The Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) is the governing body of the Sea Cadet Corps. It is the UK’s oldest youth maritime charity, with 385 units around the UK, supporting over 12,000 cadets. Nautical training is at the heart of the Corps and is an intrinsic element of the Sea Cadet experience.
The emphasis is on helping young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. By taking part in a wide range of activities and adventure training, cadets learn the importance of teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets are encouraged to find an area in which to excel, with training in many disciplines including sailing, music, first aid, rowing, diving, marine engineering and cooking. Cadets gain valuable, nationally-recognised qualifications, which help to improve their future prospects. They take part in courses and competitions all over the UK, as well as having the opportunity to travel overseas.
Trinity House is a major supporter of the Sea Cadets, helping with the challenging task of improving the facilities of units. In the last year, Trinity House has also supported the development of a new rowing boat, which was named the Trinity500 in honour of Corporation’s support in its quincentenary year. The Trinity500 has been rolled out to Sea Cadet Units all over the UK and is proving to be extremely popular.