Keighley Sea cadets no longer have to stay on dry land, thanks to a £2,500 grant.
The teenagers will take to the water in a new boat funded by Bradford organisation Sovereign Health Care.
The cadet unit asked Sovereign for £2,500 to buy a Trinity 500 boat to use on Ponden reservoir.
Cadets spokesman Corinne Metcalfe said the cadets would gain enormous benefits from the boat.
She said: "It means we can get the cadets outside on the open water exercising and learning new skills.
"We currently use Ponden reservoir for our local boating activities, but due to lack of equipment time spent over the last year has been quite limited.
"The cadets will be able to learn to work together as a team and develop their self-confidence with a sense of personal achievement."
Cadet officers hope the skills developed by the teenagers will stay with them through adulthood and encourage them to lead healthy active lifestyles.
The unit, which has run a recruiting drive over the past year, plans to organise a sponsored row using the new boat.
The boat, which is expected to arrive before Christmas, will be named Sovereign.