How to get Involved

Like what you see? Want to get involved with the fun? Want to know more about what we do? Please read on...

The NTC provides nautical based training and plenty of opportunity for fun. Every year we have a National Camp (known as Shedfield) with a load of fun activities from archery to cooking, caving to water craft. The NTC is a great way to meet new friends and to do something you can be proud of. We often support our local communities at parades and carnivals as well as attending national events.

As a cadet, you can get involved with your local Ship from the ages of 8 to 18 years old. There are a range of activities, the opportunity to join a band and to learn new skills on a numerous of challenging subjects.

18 plus? The NTC always needs willing volunteers whether you have a youth group or nautical background or are just looking for a new challenge and have some spare time to give. There are a number of ways in which you could help us.

Please either visit our division page to find your local unit, or visit our contact page to contact our national secretary.

Become a Cadet (Aged 8-18)

So you've seen some of what we're all about, now its time to try it out!

If you've not had a look already, have a look at our divisions page to find your local unit.

As a cadet you will attend a deck night usually one night every week. Here you will learn a load of skills from knots and ropework, first aid, drill (marching) as well as fun and games with your new friends too. All ships have trips out and activities, most take part in carnivals and parades and there are events throughout the year the whole Corps takes part in.

Questions and Answers

Here are a few questions that new Cadets usually like to know the answers to:

Q. I'm interested but don't have any knowledge of the NTC, music or seamanship, so is there any point in me joining?
A. It doesn't matter! - we will teach you everything that you need to know. You will get to learn lots and experience a whole load of new stuff.

Q. It all looks good, but I really don't want to camp, do I have to?
A. No, you don't have to. No extra activity is compulsory, although we always like all cadets to try new experiences and achieve their full potential. Usually you will find out just how fun it is!

Q. Can I just join a band?
A. No, we want you to attend Deck Night's regularly for your unit, so that you play a full part and make the most of the opportunities available.

Q. Can I join but not come every week?
A. No, although alternative arrangements can be discussed to deal with any temporary problems that arise.

Q. I am only 8 and find the finishing time too late, what can I do?
A. We can organise an earlier finishing time if you need one.

Q. I'm not sure if I would be any good, but want to have a go, can I?
A. Yes of course! You'll have a trial period to decide if you like it before you join.

Q. Do I have to wear the uniform?
A. Yes, we expect all cadets to wear the uniform, with pride.

Become an Adult Member

The NTC wouldn't survive without the help of all its volunteers who freely donate their time. There is far more to the NTC than just the uniformed side you see. If you feel you have a business skill whether it be Press, Financial, Building, Maintenance, Fundraising or indeed any skills or time you can offer please contact us we'd love to hear from you.

We are always looking for RYA (Royal Yachting Association) qualified instructors. If you can help please contact our Boating Advisor.

If you want to help young people develop at a local ship level and have some spare time and a sense of commitment, you may have the potential to become an instructor or an officer within the Nautical Training Corps. We understand the amount of commitment that people can give will vary, so please do get in contact even just to have a chat.

You do not need a nautical or teaching background as the Corps can provide new members with any necessary information, training and instructions.

Questions and Answers

Q. I'm interested but don't have any knowledge of the NTCâ„¢, music or seamanship, so is there any point in me joining?
A. Yes, that doesn't matter - we will teach you everything that you need to know.

Q. It all looks good, but I don't want to camp, do I have to?
A. No, no extra activity is compulsory.

Q. Do I get paid to do this?
A. No, all Nautical Training Corps personnel are unpaid members.

Q. Can I help but not come every week?
A. Yes, you can either join a Ship's Management Committee or become a Registered Instructor.

Q. I'm not sure if I would be any good, but want to have a go, can I?
A. Yes, you will have a trial period to decide whether you like it before you join.

Q. Are there any checks you run before I am allowed to join?
A. Yes, when you join, you will be asked to provide two referees and we will run a police check on you. You will not be allowed to work unsupervised with the cadets until these checks have been run.

Q. Do I have to wear a uniform?
A. You do if you join as an officer, but as a committee member, or offering other professional skills you do not.

Child Protection

The Corps places the highest importance on protecting the young people in its care.

All who have unsupervised or regular supervised access to our young people are required to agree to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This provides a degree of assurance about the past of the applicant. We have taken the step of requiring checks for adults who have regular supervised access because we believe that there is a risk that trust built whilst under supervision could be abused outside the activities of the organisation.

All new adults are required to serve a period of probation, during which all access to young people is supervised, to allow the organisation to establish first hand experience of the person before s/he is allowed to take sole charge of young people.

Checking new adults is only part of the story. The Rules and Regulations of the Nautical Training Corps set out procedures to provide on going protection and re-assurance. Constant vigilance is really the only way that protection can be effectively provided to young people.

An important part of protection is recognition by others. Our training for adults includes instruction on recognising the signs of abuse and their duties in reporting to the authorities. The adults within the organisation play an important role in monitoring the young people in their charge and being constantly vigilant for, and responsive to, any issues that may arise.

National Headquarters

National Headquarters is a building that serves as the main base of operations and serves as the organisations main offices for administrative and training staff, including Resources Department. National Headquarters takes responsibility for the overall success of the organsisation and is also referred to as the NHQ.

National Headquarters,
72 Wick Farm Road,
West Sussex
BN17 7HG