Bronze Cross Course

Bronze Cross Course Overview

The Bronze Cross course is a part of Lifesaving Courses by Aquastream takes an average of 20 hours and teaches lifesavers the challenge of more advanced training. The training also includes an introduction of safe supervision in aquatic facilities. All the advanced training programs, such as National Lifeguard and as well as Instructor certification requires Bronze Cross certification. The course includes 600 m swimming lessons. According to Ontario Regulation 565 which governs public swimming pools, Bronze Cross course is an assistant lifeguard certificate.

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Bronze Cross Course Requirements


Holding Bronze Medallion and as well as Emergency First Aid certifications are a requirement for attaining to Bronze Cross course. Please note that the certifications do not need to be current.

Evaluation, Certification, and Recertification

Bronze Cross course certification is carried out by only Bronze Cross Examiners although current Lifesaving instructors evaluate most items. The certifications by Lifesaving Society is regarded as to be “current” for 24 months from the date of the certification date.

If an individual wants to keep his or her certification “current”, then instructors, examiners, and trainers must recertify their award(s) within 2 years of the certification or last recertification date.

Candidate Recognition

  • Bronze Cross medal
  • Bronze Cross Award crest
  • and, Bronze Cross Certification card.


Required Reference Material for Bronze Cross course

Canadian Lifesaving Manual




At A Glance

  1. *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 manikin, and then tow the victim 50 m or yd. to safety.
  2. *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.
  3. *Swim 600 m or 650 yd. in 18 minutes or better using any combination of strokes of the candidate’s choice.
  4. *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
  5. *Demonstrate single-rescuer adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin, including:
    – Complications in resuscitation (vomiting/drowning)
    – Adaptations (mouth-to-nose, stoma)
  6. *Demonstrate 2-rescuer adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin.
  7. *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.
  8. *Demonstrate the care and treatment of a victim suffering from hypothermia.
  9. *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.
  10. 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 to vomit while maintaining immobilization.
  11. *Using bystanders, organize a logical underwater search of an area with both shallow and deep water to a maximum depth of 3 meters.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. *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.
  15. 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.

* Asterisk indicates instructor-evaluated item.