Bronze Cross (Canada)

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Bronze Cross
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Awarded for Candidates who successfully complete the Bronze Cross program.
Sponsored by Lifesaving Society
Country Canada
Reward(s) Certificate

The Bronze Cross is a certification in water rescue that is the mainstay of the lifesaving training offered in Canada, and awarded by the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada. Before one can take the Bronze Cross course, the Bronze Medallion (Canada) is required.[1] With Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid certification, one can be an assistant lifeguard in some provinces.[2] For National Lifeguard Certification or to become an Instructor, a current or expired Bronze Cross and current Standard First Aid certification are required. The Bronze Cross endurance swim requirement is 600 meters in 18 minutes using any combination of strokes.[3]

What to know:

  • 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 mannequin, and then tow the victim 50 m (or yd) to safety.
  • Swim head-up for 2 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: Level of consciousness, Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Major bleeding, Mechanism of injury

Demonstrate secondary assessment of a victim, including: Vital signs, Head-to-toe survey, History

  • 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 2-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 hypothermia.
  • 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 immobilization.

  • Using bystanders, organize a logical underwater search of an area with both shallow and deep water to maximum depth of 3 metres.

Perform a rescue involving 2 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 2 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.


The Lifesaving Society requires Bronze Cross candidates have obtained the following certifications, which may be current or expired:


  1. ^ "Bronze Cross | Lifesaving Society - BC and Yukon". Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lifesaving Society | Bronze Cross". Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lifesaving Society | Bronze Cross". Retrieved 25 January 2016.