A local sea cadet tests his sailing skills

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“I joined the Sea Cadets in 2017 because my mother was a cadet and everything she told me about it interested me,” Bennett said. “My favorite part of cadets is sailing and learning new life skills as well as meeting new people. My goal with cadets is to improve my leadership skills and stay in cadets until adulthood to learn all I can from the cadet program.

Officials say sailing is one of many activities offered to young people locally, regionally and nationally with Canada’s Cadet Program throughout the year.

The Cadet Program in Canada is described as a fun and active peer-led program that gives young people the opportunity to meet new people, make lifelong friends, travel and try new things. Sea cadets are also said to learn seamanship, sailing and the traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Officials say adults are also needed to help train, administer and supervise local youth involved in Canada’s Cadet Program. They say that being part of the Canadian Cadet Program is easier than you think and a lot of fun, with the skills you learn likely transferable to your regular job. No military or cadet experience is necessary.

“For someone considering joining cadets, I say do it, because it’s a great opportunity to do things you wouldn’t normally have access to,” Bennett said.

In Red Deer, for sea cadets, call 403-342-0010 or email [email protected]. For Army Cadets, call 403-346-4331 or email [email protected]. For Air Cadets, call 403-342-2044 or email [email protected].

Story and photo credit: Captain Grant Cree, Unit Public Affairs Representative, and Sergeant George Koutsopoulos, Cadet Correspondent, Regional Cadet Support Unit (Northwest).

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