To join as an Adult Volunteer you must be at least 18 years old. If you're younger you may be able to join as either a Junior, Sea Cadet or Royal Marines Cadet.

At Hartlepool, we love helping young people launch well in today’s world. Watching cadets grow into better versions of themselves is what makes volunteering for this charity so special.

Volunteering with Sea Cadets has so many benefits. Including giving back to the community, helping young people grow into adults and gaining qualifications to teach different courses we have to offer.

We’re always looking for people to join us! Whether it’s becoming a trained instructor or just lending a helping hand, your help is always welcome! You don’t need to have a background in the navy or in water sports, you just need to have a positive attitude!


You can view a full list of our volunteer opportunities on Do It by clicking here.

Water Sports Instructors

We're looking for adult volunteers, over the age of 18, who are interested in a variety of water sports such as Sailing, Canoeing/Kayaking, Rowing, Power Boating, Windsurfing. Volunteers will either already be instructors in at least one water sport, or be willing to undergo training to achieve instructor qualifications in their chosen field. Once qualified volunteers will deliver training to cadets between the ages of 10 to 18 years old on Monday & Thursday evenings and occasional weekends.

Volunteers could choose to either become a uniformed instructor or non uniformed. A DBS application would be required which is paid for by the Sea Cadets. Free training is available for volunteers to qualify as water sport instructors in their chosen field and these qualifications are from recognised bodies such as RYA, BCU etc.

Galley/Kitchen Volunteer

We’re looking for at least two adult volunteers who would be responsible for looking after the kitchen and selling confectionery to the cadets during stand easy. The role is currently carried out by other volunteers who also have other roles within the unit, but it would be ideal to have dedicated volunteers who are willing to help.

There’s no commitment needed outside of the unit, all stock for stand easy is purchased in bulk and delivered so there’s no requirement to do any shopping in your own time.

Junior Cadet Instructors

We have a thriving Junior Sea Cadet section at Hartlepool Sea Cadets, for young people between the ages of 10 - 12. They meet alongside their Sea Cadet and Royal Marines Cadet counterparts at the unit on Monday & Thursday evenings between 6:30pm and 9:00pm.

As a Junior Sea Cadet Instructor you'll deliver sessions to the young people based upon the Junior Sea Cadet national programme. You'll help to develop young people's skills, watching their confidence grow week after week.

Whether you opt to be a uniformed leader, or wear your own clothes, you can be hands on, teaching cadets at Hartlepool Unit. You'll run lessons, activities, games, projects and events that help cadets progress through The Sea Cadets Experience, gaining qualifications and confidence as they go. A role at a Hartlepool Unit is ideal if you can support local young people on a regular basis, are happy to throw yourself into teaching activities and seek a rewarding role where you'll be the key to helping young people flourish into confident, capable young adults.