The motto “Honour and Skill” of the South African Sea Cadets is
proudly displayed under their badge. These words embody the core values
of the corps which are Integrity, Excellence and Service and are
instilled in the Sea Cadets via their training and interaction with
competent instructors. These three words embody the cardinal points of a
Sea Cadet’s Compass of Life and include: honesty, morality, loyalty,
responsibility, discipline, accountability, self-respect and obedience.
The Sea Cadets also teach the necessary knowledge and provides practical
skills underwritten by accredited courses necessary for those who wish
to follow a career at sea within the maritime industry.
The Sea Cadet in South Africa movement traces its origins back to the
first South African Training Ship (TS) located on Woodstock beach Cape
Town. TS Woltemade was opened on 08 June 1905. The movement spread
throughout South Africa and currently there are 15 Training Ships; 9 are
active and developing those values and skills required to ensure that
the maritime industry is provided with recruits who have a passion for
Who are the Sea Cadets?
Sea Cadets are school-going boys and girls from Grade 6 to Grade 12 who
enjoy having “Serious Fun” whilst learning leadership, self-discipline
and maritime-orientated skills as a voluntary extra-mural activity. Any
youngster irrespective of race, gender, or religion is welcome.
Where and when does the training take place?
The land-based Training Ships located around the country provide a safe
space with competent instructors at which training can take place.
Training takes place on Fridays or Saturdays or Sundays depending on the
training ship involved, with leadership camps scheduled during the
school holidays. The highlight of the year is the annual camp hosted by
the SA Navy in Simon’s Town.
What is the Training Philosophy of the Sea Cadets?
“Action Centred Learning” allied to a practical “Outcome Based
Competency Assessment” is the approach which the Instructors follow.
This ensures that Sea Cadets are able not only skilled to “Do” but also
to know “Why” they do it and how to “Use” available resources.
What do Sea Cadets learn?
Sea Cadets are taught and assessed on practical skills including:
- First Aid
- Survival at sea
- Fire Fighting
- Restricted Maritime Radio
Several of the courses are certified and accredited via national bodies
providing the Sea Cadets with the necessary certification towards their
Whilst undergoing the training they also develop their leadership, team
building and self-discipline under the watchful eye of experienced
Who provides the training?
Each Training Ship is staffed by competent volunteers, many of whom are
themselves ex Sea Cadets or parents of Cadets, and others who have
followed careers within the maritime industry, South African Navy or
have the skills that are needed to be imparted practically.
Who supports the Sea Cadets?
The South African Sea Cadet Association is
Non-Profit Company (Company
Registration Number: 2025/026649/08)
Non-Profit Organisation (057-289-NPO)
Public Benefit Organisation [including
Section 18A status] (9753846147/930039234)
It is staffed by volunteers who have a
passion for things nautical. They are supported by local communities,
parents, the maritime industry, LOTTO and the SA Navy.
Opportunities are also provided by the
maritime industry and SA Navy for Sea Cadets to experience life at sea.
Funding is raised via the Sea Cadets annual
fees and camp fees as well as via bequeaths pledges and donations.
Funding is required in order to support Sea Cadets whose families may
not be in a position to fully fund their activities.
Should you wish to contribute either
funding or materially to the South Africa Sea Cadets please contact the
National Treasurer, Mr Deon Lincoln on
082 821 9361 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or P.O. Box 7681, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, 6055.
wishing to join or assist in Sea Cadet training should
contact the Commanding Officer of the Unit within their
area for more details.
|Senior Officer Sea Cadets