The Association grew in membership, and with its growth came a gradual acceptance of the value of the Search Dog Teams as part of an overall mountain rescue search capability, and an understanding of their special abilities.
In November 1977, as a result of a members referendum, it was decided to split SARDA into three Associations, representing England, Scotland and Wales. In 1983, the All Ireland SARDA was formed. Scotland operates as two associations, SARDA Southern Scotland, and SARDA Scotland.
In 1992, SARDA Lakes became an autonomous association in its own right, and changed its name in Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs, to reflect our close ties with the local rescue Teams.