Raleighing sea cadets to rise to any challenge

Queensferry Sea cadets at HMS Raliegh
Queensferry Sea cadets at HMS Raliegh
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Sea Cadets from Queensferry spent their half-term holiday on the south coast of England undergoing training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

The group of nearly 90 cadets and staff from Central Scotland spent the week at the National Sea Cadet Training Centre in the Royal Navy training base.

They undertook a range of courses including dealing with emergencies at sea, first aid, catering, power-boat courses and weapons training.

They also tackled an assault course, visited a decommissioned nuclear powered submarine at Devonport Naval Base and enjoyed a number of social events.

Aged between 12 to 18, the cadets mostly came from the Queensferry unit, with others from Paisley, Ayr, Dunbar and Musselburgh.

One of the exercises saw them take part in fire-fighting training and damage control exercises.

Jamie MacDonald, (12), who joined the Queensferry unit just over a month ago said: “I enjoyed the hands-on activities like the fire-fighting.

“I think I did pretty well in the assault course, crawling through tunnels and climbing over walls. It was hard work but worth it – so fun. I’ve made some good friends too.”

Another local newcomer was Ben Wilson, (13), who joined up six months ago.

He added: “I’ve enjoyed the whole experience. It’s made me feel a part of something, seeing the Navy personnel. I’ve always wanted to be part of the Navy and the Armed Forces, but this has made me want to join more.”

Some of the older cadets took part in a peer educator course to enable them to train others in their unit.

Erin Oliver-Hamilton, (14), said: “The course ran through different teaching styles and taught us how to work in a group with others.”

Co-ordinating the camp was Lieutenant (Sea Cadet Corp) Colin Butcher, commanding officer at Queensferry.

He said: “Everyone has had a great time. The Queensferry Cadets have been coming here for about four or five years.”