Westerham Sea Cadets

Westerham Sea Cadets has been improving young people’s lives though nautical adventure and challenges since 2006. While in the sea cadets young people from varied backgrounds have been given the opportunity to gain qualifications and skills in a whole range of areas from sailing to catering, while also working by the traditions and ethos of The Royal Navy. 

The grant made by The Green Family Fund was put towards the purchase of eight kayaks and the safety equipment needed for their use. This award gave the cadets access to a new sport, as well as the opportunity to gain a new qualification in paddlesports from the organisation British Canoeing. The cadets gained the skills needed to work together as a collective to improve their abilities alone and as a team. Cadets gained a new experience which they would not normally get the opportunity to take part in. 

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“By purchasing the new equipment it has allowed our cadets to take part in the ever-changing activities and challenges set within the British Canoeing Syllabuses, Cross Stream Challenge. It has allowed the young people to become inspired to gain the self-confidence, develop life skills and independence through training, sports and adventurous activities. Paddlesport has helped them to develop teamwork whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle, wellbeing and athleticism.” 

“In a year, one young cadet aged 13, went through a particular harrowing experience which, resulted in having to give evidence in court being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and go through the heartache of her parents splitting up. Sea cadets and in particular the cadets interest in paddlesport helped her through some of the darkest moments. The cadet found that being out on the water especially kayaking gave a freedom away from all that was going on in her life, this resulted in her representing the unit in the district kayaking regatta then on to area which resulted in her coming 2nd in her category. The cadets have a team in the water polo league of which she is now the captain.” – Jan Dean