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Sea Cadets Sea Cadets Programme

Why this award?

Go on, get out on the water with us. You’ll experience the most exhilarating – and unique challenges. Whether it’s hoisting the sail of a yacht, navigating waves in a powered craft, or racing down a river in a kayak -nothing compares to the feeling of being out on the water, right there in the elements.

Take on challenging nautical training onshore on Britain's  waterways and at sea, where you'll pull together with other cadets to safely navigate Britain’s coastline. This is teamwork taken to another level.  

We have our own Fleet of: 2 yachts, 2 power vessels; TS Jack Petchey, TS John Jerwood, and our flag ship TS Royalist, a 29 metre brig.

Plus, from dinghy sailing in Weymouth to a dive centre in Liverpool, you can try kayaking, power boating, canoeing, rowing and windsurfing, plus diving - most of our courses are accredited too by the leading UK bodies like RYA, British Canoe Union, or the British Sub Aqua Club.

Who is it for?

There are 65 SCC Units in the Northern Area, offering opportunities for Cadets aged between 12 and 18.

What time commitment is required?

Once or perhaps twice a week (depending on the Unit), meeting in the evenings. Additionally, there are specialist courses and camps that can be attended.

Is the award externally accredited?

The Sea Cadets programme offers opportunities to achieve a wide range of water-based activity awards that are accredited by National Governing Bodies, e.g.

Royal Yachting Association: Sailing; Power-boating; Navigation

British Canoeing Union: Paddlesports

British Sub Aqua Club: Ocean Diver; Sports

Also available are Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards; St John’s Ambulance First Aid Training; BTEC Diplomas in Public Services, Music and Engineering; and leadership training to all grades of the Institute of Leadership and Management

Provider: Sea Cadets

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Budget: Free, Award Fee, Membership Subscription

For Ages: 12 - 18

Time to Complete: N/A


  • Sport
  • Volunteering
  • Music
  • Get Outdoors
  • Making friends
  • Adventure
  • Achievement
  • Develop my CV
  • Help get into College or Uni
  • Gain new skills
  • Physical Activity

Type of Involvement:

  • Overnight
  • With Others
  • Local Community
  • On my own
  • Away from home
  • Join a group

Award Recognition:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • To build skills and experience

Meeting Frequency: Weekly, Ad Hoc


Contact Sea Cadet Corps (Northern Region) on 01383 425931, or send an email.