De Anza College swimming logo: the words De Anza College below a line drawing of water waves and a person swimmingKNES 001B (formerly P.E. 26B) is the beginning swim class at De Anza College.

Has it been quite awhile since you last swam, or did you forget how to swim?

Are you self-taught?

Are you comfortable in the water, but uncomfortable in deep water?

Fall quarter we have an opportunity for people to relearn to swim.

Almost all De Anza College beginning swim classes are usually taught in 6 or 7 feet deep water, not shallow water, so the course lists a ‘prerequisite’ of passing a 25 yard swim test in deep water. We will not have a deep water swim test in my Saturday beginning swim classes, since we will have shallow water availble.

(Yes, this beginning swim class is also appropriate for people who can swim and tread water well enough to be in water that is deeper than they are tall.)

You do not have to know/remember how to tread water or how to dive but should have some freestyle and backstroke capability.

This is a great way to learn to swim or relearn to swim, but if you are afraid of the water you should take Novice swimming instead.

The Fall quarter, 2017 class will meet from noon to 1:50 PM, Saturdays starting Sept. 30.

Register for (23545) KNES-001B-01L

If you read about it too late to add, please at least be enrolled at De Anza before the first class so you can add if we find we have the space.

Enrollment and registration steps for De Anza College are at:

We will be in the water the first day of class,

so bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel, (optional) cap, etc.

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No, it is not too cold to take a swim class that starts in September or January. The pool is heated enough for seniors exercise programs. A swim cap makes you warmer and faster. You can also stay warmer with ‘rash guard’ type tight-fitting shirt, cyclists shorts, a wetsuit vest, a spring (short sleeve, short leg) wetsuit, but many people just go ahead and swim. (I often wear one or two men’s ‘jammer’ long-legged swimsuits over my regular suit when I swim at 6:30 a.m. in the winter.)

Want to buy a spring (short sleeve, short leg) wetsuit or rashguard for extra sun protection or warmth?

Take a look at:

How to find the pools, sunscreen, P/NP grading, waitlists and more

are covered at

Swim classes FAQs

See also: How to get a P.E. locker at De Anza College

Info about parking permits, including electric vehicle charging stations, is at:

Taking a lower level swim class is not a strict prerequisite for a higher level, you just need the skills of a better swimmer. Not sure which class to take? beginning swimming at De Anza College or intermediate swimming at De Anza College

Find the pools (the light blue square and rectangle in about the center) of this campus map :

locker room entrance from pool:

To get from the pool deck to the locker rooms, women enter the tunnel on the RIGHT from the pool deck and go directly up to their locker room. Men enter through the LEFT entrance and go down a hall to their locker room.

Men should note that there is a storage room in the left tunnel that is accessed by both female and male personnel, and they should change clothes in the locker room, not the tunnel.

After some of our class sessions I will be responsible for locking up the pool complex entrance gates. If you are in a restroom or the locker room when I lock up you need to know which exit (door/gate) you can use to get out of the complex. The doors/gates between PE buildings PE1 and PE2 are locked from the outside but have bars you can push on from the inside to get out. See buildings PE1 and PE2 at this map:

This page is used for messages (see below) to my KNES 001B students during quarters the class is in session.

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Bring your swimsuit and gear because we will get in the water the first day. We will need to spend a lot of time on paperwork, but will at least do a short swim test of freestyle and backstroke to see if if anyone would get more out of a novice swim class and make sure people who want to swim in deep water are safe there. (There might also be time for a workout after class.)


Practice on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is optional, and not always a part of the last day of class:

woman in a lifejacket on a stand-up paddleboard at a swimming pool


Homework … in a swim class??

All swim classes at De Anza share the same curriculum, (the course content, designed by De Anza College). Each instructor must teach the same of skills and knowledge about swimming, but each instructor can go about reaching these goals in various ways.

You do not need to buy a textbook for any class I teach.

De Anza requires that swim students are taught strokes, treading water and underwater swimming, (and in higher level classes, turns and diving), and the curriculum says that swim students will:

    Examine the global and historical development of swimming from survival to competition.

    Experiment with the laws of physics as they apply to basic swimming skills.

    Apply basic exercise physiology and nutrition to swimming.

    Analyze causes of drowning and apply safe water practices.

De Anza also specifies that there will be assignments, such as:

Reading – text, handouts, outside source (library, web, magazine, etc.)

Writing –

1.One short essay on the history of swimming or swimming in the student’s home country

2.Short answer and multiple choice examinations

These areas would require hours of lecture to cover them as required. In an effort to be able to spend more time in the water I have developed some short online reading assignments to cover most of them. Those that cover the De Anza requirements are required for a passing grade; do more and you can earn a higher grade.

Relax, these are short assignments.

Often the easiest way to do an assignment is to run your mouse across some of the text, copy it (click Ctrl C or Apple C on many computers) and paste it (click Ctrl V or Apple V) to a blank document on your computer. You can handwrite any assignment but it must be easily readable, so block printing is preferred and must be in letters at least as big as the type on this page.

If you use a printer, or write with a pen, use black or dark blue ink.

The De Anza library has a lab where you can access computers: and a few laptops for loan to students:

Please note: you are responsible for keeping a copy of each assignment in case the one you turn in is lost.

No homework assignments will be turned in online.

I do not accept emailed assignments.

I do not accept any assignments after the last day of class.

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The homework assignments will be re-listed closer to the start of the class.

Completed in class the first session, :

Read the course syllabus, which has the grading standards, class rules, how to do makeups and more. You are responsible for the material in this document. (This is also known as the ‘greensheet’ in many De Anza classes.)

Read the swim class safety rules webpage and briefly write up three new safety rules you find. If you already knew all of them, write up the three most important to you. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title safety rules.

Note that I said briefly write up; these assignments do not require paragraphs and paragraphs of verbose prose.

Optional reading on preventing swimmer’s ear:

You should remove your piercings… optional reading: body piercings and lifeguards:

Optional: USA Swimming has a video on prevention of shoulder injuries in aquatics sports, with exercises you can try. Please do carefully follow the instructions and try the easier ones first.

Optional: STOP THAT CRAMP! 4 causes — and solutions — for muscle cramps during exercise


Homework due Saturday,

Read Water safety and briefly write up four new things you learned.

If you already knew everything at that page, write up the four most important things mentioned.
To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title water safety.

optional reading:



photo below copyright by Ken Mignosa:

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Homework due Saturday,

Read the Swim workout vocabulary webpage and briefly write up three new things you learned. If you already knew everything at that page, write up the three most important to you. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title swim workout vocabulary.

This is our third class session and if you want the points towards your grade for writing a 1,000 word term paper about swimming you should okay the topic with me by today. The course syllabus has all the info about the grading standards/points.


Homework due Saturday,

Read History of swimming section webpage through to History of aquatics not yet in the curriculum and briefly write up three new things you learned. If you already knew everything at that page, write up the three most important to you. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title History of swimming.


Read: How to rescue a drowning victim using a reaching assist or a shepherd’s crook and write up three new things you learned from the page.

If you already knew everything at that page, write up the three most important things mentioned.
To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title shepherd’s crook.

Please note there are two writing assignments on the history of swimming, the short one due today and the 500 word swim class short essay due later in the quarter.

The answer to the question: How much of this homework do I have to do to get the grade I want? is at the course syllabus, which has the grading standards.

optional reading, no homework to turn in:

rogue or sneaker waves


Homework due Saturday :

The American Cancer Society has skin cancer prevention info at:

Read it and write up three new things you learned. If you already knew everything at that site, write up the three most important things mentioned.

To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title skin cancer.


Go to:

and briefly write up two most important rules for you.

Then go to:

choose two topics and briefly write up two new things you learned at each of the two topics. If you did not learn anything new, write up the two most important things at each of the two topics.

To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title Nutrition.

Now could be a good time to start on the swim class short essay required by De Anza for all swimming classes.

optional reading, no homework to turn in:


Optional: Look up a food to get quick access to nutrition info for over 8,000 foods. Choose and compare 2 foods.

Optional :USA Swimming has nutrition articles at:

Sneak some more fruit juice into yourself or kids: Pour several different colored 100% juices into ice cube trays and freeze. When frozen, put an assortment of different colored fruit juice cubes into a glass and pour apple juice or white grape juice or sugar-free seltzer over the cubes.


Photo below by lifeguard instructor George Cullison.

Mallards in pool by George Cullison:


Homework due Saturday, :

Read the section on strength training in your text and take the open book strength training quiz at: swim class quizzes. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title strength training.

Read the stretching section of your textbook and take the open book stretching quiz at: swim class quizzes. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title Stretching.

If you did not get around to buying the text, there should be a copy at the De Anza Learning Center.

This could also help:

We will probably go over and grade these quizzes in class, so you won’t be able to turn them in late if we do.

Each first Saturday of the month (including . . . . .) there is a flea market at De Anza, (unless it is totally rained out), taking up a lot of parking space. There will be parking attendants asking for ten dollars to park, but if you have purchased a quarter-long permit and tell them you are there for a swim class, they should let you in without paying extra. DO NOT try to park in the lot on the east (Stelling road) side of the campus, there is almost always much more room, and less hassle if you park in lot E, on the other side of the PE quad. Find Lot E at:


Homework due Saturday, :

write the swim class short essay


Homework due Saturday, :

complete the swim class final exam.

OOPs, if it’s been awhile since you read the text; Fit and Well text chapter notes could help you with the final.

I scheduled most homework to be completed before the end of the quarter so you can concentrate on your other finals and since so many people need transcripts, so I can get grades in on time. IF I accept any homework late, I would appreciate it being turned in by today.


Saturday, last class, no homework due (except the journal/term paper if you decided to do one of them to get a high grade).

Please note again, I do not accept homework after the last class and I do not accept emailed homework.


Not really homework but we could try it in class:

How to blow giant bubble rings in a swimming pool


photo by Joyce Kuo diver summer PE 26C D class De Anza College: a diver takes off from a three meter diving board, caught in mid air

back flip photo by Joyce Kuo: swim student in mid air upside down during a back dive from a one meter diving boardJoyce Kuo took some pictures during a summer quarter 2010 diving class:


2005 pool and kayaks from above:

The De Anza Outdoor Club has a kayaking lesson in the De Anza pool each quarter on a weekend. Details and a few pictures from previous lessons are posted at:
kayaking / canoeing lessons



ocean kayak april 07 launching:

The Outdoor Club (usually spring break and October) Monterey ocean kayak day trip



On a weekend, Feb. 2 to 4, 2018, TWENTYEIGHTH ANNUAL De Anza College Outdoor Club Yosemite Valley Winter Camping trip.

Usually one of our biggest trips. Rain? Snow? Sleet? Sunshine? Raccoons (quite possibly IN the tents), Coyotes! Campfires! Night hikes, early morning hikes, long hikes to viewpoints above the valley, snowboarding, skiing, Ranger walks, Ranger snowshoe walks, ice skating, snow sculpture building. Many years we have people who have never been camping before and/or have never been in the snow. (So they’ve never been in a snowball fight, either.) Snow Camp

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spring 2006 flying off the surfboard: Outdoor Club surfing lessons spring quarter


You can download (for free, no secret code required) or print the

American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Manual at:

Red Cross swimming and water safety text cover: Red Cross swimming and water safety text coverdigital water safe manual: photo of a computer screen showing part of a digital text

(This had no index, so I wrote one: Swimming and Water Safety 2009 index .



lifeguarding 2012 text cover: cover of a lifeguard manual showing line drawings of three lifeguardsThe 2012 lifeguard manual is available for a free download at:


cover of a red Cross lifeguard training manual showing a rescue tube floating in a pool

The copyrighted 2016, released 2017 American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual is available for a free download at:

To make it easier to find the skills sheets pages write in your Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual


De Anza College home games usually has the dates of the campus blood drives as well links to student recitals, dance performances and art exhibitions.


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programs for student success in all kinds of classes, including tutorials, readiness, academic skills, instructional computing and more:

More students qualify for financial aid than use it or even know they qualify. There are enrollment fee waivers you can apply for online which take about a week to get an answer. For all the details go to:

You don’t have to pay for all your classes/fees at once. De Anza has an installment payment plan that allows you to defer most of your payments. Go to:

De Anza College offers many scholarships, some of which have few applicants!

Check out the loot:

The De Anza College Food Pantry provides food to students in need. You can get a bag of groceries with no forms to fill out.

Various local businesses give discounts to De Anza Associated Student Body card holders. A page of discounts (mostly 10% off food) is at

You can read the curriculum, (course outline or course content, usually designed by a division then reviewed and approved by the college) for any De Anza class at:


How to tell if the lifeguards are doing their job properly

The aim of this page is to provide swimmers, parents, child care providers and other swimming pool patrons with a few guidelines to help them determine if the lifeguards at the pool they go to are doing their jobs properly.


Many of my students ask me if I can teach their children to swim.

De Anza only has swim classes for teens and adults. For swim classes for kids (infants, toddlers or children, ages 3 months to 7 years), I recommend Sharky’s Swim School in San Jose. The owner is a graduate of De Anza lifeguard training, with 20 plus years of experience teaching babies and young children to swim. The pool is kept at 92 degrees so you and your baby won’t be cold. (408) 340-1937.


I recommend that if they have the time, all my swim students should also take KNES 50A/50L, and use the Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Center.


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Do it yourself earthquake preparedness

earthquake home hazards survey

Disaster planning


When you call 911 from a land line telephone, such as in your house,
you get dispatch for the city the phone (your house) is located in.
When you call 911 from a cell phone
you get the Highway Patrol at a central location.
Sometimes, especially if you are not calling about something
on the freeway/highway, it would be faster to get dispatch
for the specific city the problem is happening in.
This requires knowing the direct dial seven digit phone number
for each dispatch. In Cupertino, the number to get help quicker is 299-2311.

Direct dial emergency phone numbers for most cities in Santa Clara County, California, can be found at the Santa Clara County ARES/RACES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) website.

San Mateo County cities (and the San Francisco airport) direct dial phone numbers can be found at:


The deadline to register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election. If you will be 18 years old by the election day, but are not yet 18 by the registration deadline, you can still register to vote while you are 17. If you are homeless or living out of your car you can register to vote. There is no literacy requirement. If there are a multitude of items on the ballot and you only vote on one of them, your vote will still be counted. You can register to vote online, (using a computer, iPad, tablet or smartphone) at

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