S.A.R.D.A Scotland held it’s fiftieth annual assessment course from 19th to 22nd March.
Congratulations to Alasdair and Torin, Ken and Cranna and Paul and Glash, who achieved full dog grade, and to Aonach and Mark who achieved novice dog grade. Jonah and Mac also achieved novice dog grade and were awarded the Madras Trophy for the best novice dog on the course.
The weather was kind to us and, rather unusually, the volunteer ‘bodies’ were shedding layers of clothing as they went out to their areas for the day, rather than adding on layers as they normally need to do. Our equipment officer even had requests for sunscreen! Thank you to the volunteers who helped to make the course a success.
Rescue 137 Sea King helicopter from Lossiemouth came in to assist us with helicopter familiarisation, before having to leave on an urgent request for assistance. It was a sad occasion, as this will be the final time that we train with this helicopter before it is taken out of service. We would like to thank the RAF for all their assistance over the past years.
We were also very honoured to have two of our founding members visiting us at the course. Our Honorary President Hamish MacInnes spent time with us on Saturday and Kenny MacKenzie presented the certificates on Sunday. Thank you very much to them both.
Thanks also go to Brian and Ken from SARDA England who were our outside assessors for the weekend.
Finally, we would like to thank the owners and staff of the Kings House Hotel who, as always, looked after us all so well.
We will now take a break for April before our training year begins again in May.