De Anza College swimming logo: the words De Anza College below a line drawing of water waves and a person swimmingKNES 002A (formerly P.E. 6G) is the aerobic swimming class at De Anza College.

If you have not swum in awhile (or have never been swimming) and are not sure which De Anza swim class is the right class for you, read a description of typical students and goals of the novice swim class at: Novice swimming




Winter quarter 2020 I will teach an aerobic swim class (along with beginning, intermediate and advanced) 10 – 11:50 a.m. Saturdays, beginning January 11.

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 pre-tests for a Red Cross or YMCA lifeguard class. 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 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 intermediate, advanced or aerobic class swimmers don’t have a butterfly, for example.

Most KNES 001C, KNES 001D and KNES 002A (formerly PE 26C, 26D and 6G) 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.


The class webpage when Beginning and Aerobic are taught together (Fall / Winter) will be at: KNES001B.

The class webpage when the intermediate, advanced and/or aerobic swim classes are taught at the same time, (WINTER) with homework and a link to the course syllabus, will be at: KNES001C

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



winter quarter 2020

HLTH-057A, the De Anza class for certification in Red Cross first aid (or just to learn first aid) will meet

ONLY FOUR Friday afternoons starting January 10, in S56.
register for HLTH 57A 55L (36216)

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

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.


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


Get ready for lifeguard training.

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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

There is a great video of the De Anza College pool complex at



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The De Anza Outdoor Club usually has a kayaking lesson in the De Anza pool each quarter on a weekend. Details are at kayaking / canoeing lessons


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


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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!

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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.


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:

This will get you to a page that says:

Instructor Candidate Resources

Instructions, course materials and resources

Then scroll down to and click on Lifeguarding (or any other program that interests you)

then scroll down to

Lifeguarding Manual June 2017                 Document

and click for the download.

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


I recommend that if they have the time, all my swim students should also take KNES-050A / KNES-50AL (formerly PE 70/71), and use the Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Center.


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Do it yourself earthquake preparedness

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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: