Our Spring camp will be held on 18-22 March 2020 at Stillwood Camp and Conference Center 44005 Watt Rd, Lindell Beach, BC V2R 4X9. Registration is open from February 9th at 0800 PT through to February 22nd at 1900 PT. Registration is done online via the following link:
Fall dates in Sept 2020 to be announced in April
An annual letter of support from your SAR time is also required. A copy of the letter can be dowloaded here: Letter In Good Standing
About British Columbia Search Dog Association
We are an all volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to training and maintaining a network of professional Ground Search and Rescue dog teams throughout BC.
Our association is not directly affiliated with Emergency Management BC but does provide a framework to promote a high level of competence and professionalism for dog team involved in GSAR in BC.
The BC Search Dog Association is an organization of very dedicated individuals who train dogs for search and rescue in BC. The profiles that we train for are wilderness area search and tracking.
Dog teams are validated annually at either our spring or fall training sessions by members of the RCMP Police Dog Service.
Validated Search Dog Teams are all members of their local Ground Search and Rescue teams and respond to tasking requests through the Provincial Emergency Program, as requested by the RCMP.
We welcome new handlers to our training weekends for puppy/new dog assessments but there are some prerequisites. New handlers wishing to attend one of our weekends must complete the basic GSAR course prior to attending, be a member of a GSAR team registered with EMBC, and provide BCSDA with a letter from their GSAR group endorsing their plan to become search dog handlers (see link below for more info on search dog handler requirements).
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