A Mandurah volunteer rescue service is offering a cadet program for the region’s youngsters to learn invaluable practical skills and positive values.
The Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue Group keep ocean-goers safe and are committed to handed their skills down to the next generation.
The group’s cadet program has been running since October 2008 for teenagers aged 12-18.
Public relations officer Nigel Haines said the training provided the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and initiative skills, community responsibility and service.
“Part of the training includes basic navigation skills, radio communications, basic first aid as well as basic seamanship skills,” he said.
“The VMR group has just received two new zodiac boats for the cadets, with two more expected to be delivered before summer.
“Training on these vessels focuses on boating safety and day and night time navigation.”
A visit to HMAS Stirling at Garden Island has been arranged for the upcoming school holidays, which will give cadets an insight into what life is like in the Navy.
Cadets can also get points to be used towards Duke of Edinburgh Schemes and similar school programs.
The program is open to anyone aged 12-18, regardless of their level of knowledge or skill.
Cadets meet at the VMR base at 185 Breakwater Parade in Mandurah on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm.
For more information contact the cadet co-ordinator on 0435 518 190 or visit www.mandurahvmr.com.