Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.

The turbulence of youth

The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.

For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.

Royal patronage

Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.

Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.

Scroll through our gallery to learn more about our rich history....


Birmingham Vernon Sea Cadets first opened in 1947, and celebrated it's 75th anniversary in 2017! 

Birmingham Vernon is always improving what it can offer to its Cadets and offer as much as we can to an always busy year!

We offer a variety of activities such as Ceremonial Training, Seamanship, Marine Engineering, Cook Stewards, Chartwork, Navigation, Rowing, Power Boating, Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Campcraft/Expedition Training through our Royal Marine and Duke of Edinburgh programmes and that's just to name but a few of what we can offer!

The Sea Cadet Corps as a whole offer Competitions in various disciplines/activities and as a Unit we endeavour to enter as many Competitions as we can!

As well as Unit Training Weekends that we offer, there are also weekend Courses available at different levels to offer a variety of training and qualifications. 

As well as National Courses being offered at Royal Naval Establishments across the United Kingdom, to allow better training to be given to the cadets! National Courses allow cadets to go away, where they can gain so much confidence and make new friends from all over the U.K.

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