TO RAISE money for a visit to First World War battlefields, air cadets from Ryde dived into a sponsored swim.
Six cadets from the 1024 Isle of Wight Squadron challenged themselves to swim the equivalent of the Southsea to Ryde hovercraft route — 281 lengths — at the West Wight Sports Centre, raising £200 towards their trip.
Squadron chairman Sam Sturdy said: "This is a great achievement made by our young people. They completed the challenge in under one-and-a-half hours, which is a lot faster than we originally predicted.
"Money raised will be going towards the unit’s planned visit to the First World War battlefields in Belgium.
"We must say a big thank you to West Wight Sports Centre and Hovertravel for sponsoring us on the day."
The cadets have also planned a host of car boot sales to raise money for the trip and new minibus, and are looking for items to sell.
Donations of any kind can be dropped in to the cadet centre in Marlborough Road, Ryde.
The air cadets is open to youngsters aged 13 to 18. They meet on Monday and Friday at the cadet centre between 7.15pm and 9.30pm. For more information, contact 07427 629750.