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Update from 209 West Bridgford Sqn

Article posted: Aug 23, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Pass

For the first time in over a year Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron have progressed from the Basic Swimming Proficiency to Intermediate Level.

Eight Cadets completed the Intermediate Level by swimming 100 metres, then diving to retrieve an object on the pool floor, swim another 25 metres to a casualty and then tread water for 3 minutes. A further eight Cadets completed the Basic Level for the first time which involved a 50 metre swim and treading water for 2 minutes.

209 Wet and Wild

209’s Sports Officer, ATC Sergeant Sarah Middleton said “This was a fantastic effort by the Cadets and the first time we’ve achieved Intermediate Proficiency at unit level.”


Four Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron have spent a week at the ATC’s Adventure Training Centre in Llanbebr in Wales.

Corporals Adam Wright, Alex Curtis, Gareth Hughes and Cadet Anthony Hicks took part in a whole range of adventure training activities including climbing, canoeing, sports, mountain biking, expeditions and navigation exercises and a high ropes course.

Cpl Adam Wright said his favourite activity was the mountain biking. He said “the route up the mountain was challenging but the journey down was exhilarating!”


Flight Sergeant Joe Hammond (17) of 209 (West Bridgford) Sqn joined 120 Air, Army, Sea and Royal Canadian Army Cadets at the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park near Farnborough for the challenging Cadet Leadership Course.

The six day course began with two days of leadership training followed by two nights camping out under improvised shelters and then two days of leadership exercises. Activities over the course included orienteering, navigation exercises, log run, river crossing, raft building and taking on the assault course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Joe’s favourite activity was the escape and evasion exercise.

CFS Joe Hammond on Exercise

Joe said “The course was wicked, I really enjoyed it. I learnt lots of stuff that I can now pass on to the guys at 209.”

By CI Richard Vincett
209 Sqn Media & Communications Officer