Youngsters can get all nautical ... even in landlocked Huddersfield.
For the town has a vibrant Sea Cadets unit with plenty of opportunities for the youngsters to get out and about on the water.
The 35-strong unit, which bought rucksacks with its Wish campaign money last year, takes youngsters aged from 10 to 18.
Although based at the Territorial Army Centre at St Paul’s Street in Huddersfield, its main sailing base is at Winscar Reservoir above Dunford Bridge.
The unit meets on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6.45 to 9.15pm. The training takes in everything from drill and learning how to tie the different knots through to navigation.
They also learn first aid through St John’s Ambulance.
The youngsters are instructed in a range of craft, including sailing, kayaking, rowing and even powerboating.
The unit recently joined with Wakefield Sea Cadets to row along the canals and rivers from Wakefield to Mirfield where they pitched camp for the night.
They then rowed all the way back.
Several members have gone on to join the Royal Navy over the years.
Chairman Margaret Jones said: “Being in the Sea Cadets certainly broadens their outlook in life and teaches them both responsibility and self-discipline.
“It gives them real confidence.
“We also do the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and when everything is seen together it certainly looks impressive on their CVs.
“The young people also get the chance to go on boats off-shore where they team up with members from other units around the country.”
This includes both sailing boats and motorised craft.