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CCF take to the sea and the sky

Indoor skydiving, gliding, sailing and dolphin watching were all experienced our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) this month. 

On a crisp, clear Sunday (November 7) four cadets attended the volunteer gliding school at RAF Little Risington, in which they took two flights in the Viking winch-launched gliders, and also did some flight simulator work. At the end of an exciting day, all four achieved blue wings status with a badge for their uniform. The next stage for these four will be to apply for a gliding scholarship, where they will have a week of intensive training, leading to flying solo and achieving their silver wings.

A week later (November 16) five cadets went to Portland Marina in Weymouth, where they boarded a Jeneaux Sun Odyssey 37 for a day of sailing training. They were all involved in manoeuvring the boat in the marina then out into the bay, where they put up sails, tacking and gybing. They had lunch at sail and were even escorted by a pod of dolphins! 

A further five cadets repeated the experience in Weymouth on Thursday, November 18, this time accompanied by Pilot Officer Lewis Hart. This was their first time sailing and all really enjoyed it.

Back to the skies, sort of, on November 17, when a further 12 cadets went indoor skydiving at IFly in Basingstoke.  Each had time in the wind tunnel perfecting their position and trying something new.  Even the 2nd lt Jax Snipp had a go! Again, all cadets were awarded a certificate for their efforts.

Vice Principal Neil Pouney had this to say: "We really try to offer new experiences with the Combined Cadet Force and this last week has achieved just that.  If any students were thinking about joining but not sure it's for them, why not try and see how you get on."


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