Suncoast Squadron in Action 

Walk of Fame
Walk of Fame

Suncoast Sea Cadets prepare to finally board their chariot. After a week of training with United States Coast Guard Pilots, Mechanics, Air Survival Technicians, and many others, cadets were rewarded with a 3 hour, 400 mile flight in a C-130 Hercules.

Boot Camp
Boot Camp

All cadets are required to attend a 2 week Recruit Training. Here cadets learn discipline, military bearing, close order drill, and much more. After RT cadets will be eligible for to attend all the trainings the NSCC offers.Suncoast Sea Cadets have traveled across the country and even the world to attend trainings.

SCUBA Certification
SCUBA Certification

In 2008, Suncoast Squadron became the only unit in the country who certified all its cadets in SCUBA. Suncoast Sea Cadets were then able to take these skills on a humanitarian mission, diving at the Weeki Wachee springs and river. Suncoast Sea Cadets spent their dive time helping clean up trash that had been effecting the delicate eco-system.

Firearms saftey
Firearms saftey

Before getting on the range, all cadets first must go through a firearms safety course. Here we see to suncoast sea cadets getting One on One instruction in firearms safety and operation from NRA certified professional instructors

Range Time
Range Time

Suncoast Sea cadets get some time on the range and work toward obtaining their marksmanship ribbon and certifications

Suncoast on display
Suncoast on display

Suncoast Squadron takes great pride in its colorguard. Here we see our Guard presenting the colors a veteran day event in front of a few thousand spectators

Flag retirement
Flag retirement

This amazing picture shows a US Coast Guard HC-130 from Air Station Clearwater performing a fly-by as Suncoast Sea Cadets perform honor guard duties at a flag retirement duties at Sand Key State park

On boarding
On boarding

Cadets at Recruit Training meet their staff. For the next 2 weeks these staff will mold and guide them into molde cadets and citizens. All Suncoast Sea Cadets are expected to complete RT within their first year of joining.

Sand Key Deck Force
Sand Key Deck Force

Suncoast Sea Cadets get the unique opportunity to train for 1-2 weeks as crew members aboard US Coast Guard Small boat station Sand Key. Here they are treated as a new Coast Guardsmen, and get to see what its like in the day to day job of theses lifesavers

Maneuvers
Maneuvers

Cadets from Tactical Combat Casualty Care training advance toward their objective while keeping a look out for possible hostiles

Firefighting
Firefighting

Cadets at Emergency Response training get hands on training in firefighting

Man down
Man down

Cadets at Emergency Medical Technician training run numerous medical scenarios to hone their skills

Backboarding
Backboarding

Cadets learn the medical importance of spinal stabilization, they then get to practice on their fellow cadets

Master at Arms
Master at Arms

Master at Arms (MAA) training gives cadets a first hand look what it takes to have a career in Law Enforcement

Sand Key Sunrise
Sand Key Sunrise

Suncoast Sea Cadets stationed at USCG Small Boat Station Sand Key snap this picture early in the morning before completing daily boat checks. Suncoast Sea Cadets are very fortunate to have this privilege to be able to get an in depth look into a working military station

Colorguard in action
Colorguard in action

Suncoast Sea Cadets perform colorguard duties at the Seminole Night parade, held yearly around christmas.

C-130 pre-flight
C-130 pre-flight
Runway workout
Runway workout

Suncoast Sea Cadets received the opportunity to get an inside look at the day to day operations of Clearwater/St Petersburg International airport. Cadets climbed the FAA ground control tower to see the world from the eyes of an Air Traffic Control (ATC). Suncoast Sea Cadets then worked with the Airport Operations Manager and got the rare chance to walk on an active runway, where they decided to get in a little PT. (The Runway had been cleared by ATC)

Rescue Swimmer training
Rescue Swimmer training

Suncoast Squadron cadets pose for a quick photo with their Rescue Swimmer instruction at Coast Guard Air station Clearwater

Rescue Swimmer
Rescue Swimmer

Suncoast Sea Cadets trained in full rescue swimmer gear to get the full effect of the difficulty swimmers must go through during rescue operations

Emergency Egress
Emergency Egress

Suncoast Sea cadets learn from USCG AST's (Rescue Swimmers) about emergency egress from an aircraft that may have crashed into water

Strap in
Strap in

Suncoast Sea Cadets strap into the emergency egress chair with active duty rescue swimmers as they go through emergency aircraft exit drills.

you've been warned
you've been warned

The US Naval Sea Cadet Corps offers numerous trainings in all fields in the military, including but not limited to; EOD, Aviation, medical, culinary, firefighting, engineering, Leadership and Honor guard

Over the hill
Over the hill

Life can be an uphill battle. Why not be ready for it.

Comradery
Comradery

Cadets carry a "wounded" shipmate under barbed wire and through the rest of an obstacle course to help build a bond that will last a lifetime

Perimeter control
Perimeter control

Cadets at Seabee combat and construction school located at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, guard their camp perimeter into the night from possible attack by active duty naval personnel who had spent the past two weeks teaching them.

Semper Paratus
Semper Paratus

Suncoast Sea Cadets stationed at Small Boat Station Sand Key go on Search and Rescue missions in any and all weather conditions

#1 in the Nation
#1 in the Nation

In 2010 Suncoast Squadron has Ranked by National Headquarters in Arlington,Virginia to be number 1 in the nation out of close to 500 units. NHQ reached this ranking by adding up all the coursework, trainings, and attendance, uniform inspection and knowledge of the individual cadets

No escape
No escape

Suncoast Sea Cadets get a hands on tour of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft before their flight. Here we see a cadet strapped into a safety belt that must be worn when the tail ramp is down during flight

C-130 Flight
C-130 Flight

Suncoast Sea Cadets get an exciting opportunity to fly with USCG crews. This was the final training day as Suncoast Sea Cadets finished up a week long training into the Aviation side of the US Coast Guard

C-130 flight
C-130 flight

Suncoast Squadron cadets received the opportunity to fligh with the crew of an USCG HC-130 on a mission that ended stretching over 500 miles

Physical Training
Physical Training

Suncoast Sea Cadets must adhere to physical fitness standards that mimic the US Navy. Cadets are expected to PT at drill, training and home, to keep them in good shape for whatever may lie ahead in their future