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 is a
prerequisite as of January 1, 2019.
Instruction & certification: Current
Lifesaving Instructors teach and evaluate most items, but only
Bronze Examiners may certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society
deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the
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.