Bronze Medal Awards

Learn lifesaving skills that will last a lifetime.  Whether for personal interest or to become a lifeguard, the Bronze Medal awards provide important water safety messages and develop proficiency in lifesaving, resuscitation and water rescue.

The Bronze Medal award family gets you on the fast track towards developing the fitness, skills and knowledge to perform a water rescue and respond to a non-aquatic emergency.

Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross are prerequisites for the National Lifeguard award.


Bronze Star


Prerequisite: None. Swim Patrol reccomended.

Bronze Star is the pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and excellent preperation for success in Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn CPR and develop WaterSmart® confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be thier own personal lifeguard. Includes a 400m timed swim.

Bronze Medallion


Prerequisite: 13 years old OR Bronze Star.

The Lifesaving Society's Bronze Medallion Award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education - judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness.

Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500m timed swim.

Bronze Cross


Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion

Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Instructor certifications. Includes a 600m timed swim.