“Preparing South African Youth for a Nautical
Career” – Introducing the South African Sea Cadets
Article and photos by Lt Cdr Glenn von Zeil,
SA Naval Reserves
“Honour and Skill” of the South African Sea Cadets is
proudly displayed under their badge. These words embody
the core values of the corps, Integrity, Excellence and
Service, which are instilled in the Sea Cadets via their
training and interaction with competent instructors.
These three words embody the cardinal points of a Sea
Cadet’s Compass of Life and include: Honesty, Morality,
Loyalty, Responsibility, Discipline, Accountability,
Self-respect and Obedience.
Cadets also teach the required knowledge and provide
practical skills underwritten by accredited courses
necessary for those who wish to follow a career at sea
within the maritime industry.
The Sea Cadets are led and managed by experienced
Left to right: Capt (SCC) Rupert Toms, outgoing Senior
Officer Sea Cadets, Cdr Philip Miller, Officer
Commanding TS Woltemade, Capt (SAN) Andrew Blake,
recently appointed Senior Officer Sea Cadets
The Sea Cadet
in South Africa movement traces its origins back the
first South African Training Ship, located on
Woodstock beach, Cape Town, TS Woltemade that was opened on
8 June 1905. The movement spread throughout South Africa
and currently there are 15 Training Ships, of which nine
are active and developing those values and skills
required to ensure that the maritime industry is
provided with recruits who have a passion for the sea.
Who are the Sea Cadets?
are school-going boys and girls from Grade 6 to Grade 12
who enjoy having “Serious Fun” whilst learning
leadership, self-discipline and maritime orientated
Where and when does the
training take place?
land-based Training Ships located around the country
provide a safe space with competent instructors at which
training can take place. Training takes place on Fridays
or Saturdays or Sunday depending on the training ship
involved, with leadership camps scheduled during the
school holidays. The highlight of the year is the annual
camp hosted by the SA Navy in Simon’s Town.
What is the Training
Philosophy of the Sea Cadets?
“Action-centred Learning” allied to a practical
“Outcomes-based Competency Assessment” is the approach
which the Instructors follow. This ensures that Sea
Cadets are able not only skilled to “do” but also to
know “why” they do it and how to “use” available
What do Sea Cadets learn?
Sea Cadets are taught and assessed on practical
- First Aid *
- Survival at sea *
- Fire Fighting *
- Restricted Maritime Radio *
of the courses are certified and accredited via national
bodies providing the Sea Cadets with the necessary
certification towards their chosen career.
undergoing the training they also develop their
leadership, team building and self-discipline under the
watchful eye of experienced Instructors.
Who provides the training?
volunteers, many of whom are themselves ex-Sea Cadets or
parents of cadets, staff each Training Ship. Others have
followed careers within the maritime industry, South
African Navy or have the skills that are needed to be
Who supports the Sea
African Sea Cadet Association is a Section 21 Company
(Company Registration Number: 2025/026649/08) as well as
being registered as a Non Profit Organisation
057-289-NPO, Public Benefit Organisation [including
Section 18A status] 18/11/13/833, staffed by volunteers
who have a passion for things nautical. They are
supported by local communities, parents, the maritime
industry and the SA Navy.
maritime industry and SA Navy also provide opportunities
for Sea Cadets to experience life at sea.
raised via the Sea Cadets annual fees and camp fees as
well as via bequeaths, pledges and donations.
required in order to support Sea Cadets whose families
may not be in a position to fund their activities.
Should you wish to contribute
either funding or materially to the South Africa
Sea Cadets please contact the National
Treasurer, Mr E.W. Pritchard on
082 396 3635 or
PO Box 7681, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, 6055.
wishing to join or assist in Sea Cadet training should
contact the Commanding Officer of the Unit within their
area for more details.
||Cdr P. Miller
||Sub Lt V Cooper
082 833 9421
||Lt Cdr J. Young
||S Lt R. Heidtmann
||Lt Cdr G. Daniels
||Lt Cdt J. Smit
||Lt Cdr N. Fray
||Lt Cdr S. Eriksen
||TS Prince Alfred
| Richards Bay
|St Francis Bay
||Maj Gen O. Holmes