Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness. 

Rescuers learn advanced lifesaving techniques for challenging rescues of increased risk, involving conscious and unconscious victims in varying water depths. Participants develop stroke efficiency and endurance in timed swims (500 metres). Includes CPR-A.

The Bronze Medallion may be offered at some pools combined with Bronze Cross; check course listings for Bronze Combination courses.

Bronze Star Recommended
Must be 13 years old by last day of course if candidate does not have Bronze Star.
Next Step: 
Bronze Cross
Instructional Time: 

 20 hours consisting of both dry and wet sessions.


Successful candidates will be issued a temporary certification card on the last day of course. A permanent certification card, badge and medal will be mailed within 60 days. Please contact the Branch if the temporary card has expired and the permanent card has not been received.


Bronze Medallion is a ‘lifetime award’ which means that it does not need to be current in order to take further lifesaving training (e.g. Bronze Cross).

If an individual requires a Bronze Medallion for employment purposes (e.g. Sailing Instructor), employers may require it to be current. In this case, it must be current within two years.  The ‘lifetime award’ designation does not apply when used as a vocational certification (for employment purposes).

Evaluation and Other Items: 

All items are taught and evaluated by a current Lifesaving Instructor. Candidates must demonstrate competency on all items to pass.

H2O Proficiency

  • Demonstrate accuracy in throwing buoyant aids. Throw aids a distance of 8 m placing them within 1 m of the centre of a target three times out of four.
  • Simulate self-rescue techniques for the following environments/circumstances:
    • Ice
    • Moving water
    • Swamped or capsized boat
  • Starting in the water, demonstrate a 20 m head-up approach and surface dive to recover a submerged victim. Return to the starting point, using a control carry to support and carry the victim.
  • Demonstrate three defences (from the front, side and rear) and three releases (from the front, side and rear). Assume the ready position and communicate verbally after each defence or release.
  • Swim head-up 6 x 25 m, maintaining a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Check your pulse after the last repeat.
  • Swim 500 m continuously, in 15 minutes, using any combination of strokes of the candidate’s choice.

First Aid

  • Demonstrate rescue breathing and one rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin, for the following circumstances:
    • Adult and child victims
    • Complications in resuscitation (vomiting, gastric distention)
    • Adaptations (mouth-to-nose, stoma, jaw-thrust)
  • Simulate the treatment of:
    • A conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway
    • Complications involving a pregnant woman and a person who is obese
    • Simulate the treatment of an unconscious adult or child with an obstructed airway.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate recognition and care of a victim suffering from the following circulatory emergencies:
    • Shock
    • Heart attack or angina
    • External bleeding
    • Stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Recognition and Rescue

  • Walk around an aquatic environment, evaluate the ongoing activities and, where appropriate, model safe behaviour choices.
  • Recover and immobilize a conscious breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury in shallow water. Demonstrate recovery and immobilization with both a face-up and a face-down victim. Recruit and direct bystanders to assist.
  • Perform a logical underwater search of a specified area, to a maximum depth of 3 m.
  • Perform a non-contact rescue in an aquatic situation designed to emphasize a low-risk rescue, victim care, removal with bystander assistance, and follow-up—including contact with the Emergency Medical System (EMS).
  • Perform a rescue of a non-breathing victim located in deep water, 5 m from a point of safety. Simulate a situation, in an unsupervised environment, designed to emphasize victim care, removal with bystander assistance and follow-up—including contact with EMS.
  • Perform a rescue of a distressed or drowning victim in open water, with a 20 m approach and 20 m return. Simulate a situation designed to require either a contact or non-contact rescue, with emphasis on victim recognition and appropriate care.