Bronze Medallion
Bronze Medallion  

Aim - To establish competent levels of knowledge, understanding and practical ability in rescue situations.

The club runs two Bronze courses each year, one starting in Michaelmas term, the second in Hilary, with exams being held in Hilary and Trinity respectively. The course lasts for two terms and includes elements of first aid, water-work and (not overly taxing) theory.

The Bronze is the basic lifesaving qualification, we will teach you everything you might need to know should you find someone wallowing in a canal or, more likely, a person suffering a heart attack on the street. This valuable knowledge could one day save a life.

For more information on courses, email the club ( or come along to one of our sessions. People taking courses are full members of the club, so don't miss out on the excellent social programme or awful jokes of our longer standing members.

The exam contains the following tests

  1. Land Based Rescue.
    A casualty is in deep water between 2 and 10 meters from the shore, rescue them using supplied aids (rope, floating objects or poles) and provide aftercare.
  2. Water Based Rescue.
    A casualty is in deep water and is 15-20 meters from the shore, rescue using approiate techniques and provide aftercare.
  3. Non-Contact Rescue. {Time 3:15}
    A casualty is in deep water 50 meters from the shore, you start this rescue wearing light clothing which you may discard, you then swim 50 meters and tow the casualty 50 using an item of clothing to avoid contact. Land the casualty and provide aftercare.
  4. Contact Rescue.
    One casualty is in deep water 50 meters from the shore, you must rescue the casualty using an approiate contact tow. The casualty will struggle during the rescue requiring defensive action to be taken. Land casualty and provide aftercare.
  5. Resuscitation Rescue. {Time 1:15 Support}
    An unconscious casualty is in deep water 15 meters from the shore. Swim to the casualty, retreive a brick from the pool bottom, tow the casualty to safety (when the time ends). Assess the casualty's condition and perform EAV, then place casualty in recovery position.
  6. Initiative Rescue. {Min 1min}
    Two casualties are in the water as part of an undisclosed incident and must be brought to a point of safety. Bystanders may be available and the test will run for at least one minute.
  7. Theory Questions
    There will also be 4 to 8 questions on lifesaving theory. (see the theory page for a quick rundown)