Nelson Sea Cadet perfects Seamanship skills

Nelson Sea Cadet perfects Seamanship skills

Sea Cadet Benji Westergreen of Nelson was at the Interior Seamanship Weekend in Trail on the weekend of 24-26 February 2017.
The Seamanship weekend had 54 cadets from five Sea Cadet Corps from the Interior of British Columbia. During the weekend the cadets perfected their Seamanship skills.

The skills they worked on were Rope Work (including whipping and splicing), Navigation, Communication with Flags &Pennants & Boson pipes, Rigging with Block & Tackle and Birthing.
Westergreen has been with the Nelson Sea Cadet Corp for two years.  He is in Grade 8 at the Wild Flower School in Nelson.
Last Summer Benji attended Basic Seamanship Course at Cadet Summer Training Centre Quadra on Vancouver Island.  In his time in Sea Cadets, Benji has also been on trip to Victoria and has been sailing many times.
Benji enjoys meeting the people from across the province and learning the new skills that Sea Cadets provide.
The Cadet program, which include Sea, Army and Air Cadets, is the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 50,000 participants across Canada. 

The cadet program accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 years who have a desire to learn more about the air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness. 

While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces.

Photo Caption: Nelson's Sea Cadet Benji Westergreen was at the Interior Seamanship Weekend in Trail on the weekend. — Submitted photo

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