Physical Education

Physical Education Department

Aquatics

Everyone should know how to swim and be safe in the water. We offer swimming classes for every skill level.

Novice Swimming is for students who don't even like to get in to the water, or even like to wash their faces. Our novice swimming classes are designed to overcome the fear of being in the water. On the first day, most students don't even want to get in the water. By the end of 12 weeks, almost everyone is swimming across the pool, swimming underwater, and jumping in to deep water. Some even jump off the diving board! You have been introduced to several strokes and skills designed to make you safe in the water. This class is self paced with lots of individual help.

Once you adapt to the aquatic world, and feel confident enough to swim in water that may be over your head, you are now ready to work on your stroke development and swimming endurance in a Beginning Swimming Class.

Intermediate Swimming classes will help you to further improve stroke efficiency.

By the time you get to Advanced Swimming, you will swim like Natalie Coughlan and Michael Phelps!! (disclaimer - it says like, not as well as or as fast as).

Students who wish to further their aquatic experience can qualify for Red Cross certifications as lifeguards or swimming instructors by signing up for PE 028A - Lifeguard Training or PE 028G - Water Safety Instructor.

PE 26A - Novice Swimming

Swimming skills and techniques for the non-swimmer. Global and historical development of swimming as a fitness activity, novice stroke skills, survival methods, overcoming fear of water, and safety will be covered. American Red Cross stroke standards will be followed but adaptations will be allowed based on physical ability, age, strength and gender. Students will review basic exercise physiology and nutrition appropriate to swimming

PE 026B - Beginning Swimming

Swimming skills and techniques for the beginning swimmer. Global and historical development of swimming as a fitness activity, beginning stroke skills, survival methods, diving from the side of the pool, and deep water swimming will be covered. American Red Cross stroke standards will be followed but adaptations will be allowed based on physical ability, age, strength and gender. Students will review basic exercise physiology and nutrition appropriate to swimming

PE 026C - Intermediate Swimming

Swimming skills and techniques for the intermediate swimmer. Global and historical development of swimming as a fitness activity, intermediate stroke skills, springboard diving, turns, water safety will be covered. American Red Cross stroke standards will be followed but adaptations will be allowed based on physical ability, age, strength and gender. Students will review basic exercise physiology and nutrition appropriate to swimming.

PE 026D - Advanced Swimming

Swimming skills and techniques for the advanced swimmer. Global and historical development of swimming as a fitness activity, advanced stroke skills, endurance swimming, racing turns and starts, and spring board diving will be covered. American Red Cross stroke standards will be followed but adaptations will be allowed based on physical ability, age, strength and gender. Students will review basic exercise physiology and nutrition appropriate to swimming.

PE 028A - Lifeguard Training

An introduction to Physical Education through a course designed for lifeguard training and certification. It includes techniques and skills for rescue and personal safety. The instructor will encourage skills adaptations based on physical ability, age, strength, gender and/or genetics. The following certificates are available upon completion: American Red Cross Lifeguard Training; First Aid; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for the Professional Rescuer; Waterfront Lifeguard; Basic Water Rescue; Shallow Water Attendant; Blood-borne Pathogens: Preventing Disease Transmission; Administering Emergency Oxygen; and Epinephrine Auto-Injector.

PE 028G - Water Safety Instructor

A course for Red Cross certification of swimming and diving instructors. Emphasis on the biomechanics of strokes, teaching progressions, and feedback techniques. Includes the American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training Certification.

 


Physical Education
Building: PE
Contact: Susan Ho
Phone: 408.864.8751
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Last Updated: 11/3/09