Develop leadership, citizenship and self-confidence and a
LIFETIME OF OPPORTUNITIES
The Cadet Program is a dynamic, funded program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 across the country. Join the Sea Cadets and learn seamanship skills including navigation, how to sail, and traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Are you between 9-12 years of age? See our NLCC Prince of Wales navy cadets page.
We are back to in-person training come and join us
Meet every Monday (except holidays) from September to June.
Don Montgomery Community Centre
(in lower level gym)
2467 Eglinton Avenue East
Scarborough, ON M1K 2R1
What We Do
Invite all Canadian youth - Cadets are open to all youth age 12 to 18 that are Canadian citizens or are authorized to reside in Canada. Although, the program is expected to be physically and mentally challenging, there will be no artificial barriers developed which preclude participation based on gender, race, culture, religion, education, socioeconomic status or ability. The program will make reasonable efforts to accommodate.
Instill Canadian Military Values - The development o the Cadet Program is guided by the best of Canadian military values and ethics. These values include respecting the dignity of all people, service Canada before self, and obeying and supporting lawful authorities. Additionally, cadets will gain better appreciation of the specific values of duty, loyalty, integrity, courage, stewardship, and excellence as expected of all Canadian Armed Forces members.
Develop Citizenship, Leadership, and Fitness - the Cadet Program helps participants progressively develop into adults who contribute positively to Canadian society as leaders, while instilling a lifelong appreciation of health and fitness.
Balance Safety and Challenge - Youth and their parents will have confidence that the activities and events the Cadets deliver are challenging, yet safe. They will also be confident that the adults leading the program are of unquestionably high moral characters and are focused on the development of the cadets.
Leave a positive lifelong impact - Whether youth stay with the program for many years or for just a few weeks, it is imperative that they remember the experience positively to help guide their development as productive Canadians.
Cadets are supervised by members of the CAF in the Cadet Organizations and Administration Training Service (COATS) most of whom are among the 7,500 members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), a branch within the Reserve Force of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Every cadet corps include sailing in their training at least once a year. Sailing is a fun activity whether you are in smaller two-person boats or larger twelve-person whalers that we see in the summer at Cadet Training Centres.
Pleasure Craft Operator
Depending on the summer courses taken, Sea Cadets have an opportunity to receive a Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate, as well as a Radio License. The process of doing so is over a six-week course of fun on the water training. This certificate and license are permanent qualifications that can be used when you eventually get your own boat.
In most naval jobs, a knowledge of knots and itches are a requirement. From setting sails to tying a huge ship to a dock, knots are a useful skill throughout life as well as in our yearly Seamanship inter-divisional competitions. One of the needed skills for being on the water anywhere in the ocean would be an ability to tell where you are. Seamanship also covers cartography and compass skills.
Sea Cadets can apply to attend a Summer Training Centre for up to eight weeks each summer. Operated by DND, these Training Centres (camps) provide cadets the opportunity to further develop the skills they learn at their home corps as well as opportunities to see different parts of Canada and meet other youth from across the country. Summer Training offered to Sea Cadets includes:
General Training (2 week Introductory Course)
Basic Seamanship (3 week courses)
Basic Drill and Ceremonial (3 week courses)
Band (3 and 6 week courses)
Sail (3 and 6 week courses)
Boatswain’s Mate (6 week course)
Drill and Ceremonial Instructor (6 week course)
Sail Instructor (6 week course)
Not only are summer camps free to attend (including meals, transportation and uniforms), but cadets may be provided a training bonus. This ensure that no youth is excluded because of financial circumstance.
Experiences with the Royal Canadian Navy and beyond
Sea Cadets have opportunities to be deployed for advanced training on Canadian naval vessels and learn about many of the duties on board. From tall ship sailing vessels to coast guard ships or Canadian Navy ships, many Sea Cadets have been sent for training on vessels and came back with many stories to tell and experiences to share.