Mary Donahue KNES001C

Mary Donahue KNES001C

KNES001C

KNES 001C  (formerly P.E. 26C) is the intermediate swimming class at De Anza.  KNES 001D (formerly P.E. 26D) is the advanced swim class. KNES 002A (formerly P.E. 6G) is the aerobic swim class. In each of these students work on improving their strokes and building speed and endurance.

Winter quarter 2017 De Anza College will offer an intermediate and aerobic swim class Saturdays Jan. 14 - March 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:50. We have the entire swimming pool, so we can use both shallow and deep water as needed. (Since we have soooo much space on Saturdays, people can expect to have their own lane for workouts, or at least only have to share a lane with one person instead of circle swim with three others.) Enroll in intermediate (34099) KNES-001C-01L.

I suggest that if you have not taken intermediate or advanced swim at De Anza before you should sign up for intermediate, KNES 001C. If you have taken both intermediate and advanced swim, you can't repeat them, so sign up for aerobic swim KNES002A.  (Enroll in aerobic (34098) KNES-002A-01L). We will have no advanced swimming class on Saturdays, but people in the intermediate or aerobic swim class can do much of the same work.

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/instructor trainer, I can help you work on passing all the pre-tests for a lifeguard class (Red Cross or YMCA) and we have people planning to take the class for that reason. 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 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 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 1C/1D/2A swimmers don't have a butterfly, for example.


Most intermediate, advanced and aerobic 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.



No, it is not too cold to take a swim class that starts in January. The pool is heated enough for seniors exercise programs. A swim cap makes you warmer and faster. You can also stay warmer with 'rash guard' type tight-fitting shirt, cyclists shorts, a wetsuit vest, a spring (short sleeve, short leg) wetsuit, but many people just go ahead and swim. (I often wear a men's 'jammer' long-legged swimsuit over my regular suit when I swim at 6:30 a.m. in the winter.)<p>

During quarters I teach KNES 1C there will be info, homework and a link to the course syllabus at http://marydonahue.org/knes001c

Taking a lower level swim class is not a strict prerequisite for a higher level, you just need the skills of a better swimmer. Not sure which class to take? Read: beginning swimming at De Anza College or intermediate swimming at De Anza College

 

You do not need to buy a textbook for any class I teach. We will talk about it in class the first day of class.

 

We will be in the water the first day of class so plan to bring your swimsuit, towel(s), cap, etc.



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Last Updated: 11/21/16