Case Studies of Deck Cadets in the Merchant Navy.

Read about the experiences of SSTG deck cadets as they progress through their training and enter into full service at sea. Many thanks to all of our cadets for submitting their personal accounts of life in the merchant navy. 

SSTG Deck Officer

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My Cadet Training Experience with Tarmac Marine

Submitted by Sam Harms - Deck Cadet

Sam Harms
"Since the beginning of my cadetship at Tarmac Marine starting in March I have felt immediately welcomed and very comfortable being a cadet onboard the ships."

"I have learnt so much being able to see how the ships navigate and work in busy areas such as Southampton, The Thames and Liverpool."

Read more from Sam here

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Piloting the Biggest Ships

Submitted by Lee Marriott - Qualified Pilot

"Since becoming a teenager I have always wanted to become a marine pilot. I was lucky enough to witness pilotage through a family friend who was a pilot at the time and experience harbour towage through the Sea Cadets.

"Since boarding my first ship “River Blyth” with the family friend I was hooked and asked how do I become a pilot. He said I needed to go to sea… The rest is history."

Read more from Lee here

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My Story So Far

Submitted by Owen Morgan - Deck Cadet

"My en-suite cabin, my home for the next four months, was spacious with plenty of room to relax and study in comfort with good air conditioning and, of course, a sea view!

"As a qualified officer your conditions of service dictate that you will receive an excellent salary and earn at least four months leave per year.

"There are few careers that pay you while you study with fantastic career opportunities on graduation."

Read more from Owen here

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Life on Board with UASC

Submitted by Bryn Beaurain - Deck Extra Third Officer

Bryn Beaurain - deck officer
"I was treated with respect and left to get on with tasks on my own."

"Taking charge of people and learning how to manage them is something as a cadet I had never experienced but the captain and Chief Officer believed I took it in my stride."

Read more from Bryn here

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