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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Aquatic family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate basic water safety skills a. floating b. backstroke c. freestyle
  • Students will demonstrate confidence in and around water.
Description -
Introduction to swimming and safety skills. Includes physical and mental adjustment to water, buoyancy and body position, survival skills, and basic swim strokes.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Use proper stroke and breathing mechanics for the front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke.
  2. Demonstrate proper technique for beginning swimming strokes.
  3. Explain personal safety skills usable during a water emergency.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Access of Swimming Pool

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Stroke Mechanics
    1. Front crawl
    2. Back crawl
    3. Backstroke
  2. Breathing Mechanics
    1. Front crawl
    2. Back crawl
    3. Backstroke
  3. General Safety Skills
    1. Learn safe diving rules
    2. Basic water safety techniques
    3. Become familiar with pool rescue equipment
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Skill demonstrations of strokes
  2. Journal Entries
  3. Writing assignments based on prepared reading materials
  4. Quizzes 1-4
Representative Text(s) -
Laughlin, Terry. Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. Print.

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
  1. Physical activity
  2. Video analysis
  3. Lecture
  4. Demonstration
Lab Content -
  1. Stroke Mechanics
  2. Breathing Mechanics
  3. General Safety Skills
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Attendance & observation at high school and/or college level swim practice and/or swim meet
  2. Journal Entries
  3. Reading instructor prepared materials and completing assigned writing assignments