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"We can teach teenagers to drive powerboats before they are even old enough to apply for a driving license...." Would you like to make a difference, have fun and be active? Then help us guide and mentor 10-18 year olds through nautical adventures and challenges. Our Cadets make new friends, develop leadership skills and gain useful qualifications (Duke of Edinburgh and BTECs). We have excellent facilities located next to Putney bridge. The Unit is a recognized RYA Training Centre as well as A BCU and British Rowing centre. BUT no boating experience required! The Unit has about 35 Cadets - 10 Juniors (10 -12) and 25 Seniors (12 -18) and parades 3 times per week (Tuesday Evenings for juniors, Friday Evening for seniors, and Sunday 10:00 – 16:00 for everyone.) Weekday parades are more classroom-based and our Sundays are spent on the water at Putney.


Hands-on working with the Senior Team to support the cadets in activities. This can include anything from launching a rib and other water activities to assisting with formal parades to supporting Sea Cadets Head Office to general maintenance to jumble sales. The role is hands-on. Ultimately it is about maximising the potential of each Cadet so that might require gentle support and encouragement to huge amounts of motivation.

Who will the volunteers be working with?
The Volunteers will be working with youth and the Commanding and Appointed Officers and Volunteers at the Unit (currently between 8 - 10).
The formal joining process involves CRB checks, a few Heath & safety online courses, and a short interview with the Commanding Officer. In return for your commitment, the Sea Cadets and TS Challenger can offer you a rewarding experience teaching and helping to create life long memories and experiences for the children who join us. You will get the opportunity to gain internationally recognised qualifications from the likes of the RYA and BCU.

Time commitment

One of the important things we look for in new staff is commitment. This does not mean every parade and event but to give some regular time, once a week, once a fortnight or even once a month. With a commitment, we need to know you will be there when you say which will allow us to plan various activities for the cadets around the staff we are expecting.
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This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.