we are the SICS Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio (The Italian School of
Water Rescue Dogs)
You might already know the activities we are performing in our school;
here is a concise list of what we do:
Management of over 350 K9 units, handlers and dogs; both are requested
to renew their certificate on yearly basis.
21 people saved in 2011 to date, 14 people in 2010, over 100 in the
last few years.
Our dogs work as active K9 Rescue Units on Military Boats of the
Italian Coast Guards and Police.
Our Units are trained to operate on board of SAR helicopters of
Military Navy and Air force, with Coast Guards, with Fire Departments, with Custom Department, with Police, with 118 Emergency
We are the only one in the world to certificate our dogs to work with
helicopters; they jump from them while they
are hovering among waves and storm wind and are able to be winched from a
Hovering Helicopter to the Victim in Water.
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Training of K9 units coming from Germany, UK, France, Switzerland,
Belgium, Poland, Estonia, Japan, USA.
Organization of XXII International Edition of Newfoundland Meeting in
Milan in 2004.
Organization of the XXX International Edition of Newfoundland Meeting
that will take place on May 2012 in Molveno Lake.
Several TV Broadcasts: our activities and rescues have been showed
almost everywhere, from Mexico to Japan, from Russia
Production of severally documentaries specific on our rescue activities
with: National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ARTE
Collaboration with International Corporation like Eukanuba
USA or Trainer in preparing advertisement spots
They are heroes! They are the real water rescue dogs!
These are our standards!
Now it’s time to grow up….. And NOW it’s your turn.
We are happy to inform you about a new initiative we are launching.
“Organization of a specific training course to certificate you and your
dog as a K9 Water Rescue Unit with a SICS Certificate
With a “full immersion” stage, in four days you will be able to get all
the basic information you and your dog need to
achieve the Certificate.
In this time-frame SICS instructors will teach you the secrets to become
a real certified K9 Unit
and make you aware of your potential, not on paper, but with facts!
You will learn how to swim using some specific techniques we have
You will learn how to save people under every weather condition.
You will learn how to survive in water.
You will learn how to jump from a running rescue boat.
You will learn how to coordinate different rescue groups, cooperate
with SAR team and MRCC.
You will learn different helicopters techniques, heli jump, heli-transport.
What is needed?
You and your Dog! :)
You have just to be able to swim with your dog for 100/200 meters in
Once passed the final examination, you’ll get an International Water
Rescue Certification for you and your dog.
Now it’s your turn!
See you soon
Ferruccio e Mas (SICS Founder)