SARDA search dog training

Earlier today the Skerries Coast Guard team took up a recent invitation to attend a SARDA search dog training event at Donabate, on the banks of the Malahide estuary. This was a fantastic opportunity for the Skerries Coast Guard team to meet with several SARDA search dog handlers and observe first hand the years of rigorous training their dogs undergo.

The day proved very insightful and impressive, with the Skerries team observing several different searches over varied and challenging terrain, each time the dogs successfully locating their “missing person” with incredible skill and efficiency.

SARDA Ireland is a voluntary emergency search and rescue organisation concerned with the training, assessment and deployment of air scenting search and rescue dogs to search for missing persons. For further information on SARDA visit their website at

Skerries Coast Guard would like to sincerely thank SARDA for this opportunity to attend their training event and look forward to working with them again in the future.

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Skerries Coast Guard – a voluntary search and rescue unit of the Irish Coast Guard.