The T S Taupo Sea Cadets, based at Ngatitoa Domain, are holding an open day this week to share their experiences with the community.
2011 has been a particularly busy year for the cadets, offering numerous challenges. T S (Training Ship) Taupo competed in the Central Area Sea Cadet Regatta, where skills in sailing, rowing, first aid, rifle safety and shooting, drill and more were put to the test against other units.
Taupo emerged victorious, winning overall and taking away multiple trophies.
In May, two T S Taupo cadets and an officer visited Singapore with the International Sea Cadet Exchange Programme. They toured the navy ships, spent a day at a resort island, home to the Universal Studios theme park, went to the night safari and shopped at malls and markets.
It was a great opportunity for the cadets to meet their equals from around the globe, says unit commander Vicky Saysell.
The T S Taupo unit recently teamed up with other sea cadets to pit their fears against the soaring heights of Adrenalin Forest.
Ms Saysell says throughout the year, cadets take part in courses involving sailing and leadership, providing opportunities to learn skills and make friends with cadets from all walks of life. The courses are held at military bases around the country, mainly at the Royal New Zealand Air Force base in Ohakea and the Royal New Zealand Navy base HMNZS Philomel in Auckland.
T S Taupo recently gained two R S Fevas – two-crew sailboats designed for racing. Cadets are given plenty of opportunities to test their skills in these, with a few racing in open regattas, Ms Saysell says.
The open day will be held on August 13, from 11am to 3pm, at the cadet unit in the southwest corner of Ngatitoa Domain. Mana Sea cadets meet every school term Tuesday night, from 7pm till 9pm.
Adventurous: Local sea cadets on the water at the Central Area Sea Cadet regatta.