Afloat training is the defining activity of the Naval Cadet Forces. The Royal Navy proficiency syllabus bases its training emphasis on leadership, afloat activities and adventurous training. Annual camps are held at Britannia Royal Naval College (Dartmouth), Portsmouth, Plymouth and Scotland training areas.
In addition to these camps there are over a hundred courses to choose from throughout the year, many leading to nationally recognised qualifications. As well as the afloat activities, cadets can do scuba diving try dives, mountaineering, mountain biking, rock climbing, leadership, first aid, National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), flying and there is even a band course for budding musicians. These courses are sponsored by the Navy and therefore cost a fraction of the civilian equivalent and provide individuals with the opportunity to experience living away from home on a Military establishment.