Sea Cadets has taken the difficult decision to suspend all Sea Cadets activities until further notice, this reflects Government guidance to minimise social contact and all non-essential travel.
This means that unit parade nights are cancelled until further notice. The 2020 International Exchange plus any other overseas visits by Sea Cadets are cancelled. Any planned cadet training course, offshore voyage, Sea Cadets event and competitions are cancelled with immediate effect.
In positive news, we are currently working with units to develop ‘Virtual Sea Cadets’. Protocols and digital solutions are being reviewed and developed now for us to announce soon. It is our aim to remain engaged with cadets across the country, in a safe and organised manner.
Any course fees or deposits that you have paid for your cadet to participate in any of the 2020 international programme, or any of the planned cadet training courses, offshore voyages etc up to mid-day on Friday 1 May 2020 will be refunded and any related travel cancelled. We will keep this date under close review, but for the present, if your cadet has an accepted booking on a training course, offshore voyage, event or competition commencing after mid-day on Friday 01 May 2020 this will remain protected, but is frozen. This applies to all such bookings at District, Area and National level.
However, no further bookings are to be accepted at present. When the time is right we will release frozen activity and notify everybody. Unfortunately given the extent of courses impacted it is not possible to offer preference for future bookings to cadets subject to a cancellation. We will however seek to give priority of any vacant spaces to cadets who at that time are nearing ageing out.
I do ask for your patience with refunds. These may take some weeks given the large number of courses impacted, the reliance for some of this on volunteers and the difficulties of administering with units closed. But rest assured refunds will be made. I am sure your local unit will be in touch to answer any queries you may have and I encourage you to liaise with them over coming days.
Please also feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any unanswered questions. We will be working over coming days to provide further ongoing support and I will keep you updated regularly. The next few weeks are going to be testing for us all, but the charity and our amazing volunteers will be doing everything to work through this so that we can return to full delivery to our young people as soon as possible.