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The Royal Navy

The Royal Navy sponsors around 150 CCF sections, of which the majority are purely Royal Navy, the others are Royal Marines detachments, throughout the UK including Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. There are approximately 5,300 cadets and 640 adult volunteers.

Afloat training is the defining activity of the Naval Cadet Forces. The Royal Navy proficiency syllabus bases its training emphasis on leadership, afloat activities and adventurous training. Annual camps are held at Britannia Royal Naval College (Dartmouth), HMS Bristol (Portsmouth) and the Garelochead Training Area (Scotland). 

In addition to these camps there are over a hundred courses to choose from throughout the year, many leading to nationally-recognised qualifications. As well as the afloat activities, cadets can do scuba diving, mountaineering, mountain biking, rock climbing, leadership, first aid, NPLQ, ice climbing, skiing, flying, shooting, and there is even a band course for budding musicians. These courses are sponsored by the Navy and therefore cost a fraction of the civilian equivalent.

Where possible the courses follow the National Governing Body such as the British Sub Aqua Club for Scuba Diving and the British Canoe Union for paddlesports. Cadets routinely take part in Channel sailing, national regattas and the Round the Isle of Wight Race, achieving notable results. Cadets can use these courses to go towards the completion of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme as well as living away from home in Military accommodation.

There are Area Instructors who each support around 12 schools each. Area Instructors are all Royal Navy Chiefs who work closely with the contingents, on a weekly basis. 

Key activities

Afloat activities

Afloat activities include: RYA Certified courses in dinghy, powerboat, yacht and motor cruising. We have power and sail boats in Portsmouth, Liverpool, Faslane and Torpoint for use. All courses are under the RYA Governance and can be checked out at the RYA Website

For further information contact the CCF RN HQ Boats Officer. 

Adventurous training activities

Royal Navy and Royal Marines sections offer a range of adventurous training activities, such as paddlesports, mountain biking, mountain walking, rock climbing and scuba diving.

For further information contact AT and Diving Officer.

Other activities

These activities include: Leadership skills, Low and High Ropes, National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, Special Flying Award and try dives.

Field Days

Field days include visits to the Portsmouth Naval Dockyard including HMS Victory, DRUI (Damage repair Instructional Unit)and Firefighting, DCCT (Dismounted Close Combat Trainer – HMS Collingwood), Bridge trainer (BRNC) and Isle of Wight sail or powerboat trips.

For further information contact the Cadet Liaison Officer.

National Camps and Courses

All camps and courses can be booked on Westminster via the Defence Gateway Portal. 

For further information contact Courses Officer.