Bronze Star

Bronze Star

The Lifesaving Society Bronze Star program helps to prepare skilled swimmers for success in Bronze Medallion.  In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and with partners. Candidates develop WaterSmart confidence and learn basic lifesaving and resuscitation skills needed to be safe and help others be safe around water. Participants develop stroke efficiency and endurance in timed swims (400 metres).

Recommended age 12 years
Ability to Swim
Next Step: 
Bronze Medallion
Instructional Time: 

 10 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.


Current for two years, does not require re-certification.

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

  • In deep water, demonstrate deep and shallow head- and foot-first entries from a height (maximum of 1 m).
  • Demonstrate a backward roll entry, wearing a shirt and long pants. Swim 10–15 m, and then remove and inflate the pants. Form a huddle for 1 minute with two or more others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recover an unconscious victim from deep water (maximum depth of 2 m), bring the victim to the surface, and carry him or her to the nearest point of safety.
  • Demonstrate a minimum 5 m head-up approach into a head-first surface dive, to retrieve an object from a depth of 2–3 m. Surface with the object and use the eggbeater kick for 5 m to return to your starting point.
  • Demonstrate a 25 m head-up approach into a foot-first surface dive, to retrieve a 4.5 kg object (from a maximum depth of 2 m). Carry the object back to the point of entry. Exit the water and demonstrate rescue breathing on a manikin.
  • Support a 4.5 kg object at the surface for 1 minute or better, in deep water.
  • Wearing a shoulder loop and line, swim a 100 m individual medley in 3 minutes or better as follows: 25 m each of lifesaving kick, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
  • Swim 400 m in 12 minutes or better, using freestyle or any combination of strokes.

First Aid

  • Demonstrate the ability to find and count the pulse and respiration rates on a partner. Demonstrate the ability to find and count your own pulse.
  • Demonstrate single rescuer adult CPR on a manikin.
  • Demonstrate the immobilization of a breathing victim with a possible spinal injury, on land.

Recognition and Rescue

Demonstrate the following:

  • Simulation in the water of the appearance of a weak swimmer, non-swimmer, unconscious victim and injured victim.
  • Recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and a non-swimmer, and recognize an unconscious and an injured victim.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform and recognize three different hand signals.
  • Walk the perimeter of the aquatic facility to locate a submerged object within 30 seconds.
  • Perform a search of an area with both shallow and deep water (maximum depth of 2 m).
  • With a partner, perform a low-risk rescue of a non-swimmer or a victim with external bleeding. Assist the victim to safety, showing the ability to avoid direct contact. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.
  • Perform a rescue of an unconscious, non-breathing victim in deep water. Return to the beach, dock or poolside with the victim. Remove the victim from the water, directing untrained bystanders to assist. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.