About our Unit
Info for Cadets
Who can join?
Anyone, boy or girl, from 12 years old
to 18. Younger boys and girls join the Junior Sea Cadets from age 10
Do you have to join
the Royal Navy or Royal Marines when you leave?
Not at all. The Sea Cadets are not a
pre-service organization, but if you do want to join one of the sea
services, the Sea Cadet Corps will support you.
What do you do?
What don't we do! Not only do we do
waterborne activities such as sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, rowing, power
boating, etc., we shoot, swim, hike, camp and fly, as well as visiting Royal
Naval ships and bases, and doing specialist courses in seamanship,
communications, engineering, physical training, and so on. As long as the
insurance covers it, there is nothing we can't do!
Do I wear a uniform?
Yes. The Sea Cadets are proud to wear
a uniform which is almost identical to the Royal Navy. Cadets are issued
with two uniforms, a working rig and a best rig.
Who is in charge?
Each unit is under the command of a
Commanding Officer, who is assisted by a team of officers, senior rates and
instructors. Any staff instructing an activity are fully trained and
qualified to do so. All staff must be approved by the Commanding Officer
before they are permitted to teach cadets. For more information about
joining a unit as adult staff, please contact the unit.
How much does it cost?
We charge a weekly subscriptions of
£1.00 which goes towards upkeep of unit headquarters. When a cadet is issued
their uniform, a deposit is paid on it of £10. The only other things
which cost are courses, but most courses cost under £15 per week, all
inclusive. All normal unit activities and boat work are usually FREE.
How come it's so
The Sea Cadet Corps is partly
subsidized by the Royal Navy and Sea Cadet Association (formerly the Navy
League) but most of its money comes from fundraising activities, as both the
Corps itself and each individual unit are registered charities.
What do I do next?
Come along to Gateshead Sea Cadets.
The staff will be only too happy to help you.