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 and Kayaking, awarded by National Boating Associations such as the RYA, British Rowing and British Canoeing

Basic Specialisations, such as Marine Engineering, First Aid, Seamanship, Navigation and more!

Proficiency Qualifications, such as Piping, Semaphore, Morse, Meteorology and more!

Duke of Edinburgh Award

CVQO BTEC Level 1 and 2

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