The Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) dates back to 1854 and aims to foster 10-18 year-olds’ interest in all things nautical and to celebrate Britain’s seafaring heritage.
What started as a well-meaning gesture by sailors – concerned for disadvantaged boys orphaned by the Crimean War – the SCC has now grown into a popular youth organisation that has 15,000 members throughout the UK. Approximately 500 cadets and 200 adult volunteers are based in the Highlands.
The SCC is governed by the Marine Society & Sea Cadets, who work in partnership with the Royal Navy to enable sea cadets to have the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting water-based activities. These include sailing, power boating, canoeing, rowing, windsurfing and diving, with frequent competitions and national regattas arranged throughout the year.
There is also the chance to enrol on publically recognised courses such as the BTEC in Marine Engineering in addition to the Royal Yachting Association’s various courses, which give sea cadets a valuable head start in life.