Adventurous training is a core part of the Air Cadet experience.
As the name suggests, it’s all about taking you out of your comfort zone and encouraging you to try new adrenaline-fuelled activities, whether it be kayaking, climbing, caving, mountain biking, or sailing.
Apart from being lots of fun, adventurous training will help you learn about teamwork and leadership.
And the varied activities are also a great way to prepare for the Duke of Edinburgh Award as hill walking, camping, map reading and navigation are also some of the many skills you’ll get to try your hand at.
You may be lucky enough to go on an overseas expedition – cadets from 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron have in the past visited South Africa on a volunteering/adventure trip and also gone climbing in the Pyrenees – or you could get involved with Durham/Northumberland Wing’s road marching team, which competes every summer in the challenging four-day Nijmegen marches in the Netherlands.
There’s no need to be nervous about joining in – safety is paramount and all activities are supervised by qualified staff.
Nothing is compulsory, however. We know that not everyone has a head for heights or likes the thought of going underground. But with such a wide range of adventurous activities to get stuck into, there’s bound to be something you’ll want to have a go at.
And we’ll do all we can to ensure you get the most out of whatever experience you do choose.