How to become a Dog Support / Navigator
The Dog Support / Navigator will learn the same skills as the Dog Handler in terms of Navigation, Radio, First Aid, Stretchers etc., and dealing with members of the family / public but obviously not the training and handling of the dog.
Before becoming a trainee all Trainee Dog Supports / Navigators will have been volunteering as a ‘body’ for at least 4-6 months before commencing training. This is necessary to gain a better understanding of the training and to get to know the rest of the team.
Here in Kent to become a trainee dog handler you must be a member of a Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) and have qualified as a Search Technician.
KSAR are responsible for responding to Kent Police to help find vulnerable missing persons and working with the Police Search Advisor deploy all the resources including search dogs. Click here to find out more.
Kent Search and Rescue will teach you all the skills required for a search and rescue technician and NSARDA Kent will train you to become a Dog Support / Navigator that works seamlessly with a dog handler to make a search dog team.
As a qualified Dog Support / Navigator you will hold Lowland Rescue and NSARDA qualifications.
Get the ball rolling
This may appear as really restrictive requirements, but peoples lives depend on the provision of a demonstrably high quality service, and it really is all worth it in the end.
It usually takes a Year to become a Dog Support / Navigator.
We are always happy to hear from experienced search and rescue personnel, who are interested in training to become a Dog Support / Navigator.
If you don’t have search and rescue experience, but would still like to become a Dog Support / Navigator do please get in touch with us.
For more information contact your nearest NSARDA Association using the contact details on their page.