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Lifesaving Society Bronze Award for Swimmers Aged 12+

Children Learn Invaluable Lifesaving Skills And Earn The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Award Accreditations

Location: Havergal

Duration: 45 or 90 minutes

Price & Date: Schedules

The lifesaving society bronze awards are three awards to recognize candidates’ swimming proficiency and lifesaving knowledge, ultimately qualifying and preparing them for work as assistant lifeguards.

There are three separate awards representing different levels of lifesaving proficiency, including: Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross. 


Havergal Pool

  • Tuesday:
    7:45pm - 8:30pm (Bronze Star)
    7:45pm - 9:15pm (Bronze Medallion)
    7:45pm - 9:15pm (Bronze Cross)

  • Thursday:
    7:45pm - 8:30pm (Bronze Star)

    7:45pm - 9:15pm (Bronze Medallion)
    7:45pm - 9:15pm (Bronze Cross)

Havergal Pool

  • Saturday (Fall/Spring)
    5:30pm - 6:15pm (Bronze Star)
    5:30pm - 7:00pm (Bronze Medallion)
    5:30pm - 7:00pm (Bronze Cross)

  • Saturday (Winter)
    4:45pm - 5:30pm (Bronze Star)
    4:45pm - 6:15pm (Bronze Medallion)
    4:45pm - 6:15pm (Bronze Cross)


Bronze Awards

What Will My Child Learn During Your Bronze Awards Swimming Lessons?


In the Bronze Star course, your child will learn:

  • Swimming proficiency and stroke mechanics

  • Lifesaving and self-rescue skills

  • Personal fitness

Bronze Star is the first level of our Bronze Family. It is an excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Bronze Star is designed to deliver high performance training for skilled pre-teens. Students develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and with partners. They also learn CPR and develop confidence and the lifesaving skills.

  • Recommended for children 12 – 13 years old

  • Usually done after Star Patrol

  • 45-minute class

  • Certification: Bronze Star


NOTE : This Award is prerequisite for Bronze Medallion for students under 13 years old.


In the Bronze Medallion course, your child will learn:

  • The four components of water rescue: Judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness

  • Problem-solving skills for lifesaving scenarios

  • How to assess dangers and make the right decisions in the water and poolside

The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Medallion Award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for rescues of conscious and unconscious victims. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim.

  • Recommended for children 13 and older

  • Usually done after Bronze Star Award

  • 90-minute class

  • Certification: Bronze Medallion


NOTE : This Award is a prerequisite for Bronze Cross for students that are 13 years and older.


In the Bronze Cross course (taught together with Emergency First Aid), your child will learn:

  • The techniques of active surveillance at pools and other water facilities

  • The importance of proper communication and teamwork when preventing or responding to emergency situations

  • The knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the Lifesaving Society’s National Lifeguard and Instructor certification programs

**You need Bronze Cross certification to become an assistant lifeguard. 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 Instructor certification. 

  • Recommended for children 14 and older

  • Must have Bronze Medallion Award

  • 90-minute class

  • Certifications: Bronze Cross, Emergency First Aid with CPR-B

  • When and where is the Parent & Child program?
    We offer this program in two locations during fall, winter and spring*:  Saturdays at Kodiak (Babies 4-24 months) 4:15pm-4:45pm / 4:45pm-5:15pm  Sundays at Havergal (Children 2-4 years) 3:30pm-4:00pm *The program is exclusively available at Kodiak durign the summer.
  • What is the price and where can I find the schedule?
    Please refer to the corresponding session schedule.
  • At what age my baby can start swimming?
    The Parent & Child program is aimed at children between 4 months and 4 years. We run classes for children 4 months to 24 months at our Kodiak location, and 2 years to 4 years at our Havergal location.
  • What do I have to bring for the lesson?
    Bathing suit, and a towel. Please ensure your baby is properly wearing a swim diaper for each lesson.
  • By the end of the session, will my baby be comfortable putting their face in the water?
    Every baby has unique individual reactions and for that reason, we use an individual approach with each child with the goal of them always moving towards face in the water and submersion then progressing to buoyancy on the front and back, and starting on basics movement skills.  Learn more about our Beginner Program.
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