Welcome to Sea Cadets!

Looking for a new adventure? Want to meet new people and make lifelong friends? How about learning new skills and gaining qualifications? Sea Cadets offers all this and much more. Whatever you want to do when you leave school, Sea Cadets can help get you there - and give you thrilling adventures along the way.

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Whilst you're doing this....

Orienteering across Dartmoor, travelling abroad, sailing around the UK, rock-climbing, rowing, playing in a band, learning first aid, engineering, even weather-forecasting and powerboating….  

....You'll get all this

You’ll become confident in new situations. Feel more in charge of yourself and know how to make a good impression.

You’ll find you want to listen to others with more experience in life than you because you’ll quickly see how it gets you to where you want to go.

In turn, you’ll learn how to support people who are less experienced than you, which you can use to captain a sports team and stand out in interviews.

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

And think how it would feel to be able to walk into a room and feel at ease speaking with anyone!

You’ll gain positive habits and thinking that will last a lifetime.

I don’t give up’ will become just how you think!

And skills and qualifications

Duke of Edinbrugh's Award

Royal Yachting Association qualifications

BTECs in a variety of subjects

British Canoeing Union qualifications

When can you join?

You can join as a Junior Cadet when you are 10, and enjoy summer camps and making new friends as you head towards becoming a Sea Cadet at 12, or Royal Marines Cadet at 13.


Head to our Unit Finder and put your postcode in to find the Sea Cadets units nearest to you. You can then contact them directly to arrange a visit and discuss joining up. They'll be delighted to welcome you!

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