Exmouth Sea Cadets’ call for volunteer sailing instructors

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 March 2018

Exmouth Sea Cadets HQ in Camperdown Terrace

Exmouth Sea Cadets HQ in Camperdown Terrace

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Exmouth’s sea cadets are looking for sailing instructors to help youngsters learn how to be responsible on the water.

The group has recently boosted its boating infantry with three new quest sailing boats, thought be worth thousands of pounds each.

Up until now, the sea cadets have had a single volunteer instructor who specialised in motorboats.

However, due to work commitments overseas, the club has been left with a single instructor.

Chairman of the club’s management committee, Tony Griffin, said: “It would be a shame if we couldn’t get instructors for the new boats – there are lots of instructors around so hopefully it will be easier to find one.”

Mr Griffin told the Journal that for many years the sea cadets used to have dinghies which were designed for the Royal Navy but that these were now more than 40 years old.

The sea cadets have now had to get rid of the dinghies and replace them with new Quest sailing boats and kayaks.

Exmouth Sea Cadets now has three new vessels – one was gifted to all sea cadet groups, one given as part of getting Royal Yacht Association (RYA) accreditation and the other was purchased.

The sea cadets also have a rescue boat which goes out every time the cadets take to the water, however, RYA rules dictate that there must be at least one licensed instructor present at all times.

So now the club is looking for volunteer RYA-licensed instructors.

Mr Griffin said the club currently has around 40 cadets, some which come from single parent families or live in care, and this was a good opportunity for someone to help teach them about water safety.

“They would helping youngsters learn how to sail and get a better education on what they can do on the water, added Mr Griffin.

“They would also be teaching them how to be responsible sailors when they are in the sea and to respect the water.”

Any accredited sailing instructors who can give up some time to help the Exmouth Sea Cadets should email agriffin@btinternet.com

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