Cornwallis Sea Cadets to build un­manned sub­mersible de­vice tech­nol­ogy

De­vice ex­pected to get kids in­ter­ested in un­der­wa­ter tech­nol­ogy


The 26 Royal Cana­dian Sea Cadet Corps Cornwallis are tak­ing ad­van­tage of a new pi­lot project.

Be­gin­ning in Septem­ber the group will be test­ing a project called the SeaPerch. Cadets will have to build a re­motely con­trolled ve­hi­cle (ROV) from a kit, then they will test it out.

“I think it will help get the kids in­ter­ested in un­der­wa­ter tech­nol- ogy,” said Cornwallis Sea Cadet Corp vol­un­teer Pat Smale.

The SeaPerch can be ma­neu­vered un­der­wa­ter and cadets will be able to guide the ma­chine with a con­troller. A small un­der­wa­ter cam­era can be at­tached to track the de­vice’s move­ments.

Some of the skills cadets will learn from the de­vice in­clude sol­der­ing, wiring, bal­ance and wa­ter dis­place­ment.

“When we told our cur­rent cadets about it, their in­ter­est rate peaked up.”

Cadets will be work­ing as a team, gain­ing the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal knowl­edge in­volv­ing ocean en­gi­neer­ing, un­der­wa­ter tech­nol­ogy and sub­ma­rine de­sign.

Test and train­ing dives are be­ing planned at a lo­cal pool, fol­lowed by open wa­ter dives at the Cadet Sail Cen­ter in An­napo­lis Royal.

The SeaPerch orig­i­nated as a pro­gram spon­sored by the US Navy’s Of­fice of Naval Re­search and man­aged by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Un­manned Ve­hi­cle Sys­tems In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion. Cur­rently they are used by the US Navy Sea Cadets and many US school sys­tems.

Com­pe­ti­tions are held in the US be­tween schools.

“Hope­fully if other groups get in­volved we can do a com­pe­ti­tion here too,” Smale said.

The 26 Royal Cana­dian Sea Cadet Corps Cornwallis are pos­si­bly the first Cana­dian Sea Cadet group to test the project.

They are hop­ing this project helps re­cruit youth to want to join the group.

There are very few youth in the group from the Digby area and they would like to see more to come in the fu­ture. Youth ages 12 to 18 are wel­come to join the Sea Cadet Corp and par­tic­i­pate.

Meet­ings are every Wed­nes­day even­ing at Cham­plain Hall, An­napo­lis Basin Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, Cornwallis

The cur­rent sea­son ends in June but will start again in Septem­ber.

Con­tact Lt.(N) Dar­ren Ashe at 902-247-2033 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

For gen­eral in­for­ma­tion on Canada’s Cadets pro­gram go to and for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the SeaPerch ROV go to

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