The CCF Royal Navy Staff took Remove cadets, not able to go away on the Duke of Edinburgh camping expedition, to try their aquatic skills at South Cerney Water Park. It was a glorious day to be on the water following a beautifully warm weekend; the lakes were mild enough not to chill anyone unfortunate enough to fall in and, fortunately, the rain held off until the moment we returned to School.

In the morning, the cadets were separated into groups putting their co-ordination and fortitude to the test through a mix of sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. (There is a difference between a canoe and a kayak; promise!) The team of instructors at the park were keen, enthusiastic, with a cracking sense of humour, and coached our remove cadets through a wonderful morning of watercrafting.

After lunch, the group worked together in teams to plan, build, test and compete in a raft-building challenge. After a brainstorming and planning session, groups were taken by boat to the island at the centre of the park where their rafts had to sink or swim! The race and challenge concluded, the cadets shrugged off their wetsuits ready to return triumphantly to the dry of Dean Close.

It was a grand day away, with a lot of teamwork, endurance, lateral thinking and competing safely on the water.