First Year CARDA Expenses

These are estimates of typical first year costs to handlers. As CARDA is 100% volunteer, there will be no reimbursement from the organization for any of these expenses. These expenses include neither the approximately 10 hours a week that you'll spend with your training group, nor the daily obedience training at home.

These expenses assume that this equipment will need to be purchased, if not previously owned. There are varying costs of products and we have tried to come up with an average pricing structure. Listed at the end of this section is optional equipment that some handlers choose to have, but may not need to be purchased in the first year.

Estimated Expenses

Fees:  
Pre-Apprentice registration fee $40
Apprentice application fee $20
Annual dues $60
Subtotal: $120

 

Car:  
Mileage (about 5,000 at $0.25 a mile) $1,250
Extra car service $275
Subtotal: $1,525

 

Required Equipment

Day Search Pack

Handler Equipment:  
Compass 

$50

Signal mirror (may be with compass)  
Whistle $10
GPS, handheld mapping
 $400
Backpack
 $150
Watch
 $40
Multipurpose knife $50
Headlamp
 $50
Flashlight with extra bulb $40
Spare batteries
 $20
Candle or fire starter $10
Matches in a waterproof container $10
Space blanket or equivalent $15
High calorie snack food $20
Food preparation equipment, fuel & utensils
 $60
First aid kit $200
Space blanket or equivalent
 $20
Wool or synthetic hat $20
Sturdy boots (consistent with weather and terrain) $150
Gaiters
 $50
Gloves
 $25
Helmet
$60
Rain jacket
 $150
Rain pants
 $50
Cold weather jacket
 $100
Insulating underwear layers
 $100
Waterproof bag
 $15
ANSI reflective vest
 $15
Safety googles/glasses
 $20
2 large leaf bags $5
bandana
 $5
2 locking caribiners
 $30
webbing & paracord
 $30
Duct tape, 5-10 ft.
 $5
chemical lightsticks
 $15
Insect repellent
 $10
Flagging tape
 $5
Pencil & pad
 $5
Assorted plastic bags
 $10
Tissues or toilet paper
 $5
2 quart or liter water bottles $15
Water purification $15
Subtotal: $2065

 

 

Dog Equipment:  
Collar, leash $30
Long line
 $15
Shabrack $35
Harness $20
Booties
 $30
Muzzle
 $15
Chemical light stick or equivalent $15
One food ration $5
Additional water as required $15
Subtotal: $180

 

Flight Pack / Rescue Backpack

Handler flight pack:  
Sleeping bag (appropriate to conditions) $200
Insulating pad (appropriate to conditions) $20
Ground cloth $5
One man tent or equivalent shelter (bivy bag or tarp) $200
Stove and fuel $55
Mess kit $12
Food for 3 days for handler $45
Food for 3 days for dog $5
Dog dish $15
Extra clothing and socks for weather $140
Large backpack or duffel to hold equipment $125
Subtotal: $822

 

Grand Total: $4,712

 

Optional Equipment

Warning: Some equipment CARDA considers optional may be required by your local agency, if you work with one.
Folding shovel
Seat harness
50 feet of 9 mm rope (static)
Altimeter
Toiletries
Camera and film
Extra eye glasses / sun glasses
Prescription drugs
Sam splint or equivalent material
Insect bite treatment
Anti-acid
Anti-diarrheal
Sun burn cream
Dog sling
Bringsel
Dog medications
Dog treats

 

 

 

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