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What We Do


Teaching our cadets to sail in the Crown and Feva class of boats gives the opportunity to not only learn the skill of sailing but teamwork and leadership, as they master each position on the boat, leading to a qualification as a Coxswain (Boat Skipper)

TS ACHILLES sailing in Okahu Bay
TS ACHILLES shooting at the Whenuapai Air Force Base range


Training in the safe use of firearms and marksmanship skills leads to self-discipline and confidence. We use only .22 caliber, single shot, Marlin XT Rifles, and only shoot on a controlled target shooting range. Cadets can achieve a qualification as a Shooting Coach and give instruction to their fellow cadets.

Teamwork and Leadership

Two of the most important attributes that you will fast develop being a part of the Cadet Forces. Both teamwork and leadership are important to all ranks throughout anyone’s career in the NZCF. Leadership and teamwork have a direct impact on the ability for an organisation to carry out its mission.

National Skills Competition 2018, teamwork exercises
Navy Cadets getting a tour of the Devonport naval base HMNZS Philomel

Working with the Navy

Closely aligned to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), Navy Cadets have the opportunity to experience life in the RNZN, through Ship and Base visits, and sea time on operational Navy ships as they transit between ports. Cadets are given a taste of riding the high-powered and fast J3 RHIB found on most Navy ships and so much more…

Here cadets from TS ACHILLES form a Catafalque Party for the St Heliers Anzac Service

Ceremonial parades

Participating in community activities such as Anzac Day, Armistice Day and Sea Sunday services are part of a Navy Cadet unit routine. We can also be asked to participate in public events which help us raise a community profile.

Cadet Coxswain Course 2018


The NZCF conducts week-long residential training courses covering Junior and Senior Leadership, as well as Sailing courses for both Cadets and Officers. Above, the combined Marine Safety Officer and Cadet Coxswain Course have their course photo taken.

Mast Construction

Using initiative, teamwork, and ropework skills, building makeshift Masts is just one of the skills you develop as a Navy Cadet. Here a team raise their mast before shortly raising the Sea Cadet Corp ensign as part of a Skills Competition

Skills Competition 2017 mast construction evolution
TS ACHILLES standing next to BE Esmeralda, a training tall ship belonging to the Chilean Navy

Ship Visits

Often when ships come into our Auckland ports TS ACHILLES are often invited onboard these ships for a visit, whether they be navy, merchant, famous, or foreign Navy ships. This is always an exciting experience for the cadets to get the opportunity to go onboard and look around ships that are never open for public viewing.

Cadets using a fire hose to put out a small exercise fire

Damage Control Exercises

Damage Control(DC) in cadet forces is all about learning how to understand the theory of how dangerous situations can occur and what steps can be taken to mitigate said situations. After learning the theory behind DC opportunities can often arise for cadets to get some first-hand experience dealing with real fires or other forms of DC.

First aid scenario on Exersise MASH

First Aid

All cadets receive First Aid training throughout their four-year training programme. Above, a participant in the NZCF Exercise MASH with a realistic emergency scenario in preparation for the area and national skills competitions.