Most of our Dog Handlers are a Full Member of a Mountain Rescue, Lowland Rescue or HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Team. You may be able to qualify a Lowland Search Dog if you have the necessary navigational skills along with the right aptitude for training. To become a SARDA Wales Dog Handler, you must ;
Once your application has been passed by the Committee you are required to body for six months. In this time you will be monitored to ensure that you have the time and the commitment needed to train a dog. The bodying period also allows you to experience what a real casualty may go through and also the way different dogs find you in relation to the wind and where you are hiding. This time is also for you to decide whether or not being a SARDA dog handler is for you.
If you successfully complete your bodying period you will become a Trainee handler and be invited to bring your dog along for an Acceptance and Stock Test. Once your dog has passed this it will be allowed to come to SARDA Wales training, then the work really begins !
Are you up for the challenge? Contact us via the form below for an informal discussion and to request an Application Form.
Without bodies the dogs cannot train and so they are a vital ingredient! You will get a friendly welcome, free food and accommodation in North Wales for the weekend and join the team as a valued member. Some important qualities are:
Does this sound like something you would enjoy? Get in touch with us via the contact form below for an informal discussion with a member of the team
From catering at our training weekends, fundraising and generally promoting the good name of SARDA Wales, there are many ways to get involved.
Get in touch via the contact us form below if you feel you can help in any way, no matter how big or small.