Bronze Medallion (15 hr.): challenges the
candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill,
and fitness - the four components of water rescue - form the basis
of Bronze Medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and
problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and
around the water. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant
lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.
Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age
or Bronze Star certification (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 Medallion medal,
Bronze Medallion Award crest, certification card.
Required reference material: Canadian
Lifesaving Manual. Bronze Medallion Workbook
- *The Lifesaving Society: Demonstrate knowledge of the
Lifesaving Society and awareness of its training program
- *Drowning Chain of Survival: Demonstrate knowledge of the
Drowning Chain of Survival.
- *Rescue process: Demonstrate knowledge of the Ladder Approach
and the Rescuer's Checklist and how the rescuer uses them in
- *Cold water: Demonstrate knowledge of the dangers of cold water
immersion and risk to the rescuer in cold water rescues.
- Wearing a long-sleeve shirt and long pants, demonstrate
(safely) a disorienting entry and swim 15 m. Remove and inflate
pants and form a huddle for 1 minute with two or more others.
- Wearing clothing, simulate self-rescue techniques for cold
water and moving water.
- *Swimming and lifesaving strokes:
- Swim 25 m or yd. each of: front crawl, back crawl,
- Swim 25 m or yd. each of: head-up front crawl, head-up
- Swim 25 m or yd. each of: whip kick, eggbeater, scissor kick or
inverted scissor kick.
- *Victim recognition:
- In the water, simulate the appearance of a weak swimmer, a
non-swimmer, an unconscious victim, and an injured victim.
- Recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and a
non-swimmer; and recognize an unconscious victim and an injured
- *Entries and removals:
- Demonstrate three entries with aids and three entries without
- With the assistance of an untrained bystander, demonstrate the
removal of a conscious and an unconscious victim.
- *†Defences and releases:
- In ready position, demonstrate ability to scull forward,
backward and sideways for 60 seconds.
- 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 and
- *Tows and carries:
- Demonstrate the use of three towing aids: tow a passive victim
15 m with each aid.
- Demonstrate three assistive carries and three control carries:
carry a passive victim 15 m with each carry.
- *Search: Demonstrate an effective shallow water search.
- *†Submerged victim recovery: Demonstrate recovery of an
unconscious victim from deep water: surface and carry victim to a
point of safety 5 m distant.
- *Drowning resuscitation: On a manikin, demonstrate
single-rescuer adult, child, and infant drowning resuscitation
including ability to deal with complications.
- *Rescue drill: Enter the water and swim head-up 25 m or yd. to
contact a passive victim or manikin located at the surface and
carry 25 m or yd.
- *†Endurance challenge: Swim 400 m within 12 minutes (400 yd.
within 11 minutes).
- *Risk assessment and response: While modelling safe personal
behaviour, conduct a safety assessment of an aquatic environment
and its activities. Identify and remove hazards where applicable
and intervene in unsafe activities where appropriate.
- †Rescue 1 - from land: Perform a low-risk, non-contact rescue
from land of a weak or tired swimmer located no more than 10 m
- †Rescue 2 - open water: Perform a non-contact rescue of a tired
or weak swimmer or non-swimmer in open water with a towing aid or
craft. Approach 20 m or yd. and tow 20 m or yd. to safety. Rescuer
performs appropriate follow-up procedures including treatment for
- †Rescue 3 - non-breathing victim: Perform a rescue of a
non-breathing victim located at the surface in deep water, 5 m from
point of safety. Remove victim and perform CPR on a manikin.
- *Asterisk indicates instructor-evaluated item. The † symbol
denotes the only items evaluated during a recertification.