By now, you should have read the information regarding Prospective Member, and you know Search and Rescue isn’t for everyone. It is potentially risky, expensive, as well as both physically and mentally challenging.

You must be at least 18 to join CARDA.  If you are younger,  you might consider joining California Explorer Search and Rescue (Cal-ESAR). You will be required to pass a background check by CalOES. Any felony or misdemeanor committed in last five years could disqualify you

If, after reading these pages, you are still interested in joining CARDA, please fill out and submit the following form.

2024 Regional Inquiry Update

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Contact Information

Home County (drop down list)

Dog Information

Do you have a dog now you intend to train?*
If "yes" you have a dog you intend to train, please share dog breed/mix and age.
Please describe any previous dog training experience
Please describe what characteristics your dog possesses that you believe would make your dog ideal as a working dog candidate (e.g. athleticism, intelligence, problem-solving ability, etc.)
Dog Evaluation for Search Aptitude*
Please be aware, we may ask for you to have your dog evaluated by a professional master trainer to assess their potential skills for search & rescue.

Your Profile

Are you currently a member of a California County Sheriff SAR team?*
Time & Budget*
Are you willing and able to travel up to 20,000 miles and spend up to $2,000 in first 18 months training to acquire needed skills and training?
Do you have a rugged reliable vehicle?*
Fitness Hike Test*
One of the requirements of the initial 90 days period is to pass a 8 mile hike, 500+ elevation gain with 20lb backpack, are you ready to do this?
Describe your normal physical fitness regimen (ex. hiking, swimming, biking, gym workouts, etc.)
Medical Experience*
Do you currently have any of these listed medical certifications?

How flexible is your work schedule?*
Availability to Respond*
Would you be able to depart for a search "immediately", or very little notice 24x7?

Please share your goal in joining CARDA
If you were referred to us by another CARDA member, please note their name here
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