What we do

At Sutton Coldfield we aim to give young people an experience that will help them grow into the person they want to be in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, we learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline, honesty and how to be the best version of ourselves.


You learn life skills. I was 12, very quiet and shy. Cadets makes you find the confidence. You feel part of something special. Serafina, 15


We offer a range of different activities from sailing, windsurfing and powerboating - to rock climbing, camping, and music - plus, so much more! At Sutton Coldfield you are also able to gain different qualifications that you can take with you once you leave Sea Cadets!

"It makes me feel I can do things others can't. I don't want to stay in my house every day. I want to see how the world is."

Shaun, 13

It is our priority to make sure that Sea Cadets is a safe environment young people can go to, to be themselves. Click here to find out more about how we safeguard our young people.




We deliver a range of ashore and afloat training here at Sutton Coldfield Unit, with a breadth of qualifications gained by our team of dedicated instructors!

A brief account of training delivered is:

  • An adapted and engaging module system, focusing on soft skills and personal development through nautical training and Royal Navy values,
  • Afloat qualifications, such as Sailing, Rowing, Powerboating and Kayaking, awarded by National Boating Associations such as the RYA, British Rowing and British Canoeing,
  • Specialisation Qualifications, such as: Marine Engineering, First Aid, Seamanship and more,
  • Proficiency Qualifications, such as: Mountain Biking, Music, Shooting and Piping,
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards,
  • CVQO BTEC Level 1 and 2,
  • And much more!
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