To become a handler you must take part in regular additional training involving hill craft, navigation and comms. You will also be required to have a full, valid first aid certificate. Or you can be a member of one of the island’s emergency services that form the Isle of Man Inland Search & Rescue Group. (Police, Coastguard, Fire or Civil Defence)
The inland search and rescue group is a member of the Mountain Rescue Council for England and Wales (MREW).
Potential handlers must have been a dogs body for six months to learn about the organisation and show a commitment to the charity prior to taking on a dog. You will then need to demonstrate a high level of skill and experience in search and rescue work.
We currently have three qualified dog teams and one dog team in training.