Water Work ...
"The Newfoundland Dog is bred for water work, and they instinctively possess strong traits for water rescue. History documents instance after instance of heroic Newfoundlands saving human lives. So many incredible stories are recounted that it boggles the mind. Those of us who own a beloved Newfie will probably, at some time, personally witness our own instance of this instinct coming to the fore. The water rescue test for Newfoundlands was created to promote these rescue skills, and to encourage the continuation of this rescue instinct."
from: Water Work, Water Play, 2nd ed. by Judi Adler 1989
NCS has hosted an annual NCA Water Test
since 1975. The Newfoundland Club of America Water Test is a series of
exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the abilities of purebred
Newfoundland dogs in the water. Completing the six Junior exercises
earns the dog the NCA title of Water Dog (WD) Completing the six Senior
Exercises earns a Water Rescue Dog (WRD) title
Retrieve from a Boat
Take a Line/Tow a Boat