“Being a cadet is hard. That’s the truth. I have been a cadet for a year or so now and it’s hard and it’s challenging, but it’s also exciting, adventurous and packed full of fun.
"On my first night, I found myself standing outside my unit behind a group of what I later found out were very friendly cadets. As soon as they saw me they all introduced themselves and made me feel really welcome and a lot more comfortable.
“I stayed the whole parade night and made new friends. The volunteers were so friendly and answered any questions I had, showed me where to go and talked to me all about Sea Cadets.
“There are so many opportunities within Sea Cadets, so many people to meet, courses to go on, and competitions and events to take part in. You find new interests and things you’re good at. I went sailing, and the first time was pretty scary, but I thought to myself, ‘You’re a sea cadet, you can’t be afraid of the water’, and it turned out I was silly to be. It was great and so much safer than I thought. I found a new talent of mine: I am now a level-four sailor, I have sailed offshore and I have competed in several sailing competitions and regattas.
"A lot of my life revolves around Sea Cadets and I am thankful for that, because I do so much more than anyone I know who does not go to Sea Cadets. I love it.”