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Bronze Star

Bronze Star (10-12 hr.): excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400 m swim.

Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.)

Evaluation & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate all items and certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.


  1. In deep water, demonstrate deep and shallow head- and foot-first entries from a height (max. 1 m).
  2. Backward roll entry wearing shirt and long pants. Swim 10-15 m or yd. remove and inflate pants. Form a huddle for 1 min. with 2 or more others.
  3. Demonstrate ability to recover an unconscious victim from deep water to the surface & carry to nearest point of safety.
  4. Demonstrate a 5 m head-up approach into a head-first surface dive to retrieve object from a depth between 2 and 3 m or yd. Surface with object and eggbeater kick 5 m or yd. to start point.
  5. Demonstrate a 25 m or yd. head-up approach into a foot-first surface dive to retrieve a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object (maximum depth 2 m). Carry object to point of entry. Exit water and demonstrate rescue breathing on a manikin.
  6. In deep water, support self for 3 minutes during which support a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object for 1 minute.
  7. Wearing a shoulder loop and line, swim a 100m individual medley in 3 min. or less (100 yd. in 2:40 min.) as follows: 25 m or yd. each of lifesaving kick, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.
  8. Swim 400 m in 12 min. or better (400 yd. in 10:45 min.) using freestyle or any combination of strokes of the swimmer's choice.
  9. Demonstrate ability to find and count pulse and respiration rates on a partner. Demonstrate ability to find and count own pulse.
  10. Demonstrate single-rescuer CPR on a manikin.
  11. Demonstrate the immobilization of a possible spinal-injured breathing victim on land.
  12. a) Demonstrate ability to simulate in the water the appearance of a weak swimmer, a non-swimmer, an unconscious victim and an injured victim. b) Demonstrate ability to recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and a non-swimmer; and to recognize an unconscious and an injured victim.
  13. Demonstrate ability to perform and to recognize 3 different hand signals.
  14. Walk the perimeter of the aquatic facility to locate a submerged object within 30 sec.
  15. Search an area with both shallow and deep water (max. depth 2 m).
  16. With a partner, perform a low-risk rescue of a non-swimmer or a victim with external bleeding. Assist victim to safety showing ability to avoid direct contact. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.
  17. Rescue an unconscious, non-breathing victim in deep water. Return with the victim to the beach, dock or poolside. Untrained bystanders assist in victim removal. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.

*Information is based off the Lifesaving Society website

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