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It's Full Steam Ahead for 3 cadets from Colchester

It's Full Steam Ahead for 3 cadets from Colchester

RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course 16th - 17th February

Most people view February as a month still gripped by wintery weather. But not Colchester Sea Cadets!!!!!!!

3 cadets donned their thermals and waterproofs and took to the water at Welsh Harp Boat Station near Wembley in London. The 2 day Powerboat Course was one of the many courses on offer at the Boat Station and the first of several courses that Colchester unit plan to engage in this year.

Cadets Benjamin and Issac Pearson, and Cadet First Class Bailey Coe all passed their Level 1 qualification and now set their sights on achieving the Level 2 qualification.

Cadet 1st Class Bailey Coe Said:

"I experienced a fantastic time achieving my RYA powerboat level 1 at Welsh Harp. It was also a great opportunity to meet and befriend a fellow cadet from Watford unit. The two days were absolutely brilliant made better by the helpful staff members,they even remember how you like your coffee!"


Welsh Harp Boat Station is one of 2 London Area Boat Stations, with the other being at Royal Victoria Docks near Greenwich. Together, the two centres offer continuous development opportunities and courses in Power boating, Paddlesport, Sailing, Windsurfing and Rowing.



Please go to our picture gallery to view more of our boating pictures.

Cadets go wireless on board TS Colne Light

Cadets go wireless on board TS Colne Light

CIS Basic Course 14th- 15th February 2015

This weekend saw 5 cadets successfully complete their CIS Basic Course. The course took place at Colchester Sea Cadets and forms part of the units' wider ambition to provide a useful foundation for cadets to progress and develop whilst making it fun.

Cadets Benjamin and Issac Pearson, Ordinary Cadet Amy Jewell and Toby Gambrill and Able Cadet Hannah McCormack all achieved the qualification and now look towards achieving the next level.

Able Cadet Hannah McCormack said:

 "it was an amazing experience full of inspiring Facts which enlighten me about CIS which has encouraged me to aim for my CIS principal! The weekend was full of enjoyment and memories to be treasured, I'd encourage all cadets to attend the next one!"

Please go to our gallery to see pictures of our unit activities.

Colchester Sea Cadet Staff became students for...

Colchester Sea Cadet Staff became students for...

MAST 6th - 8th February 2015

This weekend saw 4 Colchester staff, become students for a weekend of adult development at Crowborough Army Training Camp in Sussex.

2 Staff completed their Adult Induction course which is a course designed to introduce new volunteers to the world of Sea Cadets.


2 Staff completed their Instructional Methods course which assists staff in their ability to teach cadets.

Probationary Civilian Instructor Natasha Wilson had this to say about the weekend.

"I enjoyed a highly informative weekend that both challenged and expanded my personal perspectives on life. Although there was a huge amount of information to absorb, it was delivered in a varied and interesting way that got everyone thinking and talking. The instruction team were knowledgeable and supportive throughout. Looking forward to the next module!"

Colchester also had 2 other staff members attend MAST and assisted in the delivery of some of the Core Modules.

Executive Officer for Colchester said: 

"It is always nice to go to Crowborough and help adults develop into competent and resourceful individuals back at their units. MAST weekends are always an excellent networking opportunity too. It was fantastic to see 6 Colchester staff present. It certainly goes a long way to reinforce Colchester's commitment to the wider organisation and to the development and growth of both cadets and staff."

Colchester Sea Cadets Set Sail into 2015!

Colchester Sea Cadets Set Sail into 2015!

And we're off!!!!!

That's right folks, the tinsel is down and the Christmas tree is packed away for another year.

And what a year 2014 was. When asked, the Commanding Officer PO (SCC) Elliot Robertson said:

"Whilst 2014 was a very good year for the unit, with Cadets enjoying more waterborne time than ever before and our Advex (Adventure Training) team taking First Place at the District competition, the New Year looks set to be even better, and indeed is already well on track to be our most successful year on record! Some fundamental changes to the way we operate behind the scenes and a focus on adult volunteer development will enable us to deliver an even wider experience to our Cadets! With the unit's growing confidence and capabilities and with plans for a Royal Marine Cadets Detachment to be formed in the next 12 months there simply could not be a better time to join TS Colne Light's ship's company"

2015 offers our cadets plenty of excitement including; advancements, a trip on TS Jack Petchey and TS Royalist, a visit to France and Belgium with the London Area Summer Camp, lots of waterborne, proficiency and specialisation training and plenty of TS Rebel Race training and events such as Ramsgate Week 2015. We also have lots of community events to look forward to including the Classics on the Quay event and Trafalgar Day. The unit also has a Royal Naval Parade this year, so there is plenty to look forward to.

Ordinary Cadet Daniel Estall said:

"I'm looking forward to this year at sea cadets, we are being offered so many opportunities on various exiting courses. I myself have been accepted on Jack Petchey and I personally cannot wait for the opportunity. I am also looking forward to what sounds like a fantastic summer camp in France and Belgium."

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New Unit website

New Unit website

Welcome to our new look website. It has been redesigned as part of the Sea Cadets image refresh and we hope you enjoy navigating it. Take a look and round and see what you think!