Bideford Sea Cadets seek recruits

Exciting opportunities on offer for young people and adults alike at TS Revenge in Bideford.

NEW horizons await recruits of all ages who are willing to join the ranks of Bideford and District Sea Cadets.

The unit at TS Revenge in Park Lane, Bideford, is keen to introduce the next generation of young people aged 10-18 to a variety of opportunities for developing new skills, having fun, making friends, building self confidence and taking part in a range of exciting activities.

Cadet numbers have dropped this year due to seniors reaching the maximum age and leaving to pursue education and employment out of the area.

Bideford cadets meet at TS Revenge on Tuesday evenings from 6.45-9.15pm for juniors and seniors, plus Thursdays at the same time for seniors only.

Girls or boys are equally welcome and anyone who would like to find out more is invited to call in at the unit on a Tuesday evening for an informal visit.

A huge range of activities includes sailing, power boating, seamanship skills, swimming and offshore sailing expedition training.

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There is also camping, meteorology, first aid, chart work, communications and visits to naval vessels and bases, drills and parades, plus plenty of social events such as barbecues, discos or bowling.

Young people can gain a variety of qualifications such as BTEC Public Service, Duke of Edinburgh awards and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certificates.

“This time of year is a great time to join as the water sports season will soon be starting and theory training courses are being organised,” said Debbie Luker, parent representative for Bideford Sea Cadets.

“The unit is at its most active during the spring and summer months and cadets can make the most of what the unit has to offer.

“We are also inviting adults to join as volunteers, either as civilian staff or to become uniformed staff after training. Various jobs are available from teaching to administration, boat maintenance and fundraising. The opportunities open to cadets are also open to adults. A criminal records check is required.”

To find out more, call Bideford Sea Cadet Unit on 01237 429744 or visit

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