The Drumheller Sea Cadets had their first big trip of the year late last month. The group, along with RCSC Red Deer, hit Sylvan Lake for a two-day trip that saw sea cadets practice and improve their sailing skills.

"They learn skills so they can achieve CANSail qualifications [which are] internationally recognized sail levels," explained Training Officer Elizabeth Mundell. "So, CANSail 1 or CANSail 2 is usually what they can achieve and it's internationally approved so you can go sailing in other countries."

In September, the Drumheller Sea Cadets received a special visitor -- Earle Corn, President of the Navy League of Canada stopped in at the Navy League building on 3rd Ave. W. on his way to the organization's Annual General Meeting in Rocky Mountain House. During his visit to Drumheller, he learned of the cadets' upcoming trip to Sylvan Lake and decided to stop in before heading back to Ottawa.

"We had actually a couple of visitors," said Mundell. "There was the President of the Navy League Board, as well as the Northwest Support Unit from Cadets out of Winnipeg. He's the guy who supports all of the cadets throughout all of the Northwest region."

Twenty-one sea cadets from the Drumheller squadron went on the sailing trip.

"It was the whole weekend. They had a wonderful time. I stopped in for a couple of hours on Sunday and I had about three of them say 'This is so much fun man!'"

The Sea Cadets meet in the Navy League building every Wednesday evening for lessons, general programming and a parade.

All photos are courtesy of Dave Hanik.

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