South Tyneside sea cadets get back on the ocean wave
Sea cadets at a South Tyneside school have got themselves back on the ocean wave after the coronavirus lockdown.
Ten cadets from Boldon School found their sea legs again during a trip aboard TS Royalist after lockdon restrictions forced them into months of ‘shore leave’.
The school’s Sea Cadet unit is now looking forward to new adventures as restrictions lift further.
The school’s post-16 co-ordinator Ingrid Moir, who runs the cadet unit, said: “Ten of our cadets and two staff enjoyed the trip onboard TS Royalist.
“This was our first face-to-face activity in over 12 months, and we were the first cadets to board TS Royalist, since lockdown restrictions began in March last year.”
She added: “Our adventure was exhilarating, and many cadets are now planning a week-long voyage with the Sea Cadets.
"The impact of the trip was immediately evident. Cadets were discussing their future and career aspirations with the crew.
"One cadet who aspires to be a cook in the Royal Navy had a concersation with the Royalist cook and another who is studying IT discussed the different entry routes with the engineer.
“We have received a lot of positive feedback from parents and carers, who are proud of their youngster's achievements, and grateful to the Sea Cadet Corps, for funding this opportunity.
She added: “Some cadets were seasick and nervous but as the day passed so did their barriers to enjoying a fun filled trip, and they are now looking forward to more adventures as restriction lift."