The Bronze Cross award is 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 Service® (NLS) and Instructor certification.
Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion.
Evaluation: All items are evaluated by a Lifesaving Instructor and/or Bronze Examiner.
- Starting on a deck, dock or beach, perform an entry and swim a 50 m head-up approach with a shoulder loop and line, or rescue tube, to a passive victim or manikin. Tow the victim 50 m to safety.
- Swim head-up for two sets of 6 x 25 m, 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 continuously, in 18 minutes, using any combination of strokes.
A primary assessment of a conscious victim and an unconscious victim, including:
- Level of consciousness
- Major bleeding
- Mechanism of injury
Demonstrate secondary assessment of a victim, including:
- Vital signs
- Head-to-toe survey
- A primary assessment of a conscious victim and an unconscious victim, including:
Demonstrate single-rescuer adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin, including:
- Complications in resuscitation (vomiting, drowning)
- Adaptations (mouth-to-nose, stoma)
- Demonstrate two-rescuer adult, child and infant CPR on a manikin.
Simulate the treatment of:
- A conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway.
- On a manikin, simulate the treatment of a conscious infant with an obstructed airway.
- 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.
Recognition and Rescue
- Walk around an aquatic environment, 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 non-breathing victim, found in deep water with a suspected cervical spinal injury. Transport the victim to shallow water and recruit and direct a trained bystander to assist. Demonstrate rescue breathing and 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 m.
- Perform a rescue involving two or more victims. Simulate a situation where one victim requires rescuer assistance, while the other victim(s) can follow directions for self-rescue and assist as bystanders once they have reached a point of safety. Simulate a situation that is designed to emphasize communication skills, victim care, removal, and follow-up, including contact with the Emergency Medical System (EMS).
- Perform a rescue of a submerged, non-breathing victim. Simulate a situation that is designed to emphasize victim care, removal and follow-up including contact with EMS.
- Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a two rescuer situation. Swim a 50 m approach and a 50 m return. Simulate a situation that 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 with conditions that emphasize rescuer response to deteriorating circumstances. Include the use of bystanders and a 20 m approach and a 20 m return.