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

The first day of advanced swim class I do a survey of what people want out of the class and what skills they have. I cover the required curriculum and try to meet people’s needs as well. Some students want a ‘get ready for lifeguard training class’, and since I am a lifeguard instructor, I can help you work on passing all the required pre-tests for a lifeguard class, either Red Cross or YMCA as well as get some practice on lifeguard skills.

Some want to get ready to learn to scuba dive or try a triathlon. Some want a review of all the strokes, others want mostly to get in shape. Every quarter, in every swim class I teach, I videotape at least each student’s freestyle (unless you really don’t want to be taped). People tell me they learned more from seeing their stroke than from years of swim drills.

I don’t assume that anyone has been on a swim team. I teach almost everything from scratch. You don’t have to already know how to dive into a pool or do a turn. You should be quite at ease in deep water and have most freestyle and backstroke basics down.

I expect that even in an intermediate, advanced or aerobic swim class class, many of the students will not have been doing a lot of swimming recently and might be out of shape, so there is no 500 yard prerequisite swim test. I also don’t expect all the strokes from higher level swimmers, as it has been my experience that most C/D/6G swimmers don’t have a butterfly, for example.

Most intermediate, advanced and aerobic swim classes have students with a wide variety of skills. Sometimes people take a different level of swim class just because it is held at the right time for their schedule. Sometimes really good swimmers take intermediate because they are afraid that advanced might be too much work.

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 beginning swim class.

swimmers showing high elbows on their freestyle

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are covered at

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Winter quarter quarter 2020 I will teach an intermediate, advanced and aerobic swim class Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11:50.

I suggest that if you have not taken intermediate or advanced swim at De Anza before you should sign up for intermediate, KNES 01C-01L. If you have taken both intermediate and advanced swim, you can’t repeat them, so sign up for aerobic swim, KNES 2A-01L

Otherwise, to register for advanced look for KNES1D-01L.

pool lanes with swimmers doing various strokes


HLTH-057A, the De Anza class for certification in Red Cross first aid (or just to learn first aid) meets your choice of fall, winter or spring quarter

ONLY FOUR Friday afternoons from 1:30 – 4:20 p.m.

Various swim students have taken the class in anticipation of possibly becoming lifeguards.

One swim student got the highest A+ in the HLTH57A class fall quarter 2018, another swim student got a perfect score on the final exam in spring 2019.

There is a free download of the text available at the class webpage.


Get ready for lifeguard training.



and homework assignments for KNES 1D will be at: KNES 001C since they are the same for intermediate and advanced swim students, and even aerobic swim students, when I teach the classes together.


You do not need to buy a textbook for any class I teach. (The text costs $128.60 at the bookstore as of winter 2017.) There are some copies of the text for this class on reserve in the Learning Center. Students can share a book. If you have already purchased any version of the series, or choose to buy an older version, any version will work for this class. We will talk about this in detail the first day of class, so please put off buying the text until after the first class session.


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