British Columbia Search Dog Association

About British Columbia Search Dog Association

BCSDA is a volunteer, not-for-profit association dedicated to training and maintaining a network of professional Ground Search and Rescue canine teams throughout British Columbia.

Under the umbrella of Emergency Management BC, BCSDA is the only agency authorized to train civilian wilderness searching K9’s in support of Ground Search and Rescue teams throughout the province.

SAR canine teams are validated annually by the RCMP Police Dog Services and must meet the RCMP National Wilderness SAR Canine Standard at either the spring or fall training courses.

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.

New handlers wishing to attend one of our training courses must complete the basic GSAR course prior to attending, be a member of a GSAR team registered with EMBC for a minimum of two years, and provide BCSDA with a letter from their GSAR team endorsing their plan to become search dog handlers (see link below for more info on search dog handler requirements).

Next Camp

Our Fall training and evaluation camp will be held September 23-27, 2020 in Merritt. Registration is open from August 17 at 0800 PT through to August 31rd at 1900 PT. Registration is done online via the button below.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and safety protocols this is a closed camp and no observers or the general public will be permitted to attend the training sessions.

Letter in Good Standing

An annual letter of support from your SAR team is mandatory for acceptance to the camp. A copy of the letter can be downloaded here:

So you want to be a SAR dog handler...

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).