RSAYS Cadets

The Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron Cadets

“The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others.” BP

RSAYS Cadets provides a framework for personal development. We seek our youth to positively interact with other people and be active members of the club and the community. Cadets are engaged in squadron and community activities, making new friends and meeting people from different backgrounds. We find the partnerships we establish unfold a diverse range of opportunities for youth to engage in their community.

Physical Development


Social Engagement

Adventurous Journeys


Ecological literacy

Resilience and confidence

Adult Leadership

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Cadets are a uniform program with regular meetings. This distinction allows RSAYS to offer a more holistic program and be more inclusive. In addition to sailing Cadets can paddle, hike, develop survival skills, base and light weight camping, management and participate in leadership courses and expeditions. 


The RSAYS Sea Cadets are probationary members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts 

which offers program support and a network of 7.2 million members around the world.


Award Program

Physical Development


There are many reasons to learn to sail, the most important being it is a lot of fun. You embark on a partnership with nature driving your boat across the water. Sailing is invigorating, physical yet relaxing. Once you have learned the basic skills you can begin a life time of pleasure. You can travel, pass time entertaining your friends or engaging in friendly racing with the club’s community. 

There will always be something to learn and new challenges to experience.


RSAYS Cadet Sailing training is articulated through the Australian Sailing Curriculum.


The RSAYS Cadets offer both flat water and sea kayaking opportunities.

Youth can develop skills in the marina before paddling into the port river or the gulf.

As the kayaks are mobile our youth also run expeditions in the Riverland.


A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room. Robert Baden Powell. 

Cadets will learn base camping and site management.

They engage in survival camping based on scenarios such as shipwrecked.

They learn lightweight camping so they can participate in expeditions.


While Cadets are water orientated cruising the Gulf or paddling the Riverland takes youth to exciting places to explore. Youth learn bushwalking skills and add a new dimension to their explorations.


While philosophers often disagree there is unity in the value of knowledge.

In presenting knowledge we seek for children to explore, and reflect about what they are experiencing. There are many aspects to the physical activities above and we endeavour for our cadets to be informed and able to become self-directed.

Our program seeks to provide hands on experiences, social learning, and cater for multiple intelligences so each can find their own mental map.


This may range from gaining a better  knowledge of sailing, rigging and racing through to celestial navigation. Cadets also explore STEM projects, cooking, sewing, shipwrighting and marlinspike. Knowledge is a part of leadership and contributes not only to recognised training but safe practice. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu

Social Engagement

Cadets provides a framework for personal development. We seek our youth to positively interact with other people and be active members of the group and the community. Cadets will be engaged in squadron and community activities, making new friends and meeting people from different backgrounds. We believe the partnerships we establish will unfold a diverse range of opportunities for youth to engage in their community.

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Duke of Edinburgh International Award

Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey

For the Duke of Edinburgh Award there are 20 conditions that need to be met. 

        1. Must be own physical effort
        2. Self sufficient
        3. Remotely supervised by an adult *
        4. Adults may participate for OHS purposes but not interfere unless necessary for safety.
        5. Must have an aim/ project
        6. Be properly equipped
        7. Complete required training
        8. Practice must be same mode of travel *
        9. Team must plan the expedition
        10. Assessment by approved assessor
        11. Between 4-7 participants (max 8 for water)
        12. Must be right age for qualifying
        13. Patrol must have sufficient skills to participate
        14. Should be by camping
        15. Must be correct duration
        16. Normally between September  and April
        17. Must be in suitable environment
        18. Must be correct time on activity
        19. Must cook each day
        20. Presentation must be made.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life.

The Award is:

About personal development: it is a non-competitive, enjoyable, voluntary and balanced program, which requires sustained effort over time.

A non-formal educational framework which can complement formal education or offer a substitute where formal opportunities are not available.

Comprised of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold – each progressively more challenging.

Comprised of four Sections: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey, and includes a Residential Project at Gold level.


Improved educational attainment

Improving young people’s attendance at school and college, their commitment to education and their achievement levels.

Improved employability and sustainable livelihoods

Improving young people’s employability levels and ability to support themselves financially when they need to do so.


Improved health and well-being

Increasing young people’s physical fitness, and their own sense of emotional and mental well-being.


Increased participation in civic life

Increasing young people’s involvement in volunteering and community activities, and their participation in the social and political life of their community.


Social inclusion

Improving community integration, acceptance of individual differences, and increasing the access of all young people to development opportunities.


The environment

Increasing young people’s awareness of environmental issues, and involvement in sustainability initiatives.


Gender equality and the empowerment of women

Bridging the gender gap and empowering marginalised young women, building their self-worth and enabling them to demonstrate their potential.

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Ecological Literacy

We wish our youth to develop an understanding of natural systems that make the earth function.  In 2011 the Duke of Ed polled Australian Youth to learn that 75% of the award participants are worried about climate change. Our youth will need to cultivate a different mindset from the one that contributed to climate change. Our camps and programs foster ecological literacy such as how ecosystems work, and how life is supported on earth. We will also cover the difference between weather and climate as a part of camp and expedition programming. Youth participating will develop higher cognitive understanding of space, architecture, landscape, and communication and develop a healthy emotional bond with nature.

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Resilience and Confidence

Once a cadet learns something they are encouraged to teach it.

This not only re-enforces their memory of the skill but engages them in leadership.

Leadership can emerge when one is confident with skills and offers them to the group. 

As youth develop their skills we offer leadership training in order to build a tool box of communication and management skills.

The Cadets 14 years and older are encouraged to enrol in the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment.



Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN), is a youth program that has been run in the Rotary District 9670 for the past 31 years.

The main focus of RYPEN is to introduce you to some new ideas and concepts that will help you transition from being a teenager to a young adult.

Concentrating on finding your inner strength and abilities to help with those tricky situations in life where we have to jump out of our comfort zone.

We also aim to teach the life skill of Mindfulness to help look after the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of each individual. Some of the themes we cover over the weekend are:

Mindfulness,  honesty,  trust,  persistence,  contribution, tolerance,  goal setting,  giving,    team work,  meeting people, self-awareness,   self-talk,  values,  fear,  commitment.

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Adult Leadership

The RSAYS Cadets operates as part of the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron.

All members are required to follow the Child-Safe policy and Code of Conduct.

The youth programs are administered by the below management structure.

RSAYS Management Committee

RSAYS Elected members including the Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore and Treasurer who manage the operations of the entire club.

RSASYS General Manager

Reporting directly to the Management committee overseeing all staff and operations.

RSAYS Youth Committee

RSAYS Elected members who manage the operations of all youth programs.


Senior Member

Cadet Chief

Volunteer & Member

Committee Member

Junior Member

Committee Member

Junior Member

Committee Member

Intermediate Member

RSAYS Sailing & Education Coordinator

Reporting to General Manager and Youth Committee responsible for all academy operations.

Adult leadership is broken into a number of roles:

Cadet Leaders –  uniformed volunteer staff. They are responsible for operations, programing and camping.

Instructors – are certified through an appropriate body such as Australian Sailing, Paddling SA, Bushwalking Leadership SA, etc.  They may be members of RSAYS or they may operate independently. Instructors may be paid for their time as required by their service provider.

Adult Helper

Adult helpers are volunteers of RSAYS who support the program. They may have an executive role, committee, finance, or general factotum. They are often extremely valuable members of the program and qualify for the same service recognition as a leader.


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Award Program

When a new member joins RSAYS Cadets they are given an award book summarised below.

Contents                                          Page


Introduction                                         1

Cadet Investment                               3

Uniform                                                4

Boat Craft/Tenderfoot Badge          5

Bushcraft                                             6

Citizenship                                           7

Sailing                                                8-9

Marlinspike/Shipwright                   10

Boat Craft award certificate            11

Coxswain/Second Class Badge     12

Bushcraft                                           12-13

Citizenship                                        14-15

Sailing                                                16-1

Marlinspike/Shipwright                   18

Coxswain award certificate            19

 Mariner/First Class Badge             20

Bushcraft                                            21-22

 Communication                                22

Citizenship                                         23-24

Leadership                                         24

First Class Expedition                      24

Sailing                                                 25-27

Marlinspike                                        27

Shipwright                                          28

Mariner award certificate                29

Environment Badge                          30

Ocean Literacy Badges                    31-33

Other badges you can achieve       34

Notes                                                  35


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