Sea cadet Jade is making waves

TOP MARKS ... Jade Longstaff.
TOP MARKS ... Jade Longstaff.

A SEA cadet from Jarrow is making waves after gaining a top national honour.

Jade Longstaff, 16, is the first sea cadet in 2014 to achieve the challenging Advanced Seamanship qualification, which only 13 out of 14,000 sea cadets accomplished last year.

Jade’s achievement is part of a new national partnership between the sea cadet organisation and Carnival Corporation, the parent company of P&O Cruises and Cunard, which is supporting the seamanship qualification, enabling 14,000 cadets aged 10 to 18 to broaden their career options in the maritime industry.

The qualification tests sea cadets on their knowledge of such elements as rope work, rigging and splicing, while practical tests include working in a team to rig equipment.

Jade, who is a petty officer at South Shields Sea Cadet unit, joined the organisation at 12, because she wanted something new.

She said: “After school, I completed my advanced seamanship within my sea cadet unit.

“To gain this qualification, I had to do numerous tasks. For example, I had to learn the knowledge of rope work and know how to splice a rope. I also had to do decorative rope work, which I really enjoyed doing.

“During my time at sea cadets, I have really enjoyed meeting new people and doing a lot of competitions.

“I also enjoy band, seamanship, rowing and adventure training.”

She said: “I have gained many qualifications in the time I have been at sea cadets. I would recommend young people to aim high!”

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