Bronze Cross (20 hr.): begins the transition
from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for
responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and
expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles
and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze
Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in
preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a
prerequisite for advanced training in the Society's National
Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency or
Standard First Aid certifications (need not be current).
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 recommended.
- *The Lifesaving Society: Demonstrate knowledge of the
Lifesaving Society as Canada's lifeguarding experts.
- *Non-fatal drowning: Demonstrate knowledge of follow-up care
and treatment of a conscious drowning victim.
- *Shallow water blackout: Demonstrate knowledge of the cause and
prevention of shallow water blackout.
- *Assistant lifeguard roles and responsibilities: Demonstrate
knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of an assistant
- *Communication: Demonstrate effective communication with
patrons, victims, coworkers, supervisors, and emergency service
- *Two-rescuer removals: With a trained partner, demonstrate
ability to remove victims from various aquatic environments
including a removal with a spineboard.
- *Surface dives and underwater swims:
- Demonstrate a head-first surface dive (maximum depth 2 m) and
swim underwater 10 m.
- Demonstrate a foot-first surface dive (maximum depth 2 m) and
swim underwater 10 m.
- *†Team search: With bystanders, organize and participate in a
logical underwater search of both a shallow and a deep-water
- *Two-rescuer drowning resuscitation: On a manikin, demonstrate
two-rescuer adult, child, and infant drowning resuscitation
including ability to deal with complications.
- *†Spinal injury management: Respond to a breathing or
non-breathing suspected spinal-injured victim located in shallow
water or on land.
- *†Object recovery and transport: Demonstrate anaerobic fitness
and strength for an object recovery: starting in the water, swim 15
m and surface dive to recover a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object; surface and
carry the object 5 m - all within 60 seconds.
- *†Rescue drill: Starting in the water, swim head-up to recover
a submerged manikin or victim located 20 m away; surface and carry
the manikin or victim 20 m to starting point - all within 120
- *†Endurance challenge: Swim 400 m within 11 minutes (400 yd. in
- *Safety supervision scanning: While patrolling and scanning a
supervised aquatic environment, identify deficiencies, hazards, and
inappropriate patron behaviours or victim types. Intervene and
verbally report as appropriate.
- †Two-person rescue 1 - multiple victims: Respond to an aquatic
emergency in open water involving three or four victims and provide
care until relieved of responsibility.
- †Two-person rescue 2 - submerged victim: Perform a rescue of a
non-breathing victim submerged in deep water; remove victim and
provide care until relieved of responsibility by a lifeguard.
Perform CPR on a manikin.
- †Assistant lifeguard situations: As a member of an assistant
lifeguard team, respond to an emergency in a supervised aquatic
- *Asterisk indicates instructor-evaluated item. The † symbol
denotes the only items evaluated during a recertification.