De Anza College swimming logo: the words De Anza College below a line drawing of water waves and a person swimming KNES 001C (formerly P.E. 26C) is the intermediate swimming class at De Anza. KNES 001D (formerly P.E. 26D) is the advanced swim class. KNES 002A (formerly P.E. 6G) is the aerobic swim class. In each of these students work on improving their strokes and building speed and endurance. Since they are often taught together, this is the main webpage for all three.

During quarters when I teach any of these there will be info, homework and a link to the course syllabus at this page.

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Winter quarter 2017 De Anza College offers an intermediate and aerobic (which can substitute for advanced) swim class Saturdays, Jan. 14 to March 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:50. We have the entire swimming pool, so we can use both shallow and deep water as needed. You might have your own lane for workouts, but at least you will only have to share with one other swimmer.

Sign up for intermediate (34099) KNES-001C-01L OR aerobic (34098) KNES-002A-01L .

I suggest that if you have not taken intermediate or advanced swim at De Anza before you should sign up for intermediate, KNES 001C. If you have taken both intermediate and advanced swim, you can’t repeat them, so sign up for aerobic swim KNES002A.

The first day of 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. Get ready for lifeguard training Some students 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 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 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.

No, it is not too cold to take a swim class that starts in 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 a men’s ‘jammer’ long-legged swimsuit 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

When these classes are held on a weekend, please note, each first Saturday of the month there is a flea market at De Anza, 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 will let you in.

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? Read: beginning swimming at De Anza College or intermediate swimming at De Anza College

Enrollment and registration steps for De Anza College are at:

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

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 001C, KNES 001D and KNES 002A 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 beginning 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).

Every instructor must give short answer and multiple choice examinations and assign the same short essay on the history of swimming.

Each must teach the same set of skills and knowledge about swimming, but each instructor can go about reaching the goals listed below in different 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, including those in aerobic swimming, 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 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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Completed in class the first session, January 14, 2017 :

Read the course syllabus, KNES 1C 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, Jan. 21

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:


The Outdoor Club will have a Tent pitching lesson today, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. to possibly as late as 3 or 4 p.m. (or less time if there are fewer people) at the east end of the Stelling parking structure.

This is also a good time to sign up for the Yosemite trip AND if you want to rent gear from the club, to pick out which tent you want to sleep in, kind/model of sleeping pad(s) you will use on the Snow Camp. You will need to have made the replacement value /late fee and cleaning fee deposits at Student Accounts before you pick up any club owned gear you borrow. (Pick up is at the mandatory pre-trip meeting the following Friday Jan. 27, 6 p.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. also at the east end of the Stelling parking structure. The pre-trip meeting is your LAST CHANCE to sign up for the trip, if there is room left.

Take a look at: How to pitch the Cabela eight-person tent

and for a laugh:

an eight person tent holds this many campers


photo below copyright by Ken Mignosa:

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Homework due Saturday, Jan. 28

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. P.E. 26C, 26D & 6G course syllabus, has all the info about the grading standards/points.


No class Feb. 4, due to the Yosemite National Park camping trip.


On a weekend, February 3-5, 2017 , TWENTY-SEVENTH 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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Homework due Saturday, Feb. 11

Read the 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 KNES 1C course syllabus, which has the grading standards.

optional reading, no homework to turn in:

rogue or sneaker waves


No class Saturday, Feb. 18 due to the holiday


Homework due Saturday, Feb. 25 :

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, March 4 :

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 March 4) 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, March 11 :

write the swim class short essay


Homework due Saturday, March 18:

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.

It would be quite nice if people who want to go on the spring break kayak trip signed up by today, instead of waiting until the last chance next Saturday. Signing up will go MUCH faster if you have read all of

Monterey ocean kayak day trip

and the contract you must agree to before you sign up.

If you want to help out at the Alcatraz swim race June 4, to get a better idea of whether you want to try swimming it next year, please also read:

Alcatraz Sharkfest swim volunteering

Sharkfest 2004 jumping into bay:


Saturday, March 25

last class, no homework due (except the journal/term paper if you decided to do one of them to get an 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



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

As of Sept. 2017 the free download no longer exists and I am trying to track it down.

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



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:

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The De Anza Library has free access for current students to the New York Times. Go to the library home page: and click on, The New York Times. At the next screen, log in with your Portal IDs. On the next screen, create an account.

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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 PE 70/71, and use the Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Center.


toppled brick chimney USGS photo:

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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