202 Chilcotin Sea Cadet Dana Rook (right) sailing in the ocean off Victoria this summer.

202 Chilcotin Sea Cadet Dana Rook (right) sailing in the ocean off Victoria this summer.

Summer at sea a thrill for young sea cadet

Dana Rook became a certified sailing instructor this summer thanks to her membership in the 202 Chilcotin Sea Cadets.

Dana Rook became a certified sailing instructor this summer thanks to her membership in the 202 Chilcotin Sea Cadets.

She spent six weeks aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship HMCS Quadra at the Cadet Summer Training Centre in Victoria.

The CanSail coaching was provided completely free for the participating cadets.

This is the fourth summer Cadet Rook has participated in the six-week Advance Sail Course.

She along with 20 other Sea Cadets from across Canada, spent their time sailing, power boating, learning rope work and making new friends.

She stayed an extra week to become a certified sailing instructor.

A Grade 11 student at Lake City Secondary School, Dana joined Sea Cadets to learn how to sail and to make new friends. She enjoys being on the water.

“I love sailing and can’t believe I’m getting thousands of dollars of sailing lessons for free,” Dana says.

The eager young sailor is looking forward to getting her CanSail levels and being able to coach the next generation of sailors.

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

The program is offered to all youth in Canada ages 12 to 18 and is provided at zero cost families.

Adults interested in volunteering or youth interested in joining Sea Cadets are encouraged to contact RCSCC Chilcotin commanding officers Capt. Robert Harker at 202sea@cadets.gc.ca or by calling 778-267-7946.


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