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Volunteers and cadets are being encouraged to have their say on the Sea Cadet Training Programme.

The charity's training team has launched a competition with cash prizes, and is asking units to send in ideas for the New Entry Cadet to Cadet, and Cadet to Cadet First Class sessions.

All units are encouraged to have a go, and there is no limit to the amount of times you can enter.

Having your say means we can help equip even more teenagers with all the things they need to cope with and enjoy the big and changing world they're going into.




We are delighted to recognise International Women's Day, a global event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

The charity is proud of all the amazing girls and women it works with - so we have shared some of their stories below:

Ordinary Cadet Kacey-Leigh: “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. 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."

Able Cadet Ciara: “Sea Cadets has given me incredible opportunities to travel around the UK and Europe on courses, while gaining skills and qualifications that I can use on a CV and throughout life. I also met my best friends through Sea Cadets. I have made friends and memories that will last a lifetime. At Sea Cadets, everyone wants to see each other succeed and pushes each other to be the best they can be. This gives it a real family and community feel. Everyone wants the best for everyone and we care about each other.”

Able Cadet Caitlyn: “I have made new friends at Sea Cadets. One of my favourite things about it is meeting new people and learning new things. Sea Cadets has helped me to become more confident in my work. And the uniform helps to make everyone the same and more accepting.”

Cadet Sergeant Amy: “Before I joined the Royal Marines Cadets I was a quiet and not very confident person. I joined when I was 13, following in my younger brother’s footsteps, and over the years I’ve gone up through the ranks. When I passed my Sergeants Board I became the first female in Scotland to be a Cadet Sergeant and in 2017 I was chosen as the first female Section Commander at the Gibraltar Cup. I never saw myself leading the section, yet here I am. It’s a big step, but one that many others take to further their careers within the Royal Marines Cadets."

Cadet First Class Amelia: “I recently went on a voyage on TS Jack Petchey (one of Sea Cadets’ offshore vessels). I achieved more than I could imagine; my Offshore Hand Level One (Power) is something I am very proud of. Gaining more confidence and team-working skills are all things I can use at my unit and in everyday life. As I was allocated a top bunk, I soon learnt not to sit bolt upright, too!"

PO (SCC) Gayle Roberts: "I entered the Sea Cadets Corps in my late forties without having any previous involvement, other than my older children being cadets. I had an outer brick wall around me and lacked confidence and self-esteem. I distrusted anyone else, especially men. Right from the start, I have been enthusiastic and passionate and threw everything I had into the role. Joining Sea Cadets has been one of the most rewarding episodes of my life, and I hope to be involved for many years to come. To sum it all up, Sea Cadets has made me whole again. It has given me a new lease of life, and I look forward to making many more memories and making a difference to many more young people.”

Nina Guppy: “I joined the Unit Management Committee as a unit assistant. Then I was inspired to get on the water. So I signed up to some courses. I got the bug, I loved it. During my Level 2 sailing, I got hit by the boom, which put me off. But when my son asked if we could go sailing, I knew I needed to get back on the water. I have been on more courses since then, which have boosted my confidence. The more sailing I do, the more I feel like I will be able to instruct the cadets and give back to the unit. I want to do volunteering, it’s rewarding and I enjoy it, and you just fit it in. If it’s something you feel really passionate about, you find the time."

Acting Lieutenant Commander (SCC) Tracy Peel: "I have been at Sea Cadets for more than 24 years now as a cadet and volunteer, and I have worked my way up to become a District Officer and Area Staff Officer for rowing. The best thing about Sea Cadets is the skills and knowledge that I can pass onto young people in order for them to progress. It has been a great benefit to my life as I now work in a secondary school and at my interview they talked about the charity. I have gained many skills and qualifications throughout my time in Sea Cadets."



Sea Cadets has unfortunately had to take the decision to postpone the Gibraltar Cup competition, which was due to take place 2-3 March.

Due to the weather – which prompted a number of warnings from the Met Office – it was decided this would be in the interest of safety for cadets and volunteers.

Gibraltar Cup is an annual event where the best six Royal Marines Cadets detachments in the country represent their areas in a competition that assesses them on various skills.

We are seeking to reschedule the event for a later date when hopefully the weather will be little more hospitable.



Congratulations to all this year's finalists at our National Five-a-side Football Championship.

There were some fantastic performances at the event, which took place on Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, Lincolnshire.

Southern Area won three of the four categories, while Eastern Area clinched the title in the Girls Junior competition.

The results are as follows:

Boys Junior

Gold: Southern Area

Silver: Northern Area

Bronze: London Area

Girls Junior

Gold: Eastern Area

Silver: North West Area

Bronze: South West Area

Boys Senior

Gold: Southern Area

Silver: Eastern Area

Bronze: North West Area

Girls Senior

Gold: Southern Area

Silver: Northern Ireland

Bronze: Eastern Area


2 February 2018

Sea Cadets is delighted to launch the official film for #NeverOrdinary.


The campaign show young people how Sea Cadets can help them become resilient and confident, through 400 community units across the UK. These units deliver adventure on the water and a much-needed support network, which, in the short-term, can improve confidence, motivation and skills. In the longer-term, it can impact on young people’s life chances through the qualifications they gain and experiences they have, helping them to develop into teenagers who can cope with today’s complex and often overwhelming world. 

At Sea Cadets, young people aged between 10 and 17 can enjoy land-based and water-based adventure such as sailing, rowing, kayaking, first-aid training, rock-climbing and drill, as well as earn nationally recognised qualifications, sail offshore, and travel abroad on an international exchange programme. In a recent survey, 94% of parents said they felt their child’s self-confidence, motivation and team-working had “greatly improved” at Sea Cadets.

Volunteers, meanwhile, can earn qualifications while helping young people to develop and flourish. There are lots of roles to match different professions, such as helping manage finances and budgets, fundraising for the unit, organising events and building corporate relationships with local businesses. Alternatively, you could show cadets how to sail, powerboat, kayak, windsurf, play football or learn first aid. All volunteers will receive an induction and will be given training and support.

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