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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 -
  • A successful student will be able to demonstrate the water exercise skills of running, cycling, cross country skiing, rock-climbing as well as flutter-kicking, frog-kicking, scissor-kicking and a series of abdominal/core-strengthening exercises, using hand buoys and a flotation belt.
  • Demonstrate improvement in cardiovascular endurance by ability to gradually increase effort and duration of participation
Description -
A unique non-impact form of aquatic exercise to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility while wearing a flotation belt to maintain an upright position in deep water.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. develop skills in deep water exercise
  2. practice exercise techniques for increased muscle tone.
  3. demonstrate improvement in flexibility.
  4. demonstrate improvement in cardiovascular endurance.
  5. understand the benefits of deep water in rehabilitating injuries or other debilitating physical conditions and show improvement.
  6. appreciate that aquatic exercise is enjoyed by diverse cultures around the world and is appropriate for a wide range of abilities and ages.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Pool with minimum depth of five to six feet.
Flotation Device
Hand Buoys for Resistance

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Deep water skills
    1. Running
    2. Cycling
    3. Cross country ski movements
    4. Stretching
  2. Exercise techniques
    1. Kicks
    2. Arm variations
    3. Skill movement
  3. Flexibility training
    1. Water stretching
    2. Land warm-ups
  4. Water rehabilitation
    1. Guarding movement
    2. Safety guidelines
  5. Water workout programs
    1. Age and disability guidelines
    2. Cultural variations
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Regular attendance and active participation
  2. Demonstration of improvements in cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance through the use of standardized tests.
Representative Text(s) -
White, Martha D. Water Exercise. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2010. Print.

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
  1. Cooperative learning exercises
  2. Laboratory
  3. Demonstration
Lab Content -
  1. Deep water skills
  2. Exercise techniques
  3. Flexibility training
  4. Water rehabilitation
  5. Water workout programs
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Optional reading and writing assignments as recommended by instructor.