Bronze Cross (18-20 hr.): Designed for
lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training
including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic
facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced
training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor
certification. Includes a timed 600 m swim.
Bronze Cross is recognized as an Assistant Lifeguard
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion (need not be
current). Emergency First Aid will become an
additional prerequisite as of January 1, 2019.
Instruction & certification: Current
Lifesaving Instructors evaluate most items, but only Bronze
Examiners may certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its
certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification
Candidate recognition: Bronze Cross medal,
Bronze Cross Award crest, certification card.
Required reference material: Canadian
Lifesaving Manual. Bronze Cross Workbook
* Asterisk indicates instructor-evaluated item.
- *Starting on a deck, dock, or beach, demonstrate an entry and
swim a 50 m or yd. head-up approach with a shoulder loop and line
or rescue tube to a passive victim or manikin, and then tow the
victim 50 m or yd. to safety.
- *Swim head-up for two sets of 6 x 25 m or yd. while maintaining
a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Rest for 1 minute between
sets. Check your pulse after the last repeat in each set.
- *Swim 600 m or 650 yd. in 18 minutes or better using any
combination of strokes of the candidate's choice.
- *Demonstrate primary assessment of a conscious victim and an
unconscious victim, including:
Demonstrate secondary assessment of a victim, including:
- Level of consciousness
- Major bleeding
- Mechanism of injury
- Vital signs
- Head-to-toe survey
- *Demonstrate rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) on a manikin, including:
- Adult, child, and infant victims
- Complications in resuscitation (e.g., vomiting)
- Adaptations (e.g., mouth-to-nose, stoma)
- Demonstrate two-rescuer adult, child, and infant
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin.
- * a) Simulate the treatment of a conscious adult or child with
an obstructed airway. * b) On a manikin, demonstrate the treatment
of a conscious infant with an obstructed airway. * c) Simulate the
treatment of an unwitnessed unconscious adult, child, or infant
with an unobstructed airway.
- *Demonstrate the care and treatment of a victim suffering from
- *Walk an aquatic environment scene, evaluate the ongoing
activities, and demonstrate how to educate peers about safe aquatic
leisure choices. Evaluate and correct, where appropriate, hazardous
conditions in unsupervised areas.
- Recover and immobilize a face-down breathing victim with a
suspected cervical spinal injury found in deep water. Transport to
shallow water. Recruit and direct a trained bystander to assist.
Demonstrate the ability to manage vomiting while maintaining
- *Using bystanders, organize a logical underwater search of an
area with both shallow and deep water to maximum depth of 3
- Perform a rescue involving two or more victims. One victim
requires rescuer assistance, while the other victim(s) can follow
directions for self-rescue and assist as bystanders once at the
point of safety. The situation is designed to emphasize
communication skills, victim care, removals, and follow-up
including contact with EMS.
- Perform a rescue of a submerged, non-breathing, and pulseless
victim. The situation is designed to emphasize victim care,
removal, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
- *Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a situation in which
there are two rescuers. The rescue requires a 50 m or yd. approach
and a 50 m or yd. return. The situation is designed to emphasize
either contact or non-contact rescues, victim care, removals, and
follow-up including contact with EMS.
- Perform a rescue of a victim suffering injuries or conditions
in a situation that emphasizes rescuer response to deteriorating
circumstances and requires the use of bystanders. The rescue
requires a 20 m or yd. approach and a 20 m or yd. return.