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Bronze Cross

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If your goal is to challenge yourself in your lifesaving ambitions, Bronze Cross is the way to go. Bronze Cross tackles the advanced training for lifeguard work. You’ll find that completing the training is much more taxing than the Bronze Medallion course.

The general swimming lessons taught in the training introduce you to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. By the time you complete the training, you’ll know all the rules and regulations that must be enforced.

You will need to have completed the training if you plan to head on to the most advanced training certifications, such as National Lifeguard and Instructor.

Read on to learn more about Bronze Cross and why you should apply for it as soon as possible!

Bronze Cross Course Toronto (Or Anywhere)

Before you go to a Bronze Cross Course Toronto has or anywhere else, you must have already completed the Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid courses. Your certifications for these do not have to be current, so long as you passed them at least once each. (Though I recommend renewing them anyway to make sure you still remember your training perfectly)

As you undergo the Bronze Cross training, you’ll learn the following skills:

  • Safe Supervision in Aquatic Facilities
  • Spinal Injury Treatment
  • Pulseless Victim Rescues

Our classes are on Sundays from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. There are 11 classes in total for the full program. Next year’s classes are April 7 – June 16, 2019. The training costs a total of $420.

Upon successfully completing the course, you will never need to take the full 11 classes again. However, you will need to retake the final test every year or two to keep your certificate current.

Bronze Cross Swim Tests

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  1. Starting on a deck, dock, or beach, demonstrate an entry and swim a 50 m or yd. head-up approach with a shoulder loop and line or rescue tube to a passive victim or manikin, and then tow the victim 50 m or yd. to safety.
  2. Swim head-up for two sets of 6 x 25 m or yd. while maintaining a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Rest for 1 minute between sets. Check your pulse after the last repeat in each set.
  3. Swim 600 m or 650 yd. in 18 minutes or better using any combination of strokes of the candidate's choice.
  4. Demonstrate primary assessment of a conscious victim and an unconscious victim, including:
  • Level of consciousness
  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • Circulation
  • Major bleeding
  • Mechanism of injury

Demonstrate secondary assessment of a victim, including:

  • Vital signs
  • Head-to-toe survey
  • History

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  1. Demonstrate rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin, including:
  • Adult, child, and infant victims
  • Complications in resuscitation (e.g., vomiting)
  • Adaptations (e.g., mouth-to-nose, stoma)
  1. Demonstrate two-rescuer adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin.
  2. a) Simulate the treatment of a conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway. b) On a manikin, demonstrate the treatment of a conscious infant with an obstructed airway. c) Simulate the treatment of an unwitnessed unconscious adult, child, or infant with an unobstructed airway.
  3. Demonstrate the care and treatment of a victim suffering from hypothermia.
  4. Walk an aquatic environment scene, evaluate the ongoing activities, and demonstrate how to educate peers about safe aquatic leisure choices. Evaluate and correct, where appropriate, hazardous conditions in unsupervised areas.
  5. Recover and immobilize a face-down breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury found in deep water. Transport to shallow water. Recruit and direct a trained bystander to assist. Demonstrate the ability to manage vomiting while maintaining immobilization.
  6. Using bystanders, organize a logical underwater search of an area with both shallow and deep water to a maximum depth of 3 meters.
  7. Perform a rescue involving two or more victims. One victim requires rescuer assistance, while the other victim(s) can follow directions for self-rescue and assist as bystanders once at the point of safety. The situation is designed to emphasize communication skills, victim care, removals, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
  8. Perform a rescue of a submerged, non-breathing, and pulseless victim. The situation is designed to emphasize victim care, removal, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
  9. Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a situation in which there are two rescuers. The rescue requires a 50 m or yd. approach and a 50 m or yd. return. The situation is designed to emphasize either contact or non-contact rescues, victim care, removals, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
  10. Perform a rescue of a victim suffering injuries or conditions in a situation that emphasizes rescuer response to deteriorating circumstances and requires the use of bystanders. The rescue requires a 20 m or yd. approach and a 20 m or yd. return.

Bronze Cross Certification

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Upon completion of the 11 classes, you will be evaluated by a current lifesaving instructor. They will ensure that you pass your final testing before your certification can be processed.

The process of Bronze Cross Certification is done by a Bronze Cross Examiner. When the examiner has determined that you are eligible for course completion, you will receive the following things:

  • Bronze Cross Medal
  • Bronze Cross Award Crest
  • Bronze Cross Certification Card

You’ll receive the medal and crest only on your first time successfully through the course. If you fail the course, you will have to retake the entire 11 classes and try again in the following testing period of the year.

The certification card will remain current for a full year. After a year has passed, you will need to get it renewed if you want to continue legally working as a lifeguard. Renewal of the Bronze Cross Certificate is performed on a yearly basis to ensure that all lifeguard employees, nation-wide recall their training and are unlikely to cause any errors due to forgetting their training.

Please keep track of your certificate’s expiry date and retake the test before that time occurs. For the safety of everyone that you’re responsible for, you must adhere to the rules. Being a lifeguard is an admirable goal. I salute you for your service to the safety of your fellow countrymen. Contact us if you have questions or want to take the next step!

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