Noah Reid (left) and another cadet man a fire hose during exercises at cadet camp in Comox

Prairie teen dives into life at sea

Cadet Noah Reid got a taste of life at sea this summer. As a member of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Red Deer, Reid participated in a six-week boatswain mate course at HMSC Quadra Cadet Summer Training Centre in Comox, B.C.

Cadet Noah Reid got a taste of life at sea this summer.

As a member of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Red Deer, Reid participated in a six-week boatswain mate course at HMSC Quadra Cadet Summer Training Centre in Comox, B.C.

Training included stints aboard a Royal Canadian Navy ORCA patrol class tender vessel.

Reid said there’s a lot to learn about being a boatswain mate.

“We’re the jack of all trades. We navigate the ship.

“We make sure everything on the ship is fine,” said Reid, of Sylvan Lake, on Monday.

He also practised firefighting and flood control techniques at the Damage Control Training Facility Galiano in Esquimalt, B.C.

“My favourite part was being in the flood simulator and having gallons of water rushing out at me while my partner and I had to plug it.”

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a national youth program sponsored by the Department of National Defence and the Navy League of Canada.

Sea cadets is open to youth aged 12 to 18.

Youth interested in joining, or adults interested in volunteering, can contact commanding officer Bertine Tremblay with Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Red Deer at 126@cadets.gc.ca.

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