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

For info about the novice swim class click on these links:

The first thing I recommend that people taking this class read is about how we can easily achieve social distancing if it is still needed by the time our class starts: Social distancing at the pool.

If you are not sure whether this is the right class for you, read a description of typical students and goals of the class at: Novice swimming

Novice Swim FAQs has the cost, etc.

If you think you can’t learn to swim, read Letters from novice students

swimmers front view freestyle 3 lanes:

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

This page will be updated closer to when the next class starts.


Fall quarter I will teach a novice swim class Saturdays, 10:00 AM-11:50 AM

register for: KNES D001A01 26659

We will be in the pool the first class Saturday, Sept. 25, so bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, (optional) swim cap.

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.

Sunscreen, P/NP grading, waitlists and more

are covered at

Swim classes FAQs

How to find the pools.


There is a great video of the De Anza College pool complexposter for a video tourat


Enrollment and registration steps for De Anza College are at:

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

We will likely not use the locker rooms when we first come back on campus. Again, see: Social distancing at the pool But in case we do, I am leaving this info:

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.

At the exterior pool end of the tunnel there are showers on the wall, especially good when the locker-rooms are closed.

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


There might not be any flea markets on campus when the campus first reopens after Covid, but I am leaving this info. When these classes are held on a weekend, please note, each first Saturday of the month 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: OR try the Flint Center parking garage, at the Stevens Creek and Highway 85 corner of the campus, as even the top floor has space most Flea Market days. You will need to plan time for the walk from there, but that could be faster than driving around and around looking for a parking space.


No, it is not too cold to take a swim class in an outdoor pool. The pool is heated enough for seniors exercise programs. A swim cap makes you warmer and faster. You can also stay warmer (and have more modesty) with ‘rash guard’ type tight-fitting shirt, cyclists shorts, 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.)

below, lifeguard Samir and swimmers model warm swimwear including various coverages of rash guards and jammers:

180 pixel rash guards: eight people standing on a pool deck, wearing rash guards

Many people wear a long sleeved rashguard top and jammers (men’s longer legged swim suit) for extra sun protection, modesty or warmth.

Ladies wear them for more coverage over their regular swim suit.

Some buy a spring (short sleeve, short leg) wetsuit for warmth.

If you want full coverage of your body, including arms, legs, neck and head, I suggest searching for Muslim swimsuits or full body modesty or Islamic modesty swimsuit. You can find designs for triathletes that will not interfere with swimming movements. Unfortunately, some modest swim “costumes” do interfere. I suggest that you look for a training, competition or triathlon swim suit in one piece, without a skirt or loose top, loose legs, and without a hat brim at the top of the forehead on the head covering. The head covering / hood should not interfere with your vision to the side as you move. Some people wear a rash guard type athlete’s suit with long legs, long arms and no hood, but wear a swim cap rather than a full hood. Some are made of materials that can provide sun protection.


There is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in a white box on the wall at the south-east end of the swimming pool, the pool shallow end, where our swim class meets.


It could be used, by anyone trained in how to use it, to help someone who has a massive heart attack and their heart stops. Please note that when someone opens the door to the box on the wall a loud alarm goes off that does not stop when the door is shut.

For those of you already trained in how to use an AED, the model originally put at the pool deck is a little bit different than most. To turn it on you pull where it says “PULL” and when that lid lifts off you will find the pads already attached to the machine. (Many other models have you plug in a connector for the pads.)

heart start AED

Photos of other locations around the campus are at AED locations at De Anza College

For an introduction to, or review of, CPR and the use of an AED, go to:

AED quick facts



The swimming pool area in the PE quad has electronic gates that AUTOMATICALLY open and lock up. You will always be able to exit the pool area using push bars on the inside of each door.

two large gate type doors with centered push bars


The classroom we will be using at the start of some classes (to watch Red Cross / USA Swimming how-to-do it videos) will be PE12U. To get to it from the pool deck, you would go through the doors/gates between PE buildings PE1 and PE2, turn left and look for a door in the building on your left with stairs up to PE12U. See buildings PE1 and PE2 at this map:

building with downstairs entrance to PE 12U De Anza College

(Ooooops, the tiny yellow letters in the photo above that you can barely read are where the door is.)


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


Pictures from summer quarter 2010: (jumping off the diving boards is optional in this class, but most students try it by the end of the quarter. Practice kayaking is an optional Outdoor Club event, not always a part of the class, but a lot of novice students join in the practice.)

2010 novice surfacing after jumping in Joyce Kuo photo: two lifeguards in the water close by as a novice swimmer surfaces after jumping into the De Anza poolJoyce Kuo photo De Anza novice swim class july 24: smiling student contemplates jumping off a diving boardjuly 24 PE 26A class photo by Joyce Kuo: jumping off a one meter diving board

Pictures from fall quarter 2010:

two photos below from Sumana Praharaju

getting back into a kayak photo by Sumana Praharaju: woman in a kayak gives a hand to another woman trying to climb inted and kanishka help on diving day by Sumana Praharaju: two volunteers give advice to a student just before she tries a dive from a sitting position at the side of a pool

photos below from Guru Parab

photo by Guru Parab Emily May with swim student: lifeguard in the water assists swim studentphoto by Guru Parab 2 just falling out of kayak: kayak tipping over in swimming pool and two people falling out intentionally

photo by Guru Parab Alan Ahlstrand watches two kayakers practice getting back into a kayak: lifeguard on pool deck watches two kayakers in the water on either side of a kayak just before they try to climb back into the kayak


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.


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 set of skills and knowledge about swimming.

Homework is required by the college. A previous Dean wrote the curriculum and specified term papers. For my classes I had my students decide what would be a good length for each paper and that is what we use.

De Anza requires that swim students are taught strokes, treading water and underwater swimming, (and in higher level classes, turns and diving). No De Anza College swim classes are just lap swim. The curriculum required by the college says that ALL 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.

and novice swim students will

Examine body position as it relates to individual stroke components.

Combine stroke components into whole swim strokes.

Demonstrate the ability to perform one major swim stroke for a distance of 25 yards.

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


1. Assigned readings from the text book ‘Fit and Well” by Thomas Fahey et al.

2. Review instructor generated handouts on basic swimming skills and water safety. (For this class the “handouts” are online and we will watch Red Cross/ USA Swimming how-to-swim videos.)

Writing –

Again, the lengths of these papers was decided by students.

1.Essay on one of the five components of fitness based on the textbook “Fit and Well” by Fahey et al.

(250 words)

(The five components to choose from are: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition, each a chapter in the text.)

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

(250 words)

3.Graded comprehensive final exam based on textbook readings and handouts

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. You will notice that some of the reading is listed as optional. For some you are asked to read the material, but not write up anything and turn it in. Others are “homework” assignments.

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.

I do not emailed assignments.

Summer quarter all homework must be turned in at Canvas, (not in a mailbox, etc.) by 1:50 p.m.____date To Be Announced___.

Ahwahnee lane line:


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The De Anza Library has free access for current students to the New York Times. Go to the library database 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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Free flu shots for students are offered each Fall quarter and often available later quarters.


pool lanes with swimmers doing various strokes

This will be updated closer to when the next class starts.


Homework is listed here for each day of class but is completed at the Canvas webpage all enrolled students will receive a link to.

Completed before the first session,

If you are waitlisted or read about this with not enough time to add before the first class, please at least read these.

If necessary for students who are not added before the first class, these can be completed in class during the first class session, Tuesday, June 29, 2021 :

– – – Read the Social Distancing During Swim Class webpage and take the mini-quiz at Canvas. (Also please note how we will take attendance shown at the Social Distancing During Swim Class page.)

– – – De Anza College swim classes have a release for all students to sign.

Since there is no format in Canvas (where you will be completing this) for a release to be “signed,” it is there as a “quiz.”

By answering TRUE to the swim class release quiz question at the Canvas class webpage, you are stating you agree to following the rules in the release, which you can read here.

– – – Read the swim class safety rules webpage and go to Canvas and take the mini-quiz. It is ‘open book,’ so you can have the safety rules webpage open on another tab on your computer while you take the quiz. Because it is open book you will have one try at completing the quiz.

– – – take the Survey of your current skills and personal goals for the class at Canvas

– – – Read the course syllabus (to be posted here closer to the start date for the class) , 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.)

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

– – – Each swim class at De Anza includes curriculum (the subjects that are supposed to be taught in the class) about hydrodynamics, some of which we usually discuss the first day of class. A project we might have the time for the first day will be easier if you have read: You CAN Float.

After class, start your personal practice journal, which you can read about here.

Again, please note: if you want to you can do the homework assignments listed at this webpage in advance of when they become available at the Canvas webpage, save them on your computer, then copy and paste them into Canvas.

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Reading with no writing assignment required:

Preventing swimmer’s ear

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

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

Along with the stretches we will try in class, this could also help:

U.S. Masters Swimming has tips for stretching for swimmers.


Dates / times Active Assailant Training (Run Hide Defend presentations) will be posted when know them.

Conference rooms A and B are upstairs in the Campus Center.

A closed-captioned version of the active shooter “RUN / HIDE / FIGHT” video is at:

in Spanish:

in Vietnamese:


Homework due Saturday, (TBA)

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.
Please note that this Water Safety reading is different than the Swim Class Safety Rules reading everyone did the first day of class.

optional reading:

reading with no writing assignment: Signs and symptoms of a heart attack; a discussion of consciousness; how to do compressions-only-CPR if you witness the sudden collapse of an adult; elements of effective, quality CPR compressions, heart disease and notes on how to call 911 are at hands only CPR

Start reading chapters 1, 2, 3 (cardiorespiratory endurance), (4 muscular strength, muscular endurance), 5 (flexibility), 6 (body composition) and 7 (putting together a fitness program) in Fit and Well.

At the end of the quarter you will need to turn in a 250 word Essay on one of the five components of fitness This link describes the essay and gives you sources of info on your choice of either cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, OR body composition.


Each first Saturday of the month (POSSIBLY including August 7) 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: OR try the Flint Center parking garage, at the Stevens Creek and Highway 85 corner of the campus, as even the top floor has space most Flea Market days. You will need to plan time for the walk from there, but that could be faster than driving around and around looking for a parking space.

Homework due Saturday, (TBA)

Read the Swimming vocabulary webpage

Optional Read the Swim workout vocabulary webpage


stripe of shimmering water


Sunday, May and October (TBA) . The De Anza Outdoor Club will go kayaking on Monterey Bay.

No kayaking experience is needed for this event. The trip is designed for first timers, but people with experience kayaking also join us, especially if they want to introduce friends to kayaking. (Some students have done this trip many times!)

13 students in kayaks in a row

Pictures from the kayak adventure Sunday, May 12, 2019 are at: Monterey ocean kayak day trip May 2019

This paddle can give you enough experience to volunteer at a San Francisco Bay swim race, (and decide if you want to try swimming one) such as the Golden Gate Sharkfest July 22, 2018


photo below copyright by Ken Mignosa:

cat exiting pool cover by Ken Mignosa 80 pixels:


Homework due Saturday, (TBA)

Read History of swimming section webpage through to History of aquatics not yet in the curriculum

Read: How to rescue a drowning victim using a reaching assist or a shepherd’s crook

Please note there are two writing assignments on the history of swimming, the short one due today and the 250 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 (link to be posted closer to the start of the class), which has the grading standards.

optional reading, no homework to turn in:

rogue or sneaker waves


This following date is subject to change. The last day to drop with a “W” (withdraw) is (TBA) so people who want to do so should probably drop after class (TBA). After (TBA) it is impossible to drop quarter-length classes and people who have not been regularly attending might not have a way to catch up on attendance, especially since there are no weekday or evening swim classes with shallow water you can do makeups in. Ways to be able to repeat a class are at: repeatability.

Homework due Saturday, (TBA):

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.


Optional reading with no homework:

How to Swim Healthy
Swimming offers many health benefits, but it is also associated with health risks (for example, diarrhea, drowning, and sunburn). Swimmers and hot tub users should learn how to protect themselves and others from potential health problems. You can choose to swim healthy by educating yourself and sharing information with family and friends.



Go to: Nutrition

and do the readings, choose a “powerhouse pre-workout snack,” and write up the assignment at the page at Canvas.

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Reading these fulfills part of the required curriculum for De Anza College swim classes (but is not a part of the homework assignment), that I choose to have you read about instead of spending swim class time with me lecturing on them, so we can be in the water more:

Mayo Clinic on what to eat before a workout:
“Eating and exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workouts

Knowing when and what to eat can make a difference in your workouts. Understand the connection between eating and exercise.”
Why swimming is so good for you
Should you warm up and cool down?


Finish reading chapters 1, 2, 3 (cardiorespiratory endurance), (4 muscular strength, muscular endurance), 5 (flexibility), 6 (body composition) and 7 (putting together a fitness program) in Fit and Well.

In two weeks you will need to turn in a 250 word Essay on one of the five components of fitness

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


Photo below by lifeguard instructor George Cullison.

Mallards in pool by George Cullison:


Homework due Saturday, (TBA) :

Turn in the 250 word Essay on one of the five components of fitness


Turn in the 250 word swim class short essay


swimmers showing high elbows on their freestyle

Homework due Saturday, (TBA) :

Complete the open book do-it-at-home 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.


Saturday, (TBA)

reading, no homework to turn in. These are more of the subjects in swim class syllabi that I choose to have you read about instead of spending swim class time with me lecturing on them, so we can be in the water more.



Homework due on our last day, Saturday, (TBA), the personal/practice journal, if you have been keeping one.

Please note again, all homework must be completed on Canvas, (not in a mailbox, etc.) by 1:50 p.m. today, December (TBA) and I do not accept emailed homework.



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, for

ONLY FOUR Friday afternoons.

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.


Photos by Joyce Kuo:

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 board


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


Alcatraz Island in background, 800 swimmers in foreground

I recommend volunteering at an Escape from Alcatraz swim BEFORE you try to swim it:

Escape from Alcatraz ‘Sharkfest’ swim volunteering

and participating in an Outdoor Club beginners Monterey kayak trip first will give you enough kayaking experience to volunteer.

line of kayaks with Monterey Bay Aquarium behind them
kayak with Monterey Bay Aquarium in background: mom and baby sea otter 300 pixels: mom and baby sea otter


Former De Anza student Ken Mignosa, (who yours truly trained at De Anza as a Red Cross lifeguard, mentored as a Lifeguard Instructor and then as a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, and who I occasionally teach with in lifeguard classes at the Fremont High School pool in Sunnyvale for the California Sports Center),

completed a 41-mile marathon swim, for 29 hours and 22 minutes, starting in Oxnard, swimming around Anacapa Island to Santa Cruz Island and then back to Oxnard on Sept. 21, 2018.

An article in the Silicon Valley Voice

It was a swim no one had ever accomplished before and it was the second longest solo marathon swim in California Channel Islands history. . .

Amazingly, Mignosa only began attempting marathon swims in July of 2017 at the age of 53.
“I’d be in [the pool] for an hour or two and I didn’t feel like it was enough,” said Mignosa. He laughs and says that the other downside was having to turn around too soon.
Now Mignosa swims in the San Francisco Bay where he only has to turn around when he’s ready to. Marathon swimmers are not allowed to use a wetsuit in challenges because it adds buoyancy to the swimmer, so Mignosa doesn’t wear one while training.
“Ideally, anything I do for training is colder than what I do for the marathon swim,” said Mignosa. “As long as you keep moving, it tends to be okay.”
Ken “completed the California Triple Crown in 2017 which includes a swim across Lake Tahoe, a swim from Catalina Island to the Mainland, and a swim from the Mainland to Anacapa Island . . .
. . . Mignosa now has his sights set on completing the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. He has already completed two of the swims — from Catalina Island to the Mainland and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim which takes you around Manhattan Island in New York. All that he has left is to swim the English Channel.”

Ken told me that the English Channel swim can cost, with the required official crew in a boat nearby, as much as $10,000.



On a weekend, Jan. 28 to 30, 2022, will be the THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL De Anza College Outdoor Club Yosemite Valley winter trip. Yosemite Valley Winter Camping trip.

Usually one of our biggest trips. Rain? Snow? Sleet? Sunshine? Raccoons (quite possibly IN the tents, but you don’t have to camp, you can get a heated tent cabin or even better overnight accommodations), 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

Snow camp group photo 2005 120 pxls: yosemitewinter2007106 pix: groupphotowinter2004106 pxl:


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


If you would like to do some reading about swimming strokes, or swimming in general, try the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Manual Its public libraries number is 797. This is the text for the Red Cross swimming teacher certification Water Safety Instructor.

It might be still downloadable for free. Go to
scroll down to Participant Materials and click on and open Swimming and Water Safety Manual.

The Cooper 12 minute swim test is on page 192, where it says “The 12-minute swimming test, devised by Kenneth Cooper, M.D., is an easy, inexpensive way for men and women of all ages to test their aerobic capacity (oxygen consumption) and to chart their fitness program.”

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

(The American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Manual had no index, so I wrote one: Swimming and Water Safety 2009 index).

sparkling swimming pool water

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

To get a free download of the copyrighted 2016, released 2017 American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual go to:

scroll down to

Participant Materials (Core)

then click on and save

Lifeguarding Manual June 2017

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

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The Red Cross prerequisite swim tests are described at: Lifeguard Training FAQS That page has lots of how to pass the tests advice, including some of the standards expected by the Red Cross and is worth reading thoroughly if you are tempted to try a lifeguard class.


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.


sparkling pool water

De Anza college student success center banner 80 pixels:

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 (also known as the Campus Cupboard) provides food to students in need. You can get a bag of groceries with few 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:

De Anza College offers offers help to quit smoking

Thirdhand smoke is residual nicotine and other chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. People are exposed to these chemicals by touching contaminated surfaces or breathing in the off-gassing from these surfaces. This residue is thought to react with common indoor pollutants to create a toxic mix including cancer causing compounds, posing a potential health hazard to nonsmokers — especially children.

Thirdhand smoke clings to clothes, furniture, drapes, walls, bedding, carpets, dust, vehicles and other surfaces long after smoking has stopped. . . ”

“Family Issues, romantic relationship difficulties, anxiety, stress” and other personal issues should preferably be dealt with while they are not a big deal, before they do become a big deal. “From time to time, problems of everyday living can be resolved through talking with friends, family, or someone whom we trust to help us. However, there are times when seeking help outside of one’s familiar environment might be more helpful. Psychological Services is here to meet such needs.”


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.


dark and light blue pool water ripples

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), I recommend Sharky’s Swim School in San Jose. The owner is a graduate of De Anza lifeguard training, with 25 plus years of experience teaching babies and children to swim. The pool is kept warm so you and your baby won’t be cold.


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.


toppled brick chimney USGS photo:

As a part of preparing for PG&E power outages, rolling blackouts or lack of power after an earthquake, you can do simple, inexpensive things.

Do it yourself earthquake preparedness

earthquake home hazards survey

Disaster planning

Community Emergency Response Team training


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.

Cupertino police/sheriff can be direct dialed from a cell phone at: 1 (408) 299-2311. De Anza emergency can be directly dialed from a cell phone at 1 (408) 924 8000.

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:

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If there are a multitude of items on the ballot and you only vote on one of them, your vote will still be counted.

If you are homeless, including living out of your car, you can register to vote.

There is no literacy requirement.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can pre-register to vote and you will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.

The main 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 are registering or re-registering less than 15 days before an election you will need to complete the same-day voter registration process and request your ballot in person at your county elections office or polling location.

BUT you can register to vote on election day as well.

You can register to vote online, (using a computer, iPad, tablet or smartphone) at

There actually have been elections that ended in a tie, in part because many people did not vote.

From Rock The Vote: “Millennials have the potential to be the largest voting bloc in our country but are voting at a fraction of their size, with an estimated 30 million young people staying home in 2012.”