Bronze Star

Bronze Star (10 hr.): develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport.

Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.)

Bronze Star Exam Policy: Defines the minimum conditions under which Bronze level examinations may occur.

For all Bronze exams, the minimum number of candidates is one. Additional volunteers may be required to conduct an exam; however, the volunteers may not be the Examiner conducting the exam.

For Bronze Star, additional volunteers (minimum of two) must participate as bystanders, team members, and/or victims.


Bronze Star 291

Instruction & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors or YMCA Instructors teach and certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Star medal, Bronze Star Award crest, certification card.


    Knowledge Items

  1. The Lifesaving Society: Demonstrate knowledge of the Lifesaving Society and awareness of its training program opportunities.
  2. Skill Items

  3. Self-rescue:
    1. Simulate self-rescue techniques for the following circumstances: ice, swamped or capsized boat.
    2. Wearing a shirt and lightweight pants, enter the water and don a lifejacket or PFD. Demonstrate HELP for 1 minute; form a huddle with two or more others for another minute.
  4. Entries: Demonstrate three safe entries appropriate to the environment.
  5. Swimming and lifesaving strokes:
    1. Swim 25 m or yd. each of: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke.
    2. Swim 25 m or yd. each of: head-up front crawl, head-up breaststroke.
    3. Swim 25 m or yd. each of: whip kick, eggbeater, scissor kick or inverted scissor kick.
  6. Sculling: In ready position:
    1. Scull in place for 30 seconds.
    2. Scull head-first 10 m and scull
      feet-first 10 m.
  7. Victim recognition: Demonstrate ability to recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and a non-swimmer.
  8. Reaching and throwing assists:
    1. Demonstrate two reaching assists.
    2. Demonstrate accuracy in throwing assists: throw a buoyant aid a distance of 5 m placing the aid within 1 m of the centre of a target three out of four times.
    3. Throw a buoyant aid with line to a victim
      5 m distant and pull the victim to safety.
  9. Drowning resuscitation: On a manikin, demonstrate single-rescuer adult and child drowning resuscitation including ability to deal with complications.
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  11. Fitness Items

  12. Obstacle swim: On the instructor’s signal, swim 50 m or yd. submerging under an obstacle twice during the swim.
  13. Rescue drill: On the instructor’s signal, don a shoulder loop and line, enter the water and swim head-up to a partner or manikin located at the surface 25 m or yd. away. Tow partner or manikin to starting position.
  14. Fitness challenge: Complete a 400 m or yd. fitness training workout:
    • 100 m or yd. warm-up.
    • 6 x 25 m or yd. one of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, or lifesaving kick.
    • 2 x 50 m or yd. one of head-up front crawl or head-up breaststroke.
    • 50 m or yd. cool-down.