Drumheller Sea Cadet, Katie Hanik had an exciting week on a ship that was all made possible by the Sea Cadet Program. Only a select few of Canadian Sea Cadet members were chosen to participate on this trip.
"I was in Victoria from the tenth of March to the fifteenth of March. I applied through the Cadet Program for this trip. All the Submissions went back to the Department of National Defence. People all across Canada were applying for it and then they selected people based on their credentials through the cadet program," explained Hanik.
The weekend taught 56 other Sea Cadets how to tie knots and hoist the sails among many other ship duties. The ship left Victoria and toured the Gulf Islands on the five-day trip.
"So, when we arrived, all the Alberta kids got there a day early, so we actually got to explore Victoria a little bit which was neat. The next day everyone started to arrive and we got to meet everyone, and then we actually got to see the ship, and then we loaded it the next day. It is a completely different lifestyle there, there are people that live on the ship every day, and it was just a really cool to see," continued Hanik.
For a prairie girl, this experience widened her eyes on sea life. It was her first deployment with the Sea Cadets and she came home with many new memories.
"I got to park the ship in the harbour which was really scary because I am not a very good driver so that was kind of cool. Another cool thing was that it would normally be a $3,000 trip, but because I applied through the cadet program The Department of National Defence funded the entire trip so I was able to go for free," concluded Hanik.