The Bronze Cross course is a comprehensive 20-hour course and a critical step towards lifeguarding. It builds directly on lifesaving skills learned during the Bronze Medallion while focusing on assistant lifeguarding roles and more advanced rescue techniques. During Bronze Cross, you will learn about lifeguarding principles such as effective scanning strategies, teamwork, and communication within teams while continuing to make use of the Ladder Approach and the Rescuer's Checklist. The Bronze Cross course will integrate lifeguarding theory, skill development, and fitness to prepare you for the National Lifeguard course or to be employed as an assistant lifeguard.
|Table of Content
|What to expect during the course
|What to expect during the exam
|Mandatory Prerequisites for the Bronze Medallion course
|Mandatory books for Bronze Medallion
Bronze Cross helps you gain the necessarily knowledge, skills, and fitness to be best prepared for the challenging National Lifeguard course. During this course, your instructor will review content from your Bronze Medallion course and will cover the following additional items.
Bronze Cross swimming requirement are not much different than Bronze Medallion. Again, you don't need to have amazing swimming skills, but you will have to be able to pass the physical fitness items in order to pass the course. Just like Bronze Medallion, Lifeguarding Academy runs the Bronze Cross course in an intensive "Crash Course" format. Candidates who practice doing the Endurance Challenge, Underwater swim, and Object recovery prior to their course can rest easy as those are the main reasons a student might struggle in the course. Even if you don't have the opportunity to practice before your course, you can be assured that your Lifeguarding Academy instructor will do their best to give you personalized tips to improve and eventually pass all the items in Bronze Cross. See below for the exact requirements to pass the three physical items of Bronze Cross.
You will have to swim 400 meters within 11 minutes; if you are taking your course in a yard pool, then it becomes 400 yards in 9 minutes and 40 seconds. For this item, you may swim any combination of front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke (or any other recognizable strokes). As long as you complete the swim continiously within the time limit, just once in your course, you are considered successful in this item. Most instructors at Lifeguarding Academy plan to attempt the Endurance Challenge at the begining of the course - this is done to allow more chances to attempt the swim again if you are unsuccessful the first time.
For the Object Recovery item, you will have to complete the following steps within 60 seconds;
1) Swim 15 meters towards a 10lb object. This object will be submerged at least 1.5 meters under water.
2) Once you've reached the object, you will dive below the surface, grab the 10lb object and resurface.
3) Keep your entire head above water and carry the object only 5 meters.
1. Don't stress
Your instructor will give you more than one chance!
2. Wear goggles
Being able to see, helps with swimming straight instead of zigzag across the lane which in turn will help you save some time!
3. Breath regularly
Whether you're able to breath with proper technique or not, it makes a big difference if you are breathing regularly. You will be less tired and able to swim faster.
4. Push off the wall at every turn
You will save a lot of time and energy if you're gliding the first 2-3 meters of each length!
5. Assume the proper glide position before pushing off the wall
Practice pushing off the wall with your arms fully stretched out above your head. It is better to push yourself under water before stretching out and pushing off the wall. You will glide faster and further if you're gliding under water.
Your entire exam will consist of three scenarios. If you haven't passed your time swim until the exam time, your instructor may give you some time to attempt it again before you start your exam also.
During these scenarios, you will put together all the skills and knowledge that you learned through the course to act as the main rescuer and help your victim.
To be eligible take the Bronze Medallion course, you must be at least 13 years of age or must have previously have earned the Bronze Star certification. This is a very strict requirement and as much as we love to help you, we are not able to make any sort of exceptions to this requirement.
You will need to have access to the latest edition of the Canadian Lifesaving Manual. You can choose to rent a copy from us for the duration of your course or purchase it directly from the Lifesaving Soicety. Lifeguarding Academy does not offer the option to purchase the book from us. If you forgot select the book add-on during registration, you can just send us an email and we will make sure there are enough copies available when you arrive to your course!
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