Sea Cadets specialize in sailing, seamanship, shipboard life, naval communications, power boat handling, boat repair, and marine engineering. Selected senior cadets have the opportunity to attend international exchanges, to sail aboard a Tall Ship or participate in ship deployments aboard Canadian Navy and Coast Guard ships. Additionally, Sea Cadets can compete for a chance to participate in annual sailing regattas!
Sea Cadets also participate in ceremonial events and citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian naval heritage.
The hands-on activities, exciting challenges and leadership opportunities for Sea Cadets are many. Canada’s motto, A Mari usque ad Mare (“From Sea to Sea“) can be applied to Sea Cadets. With Sea Cadet Corps found all across the country and given Canada’s abundance of water and shoreline, the opportunities are many whether inland or on either coast. You are bound to observe a Sea Cadet making a splash somewhere, from sea to sea!
To enroll in this program, a prospective cadet must be:
- Between 12 and 18 years of age;
- A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Landed Immigrant;
- Of good character; and
- Committed to 75% attendance of weekly training.
Once you enroll in the cadet program, it is expected that you will:
-Attend all mandatory training (Tuesday night training and applicable weekends);
-Call the Commanding Officer for leave if not available;
-Adhere to the rules and regulations;
-Wear and maintain the issued uniforms as per the Sea Cadet Dress Instructions; and
-Keep a clean personal appearance as per the Sea Cadet Dress Instructions.
Vision of the Canadian Cadet Movement
We commit to develop in each and every Sea, Army, Air Cadet qualities of leadership and an aspiration to become a valued member of their community. We reinforce values necessary to prepare youth to meet the challenges of tomorrow and embrace the multi-cultural dimensions of Canada. To this end, we offer dynamic training in a supportive and efficient environment where change is a positive and essential element. We further commit to attain this vision by living shared Canadian values with particular attention to:
Loyalty - The expression of our collective dedication to the ideals of the Cadet Movement and to all its members.
Professionalism - The accomplishment of all tasks with pride and diligence.
Mutual Respect - The treatment of others with dignity and equality.
Integrity - The courage and commitment to exemplify trust, sincerity and honesty.
All of your training is based upon active participation and stimulating activities in a naval environment. As you get to know your corps, you will soon discover that the activities you do meet the following aims of the Sea Cadet program:
-Develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership.
-Promote physical fitness.
-Stimulate the interest of youth in the sea activities of the Canadian Forces.