on a Cook Steward 1st Class Course.

Pennant Winners!

Pennant Winners!

Following the Annual Inspection which took place in April we have been awarded a pennant.

This was shown to staff members at the staff meeting and will be on display at the unit.

Next year a Burgee!

District Drill Competition

District Drill Competition

Sunday Fedruary 10th saw members of the Barry Unit attend the South Wales District Drill and Piping Competition.

Barry came first in the unarmed drill and won best parade commanders.

New Training Syllabus

New Training Syllabus

Barry Sea Cadets will role out the Cadet Training Syllubus starting 8th January 2013. 


The Cadet Training Programme is a core programme of training and activities which will be carried out by all ‘blue jacket’ Sea Cadets. They are broken down into 144 sessions (plus 18 for New Entry Cadets) and cadets will advance through the rates, up to Able Cadet, as they complete those sessions.  It replaces what was ‘Part 1 Training’.

With the support and assistance of District staff, all units should be able to ensure that a varied and enjoyable programme of training is at the heart of their activities.

The programme:

Focuses on the ‘core subjects’ that make Sea Cadets unique and help form our identity and culture.

Will ensure that every young person who chooses to join a unit has the same opportunities to access the full ‘cadet experience’

The Cadet Training Programme lists the activities that should be delivered within each rate and provides session plans to support this; the actual programme and the order in which activities are carried out is up to the unit.

These session plans are available within each rate’s section of Training Instructions and within the training packs which have been provided to all units

Any adult who has completed their relevant Corps Modules may deliver all elements of the Cadet Training Programme.

Subjects Covered in the Cadet Training Programme

The content is a combination of core Sea Cadet Activities, things that Cadets enjoy doing and want to do more of and activities integral to the running and ethos of a unit.

These activities are broken down in more detail under each rate, and include the following:

Corps Knowledge - This section covers the history and the customs and traditions of the Sea Cadets, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, and other sea services. It also deals with any matters relating to the smooth running of the unit.  

Drill - Experience has shown that Drill is one of the best methods of teaching discipline and smartness within the Sea Cadet Corps.

Basic Seamanship - The programme contains simple bends and hitches for all compulsory elements.  It is likely that one of the main reasons why a boy or girl joins the Sea Cadets is to get in a boat, and Seamanship underpins the many waterborne activities that are available to them.

Recreational Activities - A variety of recreational activities and games are described in the session plans for the Cadet Training Programme; they should be team building, challenging, and most importantly fun.

First Aid - All Cadets will now complete the St John Ambulance Young First Aider as part of their Cadet Training Programme.

Safety within the unit - Cadets are to be taught the basic principles of Health and Safety as it applies to them.  In particular they are to be taught emergency procedures in case of fire or injury.

Adventure Training  - The Cadet Training Programme provides an introduction to adventure training and the opportunities available to them to take part in rock climbing, mountain biking and campcraft.

Waterborne Activities - In order to ensure a quality waterborne experience for Cadets, we must allow our cadets exposure to a full range of waterborne opportunities. The emphasis in the Cadet Training Programme is purely on recreational sailing to ensure that cadets spend as much time on the water as possible. 

Meteorology - The weather affects just about everything we do in the Sea Cadet Corps, particularly our waterborne activities and adventure training. Being able to predict the weather will allow us to be properly prepared.


Each activity in the programme is broken down into sessions, which are training periods designed to be delivered during a parade night. The delivery of these sessions is completely flexible and can allow for weekend, District, Area and National training.

The CTP was designed so that delivery only accounts for half the training year for most units, giving time for all the other cadet activities. Cadets will be promoted once they have completed the required sessions and any other prerequisites for the rate.


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