The recent creation of the Cadet Corps’ marine detachment unit allows cadets to learn about technical and practical aspects of seamanship, which will enable youths to enjoy Cayman’s rich maritime heritage.
‘Through rank structures, drills and military procedures, the cadets learn how to operate and navigate boats,’ head of the marine detachment, Lt. Robert Sutherland, said in a press release. ‘The marine detachment also educates cadets about marine conservation laws and regulations.’
The unit started with 15 cadets and is expected to grow, with a number of cadets showing keen interest, according to Lt. Sutherland. The training, which follows the academic calendar’s timeframe, includes lessons on buoyancy; learning the components of boats and engines; communications specialist courses; and other technical aspects of seamanship.
Cadets have to go through the recruiting process and work their way up, through a series of classes, in order to join the marine detachment.
‘It’s a learning process that is self-rewarding in the end,’ said Lt. Sutherland. ‘Some cadets prefer to be on land, using their maps and compasses to navigate through the forest, while others prefer to navigate through the seas. Either way, these youths take home essential survival skills.’
Lt. Sutherland thanked Royal Palms, The Ritz-Carlton, Cayman Diving School, the Cayman Islands Sailing Club and Capt. Marvins for their sponsorships, which assist the marine detachment in carrying out their water drills.
One of the Cadet Corps’ goals, according to Lt. Col. Bobeth O’Garro, is that when cadets leave, they learn what’s applicable and practical to survive in life. This is taught through first aid, field crafts and leadership training.