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Bridgewater cadet sets sail on three-week course at HMCS Acadia

Capt. Wendy Patterson Photo - Dylan Schwartz prepares the rigging on his boat before heading out on the water.

CORNWALLIS - Dylan Schwartz of Bridgewater prepares to raise the sails on his two-person racing sailboat - called a dinghy - at HMCS Acadia, Canada's largest sea cadet summer training centre.

Cadet Schwartz is spending almost every day of his three-week basic sail course at Acadia's boat shed in Annapolis Royal learning the ropes of the sport and honing his sailing skills on the water.

Basic sail is an introduction to sailing for young cadets, but in future summers Cadet Schwartz can return to Acadia to compete in a regatta or even become a coach. Cadets at Acadia learn to sail free of charge, because accommodations, meals, equipment and of course sailboats are all provided.

Though he spends a lot of time on the water, Cadet Schwartz will also have time this summer to relax, go to the movies, hang out with friends at the cadet canteen and visit nearby attractions such as Upper Clements Park and Raven Haven beach.

At home, 13-year-old Cadet Schwartz is a member of 62 Niobe RCSCC, where he holds the rank of leading seaman and is a member of the drill team. He says sailing is his favourite thing about cadets. In his spare time, he also likes to bike.

HMCS Acadia is one of five cadet summer training centres in Atlantic Canada. Cadets from across Canada and abroad are at the training centre this summer taking part in music, sailing, seamanship, drill, and fitness and sports programs.

Through participation in the cadet program, young people develop valuable life skills in teamwork, citizenship, leadership and physical fitness while having fun and meeting new friends.

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