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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 -
  • Identify the basic training principles of cardiovascular exercise
  • Describe the physiological benefits of regular aerobic water exercise
Description -
An aerobic water fitness program applying the basic principles of exercise and dynamics of water movement.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. apply the basic principles of cardiovascular exercise.
  2. practice water dynamics.
  3. calculate exercise heart rate range and monitor pulse rate during exercise and recovery phase.
  4. recognize basic physiological benefits of regular aerobics water workouts.
  5. identify signs and symptoms of water aerobics training intolerance.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Swimming pool.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Training principles of cardiovascular exercise
    1. Intensity
    2. Duration
    3. Frequency
    4. Warm-up
    5. Cool down
  2. Water dynamics
    1. Propulsion
    2. Treading
    3. Resistance
  3. Physiological benefits
    1. Muscular strengths
    2. Cardiovascular fitness
    3. Muscular endurance
    4. Flexibility
    5. Body composition
  4. Symptoms of exercise intolerance
    1. Muscular strength
    2. Cardiovascular fitness
    3. Muscular endurance
    4. Flexibility
    5. Body composition
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Tests of aquatic proficiency
  2. Physical skills and techniques will be assessed by direct instructor observation
  3. Written final examination will test knowledge of:
    1. Training principles of water exercise
    2. Formulation of personal water workouts
    3. Beneficial effects of water workouts.
Representative Text(s) -
Katz, Jane. The Aquatic Handbook for Lifetime Fitness. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2010.

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
  1. Discussion
  2. Oral presentations
  3. Laboratory
  4. Demonstration
Lab Content -
  1. Training principles of cardiovascular exercise
  2. Water dynamics
  3. Physiological benefits
  4. Symptoms of exercise intolerance
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Optional reading and writing assignments by instructor.