Bronze Medallion (18-20 hr.): Teaches an
understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four
components of water-rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill
and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence methods
and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased
risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types.
Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500 m timed
Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age
Star certification (need not be current).
Evaluation & certification: Current
Lifesaving Instructors evaluate most items, but only Bronze
Medallion Examiners may certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society
deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the
Candidate recognition: Bronze Medallion medal,
Bronze Medallion Award crest, certification card.
Required reference material: Canadian
* Asterisk indicates instructor-evaluated item.
- *Demonstrate accuracy in throwing buoyant aids. Throw a
distance of 8 m placing the aid within 1 m of the centre of a
target three times out of four.
- *Simulate self-rescue techniques for the following
- Moving water
- Swamped or capsized boat
- *Starting in the water, demonstrate 20 m or yd. head-up
approach, surface dive to recover a submerged victim or manikin,
and return to the starting point using a control carry to support
and carry the victim.
- *Demonstrate three defences from the front, side, and rear and
three releases from the front, side, and rear. Assume a ready
position and communicate verbally after each defence or
- *Swim head-up 6 x 25 m or yd. maintaining a consistent pace and
work-to-rest ratio. Check your pulse after the last repeat.
- *Swim 500 m or 550 yd. in 15 minutes or better using any
combination of strokes of the candidate's choice.
- *Demonstrate rescue breathing and one-rescuer cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin, including:
- Adult and child victims
- Complications in resuscitation (e.g., vomiting)
- Adaptations (e.g., mouth-to-nose, stoma)
- *a) Simulate the treatment of a conscious adult or child with
an obstructed airway. b) Simulate the treatment of an unconscious
adult or child with an obstructed airway.
- *Demonstrate the appropriate recognition and care of a victim
suffering from the following circulatory emergencies:
- Heart attack or angina
- External bleeding
- Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
- *Walk around an aquatic environment scene, evaluate the ongoing
activities, and where appropriate, model safe aquatic leisure
- Recover and immobilize a conscious breathing victim with a
suspected cervical spinal injury in shallow water. Demonstrate
recovery and immobilization with both a face-up and a face-down
victim. Recruit and direct bystanders to assist.
- *Perform a logical underwater search of a specified area to
maximum depth of 3 m.
- Perform a non-contact rescue in an aquatic situation designed
to emphasize a low-risk rescue, victim care, removals with
bystander assistance, and follow-up including contact with
- Perform a rescue of a non-breathing victim located in deep
water, 5 m from a point of safety. The situation involves an
unsupervised environment and is designed to emphasize victim care,
removals with bystander assistance, and follow-up including contact
- Perform a rescue of a distressed or drowning victim in open
water, requiring a 20 m or yd. approach and 20 m or yd. return. The
situation is designed to require either a contact or non-contact
rescue with emphasis on victim recognition and appropriate