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Sign up for one of our Lifeguard courses that will give you the skills to save lives! We offer a range of classes that are suitable to all levels under the world-wide recognized high standards of the Lifesaving Society.

Bronze Family

(Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross)


The Lifesaving Society Bronze Family program is a three-level program starting with Bronze Star, continuing with Bronze Medallion, and ending in Bronze Cross. Bronze Cross is one of the prerequisite awards for all advanced lifeguarding (NLS) and leadership training programs (AWSI, WSI, LSI). Successful candidates can earn high school credits towards graduation.




Candidates are recommended to be at least 12 years old and must have the ability to swim 400 metres in 12 minutes or better. Bronze Star is the pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. In Bronze Star, candidates develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn self-rescue techniques, in-water searches, CPR, water rescue skills, and First Aid, including how to manage a land spinal injury. Candidates also develop stroke endurance and lifesaving fitness skills. Bronze Star includes CPR-A certification.


Candidates must have successfully completed Bronze Star before registering or be 13 years of age by the last day of the course and have the ability to swim 500 metres in 15 minutes or better. Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn self-rescue techniques, defense and release methods, and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Bronze Medallion includes CPR-B certification.


Candidates must have successfully completed Bronze Medallion and have the ability to swim 600 metres in 18 minutes or better. Bronze Class is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic facilities. Candidates develop proficiency at patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies, while developing stroke endurance and fitness training skills. Bronze Cross includes CPR-C certification and is one of the prerequisite awards for all advanced lifeguarding and leadership training programs.