Bronze Cross: Taking the second step in the path to becoming a lifeguard

The Lifesaving Society has a series of programs created to help young teens learn water rescue techniques as well as first aid, progressing to lifeguard status. Your teen can begin the programs once 12 to 13 years of age, depending on their skill level. With swimming programs in place, your child can learn the essential steps to becoming a lifeguard and gain employment in the teenage years. Such skills are considered life-saving as well as a way for your child to be better prepared for their own survival as well as protecting others in the water.

The very first step in Lifesaving  swim levels is the Bronze Star. This is a starter course and open to 12 year olds or teens of an older age who wish to begin their path towards becoming a lifesaver. The next step up is the Bronze Medallion course which is open to 13 year olds or 12 year old who have completed the Bronze Star course.

This course provides the student with an understanding of the lifesaving techniques involving four components: judgement, fitness, knowledge and skill. Students will learn how to tow and carry a victim as well as defense methods for when the victim is conscious and fighting back despite rescue attempts. Students also learn how to handle unconscious victims. Endurance is worked on as well as stroke efficiency.

Bronze Cross

To take their skills to the next level and work towards lifeguard status, your teen will need to enroll in the Bronze Cross class. This course provides further insight and helps your teen get closer to the goal of becoming a lifeguard. The class builds on what was learned in the Bronze Medallion program, providing a more complex curriculum of advanced lifesaving skills. One example of what is learned can be seen in the difference between a lifesaver and lifeguard as well as how to manage a deep water spinal injury.

Standard First Aid CPR C

Included in this course is the need for training involving Standard First Aid CPR C courses. This training course will cover aspects of first aid as well as CPR. Your teen will learn how to handle common injuries including spinal injury, bone and joint injury, how to handle medical emergencies and the legal implications surrounding the administering of first aid.

Your teen will be provided a CPR mask and gloves as these are personal protective equipment items that are needed for use in the course as well as during evaluations. Once these courses are completed, your teen can move on to the next stage of training.

At Zodiac Swim School, we provide access to such lifeguard training courses so your teen has the ability to enhance their water safety and rescue skills with the opportunity to become a skilled lifesaver or lifeguard in the future. Learn more about each of these courses to see how your child can benefit. Once enrolled, your teen will begin to learn life-saving techniques that they will retain throughout their lifetime with the ability to gain employment as a lifeguard in their future.

First Aid Firsts: What are the basics your kids should learn?

When parents think of swimming lessons, they most often think of a qualified instructor teaching their children how to swim. However, swim school for kids can also be a time when they learn lifesaving skills. Children as well as adults need to learn the basics of first aid to be able to handle certain situations if they may arise. Below are a few examples of when your child needs to learn first aid skills as well as how these skills come into play.


Starting at around age 11 or 12, children begin to take on the role as babysitter. This could be for siblings or children in the neighborhood. Babysitters need to be well-versed in basic first aid in order to know how to respond during an emergency situation. At Zodiac Swim School children can learn via babysitting courses in order to be a proper care giver. Teens learn how to feed and change a baby, how to prepare a meal and play games. The basic first aid skills a teen will learn to be a babysitter will include how to prevent injuries as well as how to keep children in their care safe. Teens age 11 to 15 can take part in the class to learn just what they need to know to be a babysitter.

Home Alone Safety

Parents who leave their children home alone will have peace of mind if their child attends a course that teaches safety precautions for being alone. Children age 10 and over can take a home alone safety class when they will be left home alone. Children who are left home alone need to be responsible and have an understanding of what they are allowed to do.

During a home alone safety course, children will learn bike safety as well as street smarts. People safety, including stranger danger is covered along with online safety. Sibling rivalry is covered to ensure siblings are not constantly fighting as well as how to handle emergency situations if they were to arise. Basic first aid skills including cuts and scrapes, is covered.

First Aid

To learn actual treatment processes during an emergency, a child should be enrolled in First Aid classes. The teen will learn real-life skills that can be used in an emergency situation. Children are taught how to recognize and treat a life-threatening condition as well as injury. Recognizing breathing issues, choking, airway restrictions or cardiovascular incidents skills are provided.

First aid courses also include information on who to treat injuries including spine, bone & joint, chest injuries, burns, etc. Your teen will be equipped with the knowledge needed to care for themselves as well as others.

At Zodiac Swim School, the opportunity is available for children of preteen and teenage years to learn basic first aid as well as babysitting and home alone skills. Contact Zodiac today to enroll your child.