Bronze Star

Bronze Star (10-12 hr.): excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400 m swim.

Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.)

Instruction & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors or YMCA Instructors teach and  certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Star medal, Bronze Star Award crest, certification card.


Bronze Star


  1. In deep water, demonstrate deep and shallow head- and foot-first entries from a height (max. 1 m).
  2. Backward roll entry wearing shirt and long pants. Swim 10-15 m or yd. remove and inflate pants. Form a huddle for 1 min. with 2 or more others.
  3. Demonstrate ability to recover an unconscious victim from deep water to the surface & carry to nearest point of safety.
  4. Demonstrate a 5 m head-up approach into a head-first surface dive to retrieve object from a depth between 2 and 3 m or yd. Surface with object and eggbeater kick 5 m or yd. to start point.
  5. Demonstrate a 25 m or yd. head-up approach into a foot-first surface dive to retrieve a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object (maximum depth 2 m). Carry object to point of entry. Exit water and demonstrate rescue breathing on a manikin.
  6. In deep water, support self at the surface for 3 minutes during which support a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object for 1 minute.
  7. Wearing a shoulder loop and line, swim a 100m individual medley in 3 min. or less (100 yd. in 2:40 min.) as follows: 25 m or yd. each of lifesaving kick, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.
  8. Swim 400 m in 12 min. or better (400 yd. in 10:45 min.) using freestyle or any combination of strokes of the swimmer's choice.
  9. Demonstrate ability to find and count pulse and respiration rates on a partner. Demonstrate ability to find and count own pulse.
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  11. Demonstrate single-rescuer CPR on a manikin.
  12. Demonstrate the immobilization of a possible spinal-injured breathing victim on land.
  13. a) Demonstrate ability to simulate in the water the appearance of a weak swimmer, a non-swimmer, an unconscious victim and an injured victim. b) Demonstrate ability to recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and a non-swimmer; and to recognize an unconscious and an injured victim.
  14. Demonstrate ability to perform and to recognize 3 different hand signals.
  15. Walk the perimeter of the aquatic facility to locate a submerged object within 30 sec.
  16. Search an area with both shallow and deep water (max. depth 2 m).
  17. With a partner, perform a low-risk rescue of a non-swimmer or a victim with external bleeding. Assist victim to safety showing ability to avoid direct contact. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.
  18. Rescue an unconscious, non-breathing victim in deep water. Return with the victim to the beach, dock or poolside. Untrained bystanders assist in victim removal. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.