Sea Cadets - South Wales District

Sea Cadets - South Wales District

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Today the SCC is the largest youth maritime organisation with units in the UK and throughout the British Commonwealth, forming part of the world wide International Sea Cadet Association. Our goals are to help young people achieve in education, thrive in employment, and have a balanced mental/physical wellbeing, whilst engaging with the wider community. We give young people adventure and experience in a nautical environment based on the strong traditions and values of todays Royal Navy. We aim to help our Cadets 'develop into resilient, confident young Adults who can succeed and thrive in today's complex world.

If you think Sea Cadets sounds like having orders barked at you, think again. Many cadets do want to learn to be a bit more self-disciplined, and our volunteers will help with that and make it fun. But they also help young people to try things they've never done before, safely, and to support them until they achieve it.


Sea Cadets is different from school. There's a lot of learning. But it's done through activities – on the water and off the water – and our volunteers leading by example.

It's also different from home, a break from screens and being cooped up inside. The platform we offer is built on the customs and traditions of todays Royal Navy. It inspires our work and commitment to supporting young people today.

Teenagers meet other cadets at events around the UK, and on trips abroad.  Get comfortable with meeting people from different places and backgrounds, and confident in dealing with new situations, which can make going out into the world so much easier later on. 

Our friendly, trained volunteers – some from a service background, many not – are role models for cadets, looking out for them, and helping to draw out anyone who's shy.

We train our volunteers with the skills required to deliver activities, from water sports, land training and classroom based such as cyber, cooking, engineering, the list is endless.  Volunteers can choose to either go into uniform or be a non-uniformed instructor, with a flexible volunteering approach you commit to whatever you are able with a choice of a number of units throughout South Wales - Barry, Cardiff, Newport, Penarth, Porthcawl, Rhondda, Torfaen.

Everyone looks after each other at Sea Cadets. There's a lot of respect in the air. And many teenagers and volunteers say it feels like a second family.

We take this responsibility extremely seriously and have robust, active safeguarding practices in place to ensure all young people feel secure and protected.

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