Photostory #439A: Canadian Coast Guard Cadets
National Film Board of Canada
March 28, 1967
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Looking to the wide adventurous horizons of Canada's fabled arctic seas and busy coastal waterways are the officer cadets attending the Canadian Coast Guard College at Sydney, Nova Scotia. Destined to guide the future courses of the ships large and small that comprise Canada's growing 200-vessel "civil navy", they are busy taking bilingual four-year, academic and nautical educations leading to appointments as navigation and engineering officers in the technological seagoing world of tomorrow. Selected from hundreds of 16-21 year-old Canadians of fine character and physical and mental development, the chosen candidates receive intensive instruction in physics, mathematics, chemistry and history. Special professional subjects are studied to bring cadets to the required level of competency to sit the examinations for Master, Foreign Going, and Engineer First Class. For the future navigators, studying such subjects as nautical astronomy, naval architecture, hydrography, labor relations and economics, there are four-month periods at sea aboard ponderous, red-hulled icebreakers or sleek rescue craft. For cadets in engineering there are periods at sea in ship's enginerooms and classroom and workshop instruction in subjects including thermo-dynamics, electro-technology and metallurgy. For all who require it there is a complete language course in English or French so that cadets may follow their professional training during their college course and after joining a ship will be competent to conduct its business in either tongue. With the new college situated adjacent to the sea in the centre of Canada's famed Atlantic maritime provinces, the Coast Guard cadets are being trained in the time-honored proud tradition of training ships which have long been part of the vigorous sea-faring nations of the world. Today, with science and technology making the operation of a modern ship a complex business where an overall education and broad knowledge is a vital requirement for the navigation bridge and engineroom alike, the basic qualities for a seaman remain unchanged. Towards this end the college gives special attention to the encouragement of responsibility, discipline and loyalty among its cadets - a course that bodes well for the future of the world's second-largest (after Russia's) icebreaker fleet and the safety and businesslike operation of the powerful busy ships of the Canadian Coast Guard.