Air cadets take to the water at kayaking adventure session

Air cadets from Corby and Kettering enjoyed a day on the water during an activity event at the Rock UK Frontier Centre in Irthlingborough.

The day, featuring youngsters from 422 Corby Squadron and 1101 Kettering Squadron, joined by cadets from Market Harborough, was organised by Corby’s Pilot Officer Phil Ewers.

It was aimed at providing the cadets with teambuilding and leadership skills, as well as fun.

Kev Ritchie, from the Corby group, said: “Before the cadets hit the water, the centre staff briefed the cadets on safety in the water and in and around the grounds.

“They were then split into groups and kitted out for kayaking and raft building.”

Instructors from Rock UK took the groups through their paces in kayaking, testing their confidence and balance while the raft building group were tested on their leadership and construction skills.

Mr Ritchie added: “Despite the rain, the cadets showed great enthusiasm and teamwork throughout the day.

“Thanks to Pilot Officer Ewers and the Instructors at Rock UK for putting on a great day of activities for cadets.

“They’re already bursting to go back.”

Cadet Ryles of the Corby Squadron said, “I’ve had a brilliant day and can’t wait to tell my family what I’ve been up to.

“The Air Cadets really keep me busy and this is one of the best activities I have done so far.”

Any children and teenagers aged between 12 and 16 who are interested in becoming a Royal Air Force Air Cadet are being invited to 422 (Corby) Squadron’s open day which takes place on Saturday, October 3, between 10am and 2pm at their headquarters in St Mark’s Road.

For more information, phone the squadron on 01536 601615 or visit