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Sea Cadets

Sea Cadets

Every weekend across the UK there are thousands of young people involved in Sea Cadet activities - learning new skills that will give them a head start in life.

In fact, we work with 14,000 Sea Cadets aged between 10 and 18 - and are are the UK's largest maritime youth charity, with a history dating back to 1856. 

We need your help - we need volunteers who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved and make a huge positive difference to the lives of the young people we work with.

We have lots of roles to match your skills and we offer training to help you gain more. You can speak to your local unit to find out how you can get involved. 

How you can help: 


You'll be helping cadets in a range of activities and learning new skills yourself! We have a mix of uniformed and non uniformed instructors and follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.

Unit assistants

Be the backbone of your unit helping out in lots of ways from mini-bus driver to painter and decorator.

You can learn valuable and useful qualifications as a Sea Cadet and often these are linked to national governing bodies such as: 

  • Royal Yachting Association - Sailing, Power-boating, Navigation
  • British Canoeing Union - Paddlesports
  • BTEC - Marine Engineering, Music, Public Service
  • St John's Ambulance Brigade - Youth First Aid, Activity First Aid, First Aid at Work
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold awards
  • British Sub Aqua Club - Ocean Diver, Sports Diver