Sea Cadets Information for Parents




The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a civilian youth program delivered in partnership by the Navy League of Canada and the Department of National Defence. The Sea Cadet program is open for youth between the ages of 12 and 18. There are nearly 8,000 Sea Cadets active in 230 communities across Canada.

There is no cost for Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps membership, uniforms or training materials. Cadets and their parents are required to participate in fundraising activities to support any facilities and services not provided by the Government of Canada. Cadet uniforms are provided by the Corps, and cadets are responsible for the maintenance and eventual return of their uniforms.




Sea Cadets can apply to attend a DND-operated Summer Training Centre (camp) from two to eight weeks each summer.
Not only are summer camps free to attend, but cadets may be provided a training bonus.
Senior Cadets are encouraged to apply for paid jobs as Summer Training Staff Cadets, a role that offers cadets the opportunity to mentor other cadets, build leadership skills, and have a fun-filled summer.


The National Regatta is held over four days each summer in Kingston, Ontario. The top 50 sea cadet sailors from across the country compete in the National Regatta, having qualified by competing in local and provincial/multi-provincial regattas.


Senior cadets can also apply for International Exchanges and Ship Deployments aboard Canadian Navy and Coast Guard ships. Moreover, through the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA), Cadets are able to go on exchange to several other countries which also have Sea Cadet programs.