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Lifesaving Society Circle BadgeLifesaving training teaches first aid and water related skills and knowledge in an active and fun way. In these courses participants will learn life skills that will give them the tools to save a life, their own and someone else. Lifesaving courses create the foundation for lifelong learning, an active lifestyle and open the doors to many careers.

Canadian Swim Patrol

Lifesaving Society Rookie, Star and Ranger BadgesReady for something different from regular swim classes? Looking for a way to develop your swimming strength and efficiency? Rise to the challenge and get your Swim Patrol awards. The Canadian Swim Patrol Program is the on-ramp to lifeguarding geared towards swimmers between eight and 12-years-old. Ability to swim is the only prerequisite! These awards prepare candidates for success in the Society’s Bronze medal awards.

Rookie Patrol

Rookie Patrol features development of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke over 50 m each, timed 100 m swims, and 350 m workouts. A work-hard/play-hard approach develops swimming strength and efficiency with emphasis on personal responsibility and Water Smart® behaviour.

Ranger Patrol

Ranger Patrol features development of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke over 75 m each, a 100 m lifesaving medley, and timed 200 m swims.

Star Patrol

Star Patrol demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment. Participants develop lifesaving and first aid skills; further refine front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke over 100 m each; and complete 600 m workouts and 300 m timed swims.

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Bronze Medals

The Canadian Lifesaving Program’s Bronze Medal Awards provides swimmers with a fun and exciting opportunity to learn valuable lifesaving, first aid, and Water Smart® skills and knowledge. Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross are designed for swimmers ages 8-15, but it is never too late to learn these valuable skills!

Bronze Star

Lifesaving Society Bronze Star Medal

Pre-requisite: Ability to swim sufficiently. Suggested completion of the Patrol Levels.

The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Star develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skills, 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 introduces lifesaving sport.

Bronze Medallion

Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion Medal

Pre-requisite: 13 years of age by end of course or Bronze Star – need not be current

Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water.

Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.

Bronze Cross

Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross MedalPre-requisite: Bronze Medallion – need not be current

The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies.

Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Instructor.

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