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.

This page will be updated the next time I teach a KNES2A class.

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

Enrollment and registration steps for De Anza College are at:

High School students can take classes at De Anza College, see:

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has the most current info about any requirements for Covid vaccinations and boosters.

Note that we have never had to wear Covid masks in the pool.

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swimmers showing high elbows on their freestyle

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.

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.)

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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 about the deep water swim test here.

(There might also be time for an optional workout after 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, 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.


sparkling swimming pool water

The class webpage, with all the homework and more,
for beginning swim (KNES1B) and aerobic swim (KNES2A)
is here.

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Sunscreen, P/NP grading, waitlists and more

are covered at

Swim classes FAQs

How to find the pools.

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

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. In Spring 2022, two swim students got A+ grades in the class, and one of them, who had practiced various lifeguard swim tests during swim class, went on to pass a lifeguard class two weeks later..


Get ready for lifeguard training.

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.


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 usually, but not always, a part of the last day of my swim classes. It is optional and will not apply to your grade.

woman in a lifejacket on a stand-up paddleboard at a swimming pool