KNES 002A (formerly P.E. 6G) is the aerobic swimming class at De Anza College.
Our Olympic-sized swimming pool, with 22 lanes, (25-yards-long) has more than adequate space for keeping people more than 6 feet apart. See details of how we will do it at:
social distancing during swim class, which all students should read before the first class session if at all possible.
We will be in the pool the first class, so bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, (optional) swim cap.
The first class we will do a short swim test of freestyle and backstroke to see the level of swimming skill people have
and a deep water swim test to make sure people who want to swim in deep water are safe there. Read the swim test here.
(There might also be time for an optional workout after class.)
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. Aerobic swimming is listed in the schedule of classes as KNES 2A.01, also referred to by course record number (CRN #37663)
If you find that the aerobic swim class fills up, instead of getting on the waitlist, see if there is space in KNES 1C (intermediate) or KNES 1D (advanced swimming), as all three are taught at the same time and cover mostly the same things. (I often find people in intermediate who have advanced skills and in advanced with an intermediate skill level.)
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, and I have mentored swimmers to do open water swims. 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, 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/2A swimmers don’t have a butterfly, for example.
Sunscreen, P/NP grading, waitlists and more
are covered at
How to find the pools.
There is a great video of the De Anza College pool complex at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upsndI_J1Dg
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.
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.
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.