Bronze Star – Rescue with a partner

Candidates enrolled in Bronze Star will have to demonstrate the skills and techniques learned in segments of the course when completing mock rescue scenarios. In the recognition and rescue component of the Bronze Star participants will have to demonstrate a rescue with a partner. In this component, the rescuer, with a partner, will perform a low-risk rescue of a non-swimmer or a victim with external bleeding. The rescuer(s) must assist the victim to safety showing the ability to avoid direct contact. Rescuer(s) must also perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock. The purpose of this activity is to prepare for the prevention of loss of life in an aquatics emergency with minimum risk to the rescuer. This is a large component of the Bronze Star program that incorporates a large amount of knowledge and skill learned in previous sections. The material posted on this page is for information purposes only. To learn lifesaving skills candidates should enroll in a Lifesaving Society Bronze course.

To successfully complete this course candidates must successfully complete the following components:

  • Rescuers must have quick and accurate recognition of the scene and environment.
  • Rescuers must maintain personal safety throughout the exercise.
  • Rescuers must appropriately assess the situation.
  • The rescuer must effectively call for help.
  • The rescuer must have an appropriate choice and use of aid.
  • The rescuer must have an appropriate entry and efficient approach to the victim.
  • The rescuer must have an appropriate choice of two for the circumstance.
  • The rescuer must secure the victim at the nearest point of safety.
  • The rescuer must use take appropriate care of the victim and complete a follow-up.
  • The rescuer must have visual contact and constructive communication with the victim and partner throughout the rescue.
  • The rescuer must exhibit good teamwork.
  • The rescuer must use bystanders appropriately if available.
  • Treatment should continue until rescuers are relieved of responsibility.

Additional Notes:

  • Rescuers must use a head-up approach and reverse and ready positioning technique as part of an efficient and appropriate approach.
  • Rescuers will receive direction in basic follow-up procedures from the instructor.
  • Aids will be appropriate and realistic to the environment.
  • Use of barrier devices during first aid and CPR is strongly recommended.

To successfully complete Bronze Star candidates must complete a rescue following all of the knowledge and skill requirements posted above.