P.E. 26AP.E. 26A is the Novice swimming class at De Anza.
For info about the class click on these links:
If you are not sure whether this is the right class for you, read a description of typical students and goals of the class at: Novice swimming
Novice Swim FAQs has the cost, etc.
If you think you can't learn to swim, read Letters from novice students
How to find the pools, sunscreen, P/NP grading, waitlists and more
are covered at
Swim classes FAQs
See also: How to get a P.E. locker at De Anza College
This page is used for messages (see below) to my P.E. 26A students during quarters the class is in session.
Spring quarter 2013 I will teach two novice swim classes meeting on Saturdays starting April 13.
10 a.m. to 11:50, register for PE 026A-01L Call #01562
noon to 1:50, register for PE 026A-02L Call #01563.
We will be in the water the first day of class, so bring your swimsuit, towel, etc.
Each first Saturday of the month (including May 4, and June 1) there is a flea market at De Anza, (unless it is rained out), taking up a lot of parking space. There will be parking attendants asking for ten dollars to park, but if you have purchased a quarter-long permit and tell them you are there for a swim class, they should let you in without paying extra.
Info on how to get a parking permit is at: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/parking/
Enrollment and registration steps for De Anza College are at: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/admissions/
Find the diving well/pool on this campus map:
To get from the pool deck to the locker rooms, women enter the tunnel on the RIGHT from the pool deck and go directly up to their locker room. Men enter through the LEFT entrance and go down a hall to their locker room.
Men should note that there is a storage room in the left tunnel that is accessed by both female and male personnel, and they should change clothes in the locker room, not the tunnel.
A swim cap makes you warmer and faster.
Want to buy a spring (short sleeve, short leg) wetsuit or rashguard for extra sun protection or warmth? Take a look at:
below, lifeguard Samir and swimmers model warm swimwear including various coverages of rash guards:
How to get a P.E. locker at De Anza College
Pictures from summer quarter 2010: (diving is optional in this class. Practice kayaking is an optional Outdoor Club event, not a part of the class, but a lot of novice students join in the practice.)
Pictures from fall quarter 2010:
two photos below from Sumana Praharaju
photos below from Guru Parab
Homework ... in a swim class??
De Anza requires that swim students are taught strokes, treading water and underwater swimming, (and in higher level classes, turns and diving), and the curriculum says that swim students will:
Examine the global and historical development of swimming from survival to competition.
Experiment with the laws of physics as they apply to basic swimming skills.
Apply basic exercise physiology and nutrition to swimming.
Analyze causes of drowning and apply safe water practices.
These areas would require hours of lecture to cover them as required. In an effort to be able to spend more time in the water I have developed some short online reading assignments to cover most of them. Those that cover the De Anza requirements are required for a passing grade; do more and you can earn a higher grade.
Relax, these are short assignments.
Often the easiest way to do an assignment is to run your mouse across some of the text, copy it (click Ctrl C or Apple C on many computers) and paste it (click Ctrl V or Apple V) to a blank document on your computer. You can handwrite any assignment but it must be easily readable, so block printing is preferred and must be in letters at least as big as the type on this page.
The De Anza library has a lab where you can access computers: http://www.deanza.edu/library/librarywestcomputer.html and a few laptops for loan to students: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/library/laptop.html
Please note: you are responsible for keeping a copy of each assignment in case the one you turn in is lost and I do not accept emailed assignments.
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. there is a Farmer's Market on campus in the parking lot just outside the Visual and Performing Arts Center, see the map at: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/map/northeast_campus.html
Completed in class the first session, Saturday, April 13:
Read the course syllabus, P.E. 26A course syllabus, which has the grading standards, class rules, how to do makeups and more. You are responsible for the material in this document. (This is also known as the 'greensheet' in many De Anza classes.)
Read the swim class safety rules webpage and briefly write up three new safety rules you find. If you already knew all of them, write up the three most important to you. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title safety rules.
Note that I said briefly write up; these assignments do not require paragraphs and paragraphs of verbose prose.
Optional reading on preventing swimmer's ear:
Due Saturday, April 20
Due to the Coast Conference swimming and diving championships using our pools, we will meet in a classroom for videos and an introduction to treading water. I will describe where to find the classroom on the first day of class, but in case you forget and look here, the classroom, PE673, is at the end of a hallway on the south side of the pool area. If you are on the upper level and walk towards the center of the lockerroom building you should find a doorway with a small sign on it telling you that PE673 is at the end of the hall. At the end of that hall the classroom is on the right, an entrance to the men's lockerroom is on the left.
Homework due April 20: read Water safety and briefly write up four new things you learned.
If you already knew everything at that page, write up the four most important things mentioned.
To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title water safety.
Read the swimming vocabulary webpage and briefly write up three new things you learned. If you already knew everything at that page, write up the three most important to you. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title swimming vocabulary.
The answer to the question: How much of this homework do I have to do? is at the P.E. 26A course syllabus, which has the grading standards.
STOP THAT CRAMP!
4 causes -- and solutions -- for muscle cramps during exercise
rogue or sneaker waves
During class April 20 I talked about the Sharkfest swim. Details about the Sunday, May 19 race can be found at: Escape from Alcatraz 'Sharkfest' swim volunteering
and at: http://www.sharkfestswim.com/default.asp?PageID=20154
Homework due Saturday, April 27:
read History of swimming section webpage through to History of aquatics not yet in the curriculum and briefly write up three new things you learned. If you already knew everything at that page, write up the three most important to you. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title History of swimming.
How to rescue a drowning victim using a reaching assist or a shepherd's crook and write up three new things you learned from the page.
If you already knew everything at that page, write up the three most important things mentioned.
To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title shepherd's crook.
This our third class session and if you want the extra points towards your grade for writing a 1,000 word term paper about swimming you should okay the topic with me by today. P.E. 26A course syllabus, has all the info about the grading standards/points.
photo below copyright by Ken Mignosa:
Each first Saturday of the month (including May 4) there is a flea market at De Anza, (unless it is rained out), taking up a lot of parking space. There will be parking attendants asking for ten dollars to park, but if you have purchased a quarter-long permit and tell them you are there for a swim class, they should let you in without paying extra.
Homework due Saturday, May 4:
The American Cancer Society has skin cancer prevention info at:
Read it and write up three new things you learned. If you already knew everything at that site, write up the three most important things mentioned.
To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title skin cancer.
USA Swimming has nutrition articles at:
read the first two featured articles and briefly write up two new things you learned from each of them. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title Nutrition.
optional reading, no homework to turn in:
Search nutrition at the Ironman website for lots of recent articles:
Now could be a good time to start on the swim class short essay required by De Anza for all swimming classes.
Homework due Saturday, May 11:
1) read the section on strenght training in your text and take the open book strength training quiz at: swim class quizzes. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title strength training.
2) read the stretching section of your textbook and take the open book stretching quiz at: swim class quizzes. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title Stretching.
If you did not get around to buying the text, there should be a copy at the De Anza Learning Center.
This could also help:
These two quizzes can't be turned in late. We will probably go over and grade them in class.
Optional: USA Swimming has a video on prevention of shoulder injuries in aquatics sports, with exercises you can try. Please do carefully follow the instructions and try the easier ones first.
Homework due Saturday, May 18:
swim class short essay
Escape from Alcatraz 'Sharkfest' swim volunteering has details about the swim race we talked about that any of you could become good enough swimmers to participate in. It will be held Sunday, May 19 this year and some students will be volunteering at it, (but the volunteering will not be a De Anza or Outdoor Club sponsored event and it can't get anyone a higher grade in a class they take from me).
No class and no homework due Saturday, May 25.
Each first Saturday of the month (including June 1) there is a flea market at De Anza, (unless it is rained out), taking up a lot of parking space. There will be parking attendants asking for ten dollars to park, but if you have purchased a quarter-long permit and tell them you are there for a swim class, they should let you in without paying extra.
Homework due Saturday, June 1: swim class final exam
OOPs, if it's been awhile since you read the text; Fit and Well text chapter notes could help you with the final.
No homework due Saturday, June 8
I scheduled most homework to be completed well before the end of the quarter so you can concentrate on your other finals and since so many people need transcripts, so I can get grades in on time. If I accept any of the regular homework assignments late, I would appreciate them being turned in today.
Free 15 minute chair massage from the P.E. Division Massage Therapy Program Chair Massage class, Wednesday, June 12 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the main quad by the fountain and library. First come, first served.
Last class, no homework due (except the journal/term paper if you decided to do one of them to get an A)
Saturday, June 15
Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m. free Music Department Student recital at A11 Choral Hall.
The De Anza Outdoor Club has a kayaking lesson in the De Anza pool each quarter on a weekend. Cost details and a few pictures from previous lessons are posted at:
kayaking / canoeing lessons
I will give one class makeup for a blood donation each quarter, or, if you can't donate blood, two hours of work at the De Anza blood drive.
Read Blood donation FAQs to learn about donating. Show me the 'receipt'
they give you after the donation, dated this quarter,
before the last day of class.
De Anza College home games usually has the dates of the campus blood drives as well links to student recitals, dance performances and art exhibitions.
programs for student success in all kinds of classes, including tutorials, readiness, academic skills, instructional computing and more:
More students qualify for financial aid than use it or even know they qualify. There are enrollment fee waivers you can apply for online which take about a week to get an answer. For all the details go to:
You donít have to pay for all your classes/fees at once. De Anza has an installment payment plan that allows you to defer most of your payments. Go to: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/registration/cashier/deferpay.html
De Anza College offers many scholarships, some of which have few applicants!
Check out the loot:
Various local businesses give discounts to De Anza Associated Student Body card holders. A page of discounts (mostly 10% off food) is at http://www.deanza.edu/dasb/discounts/index.html
You can read the curriculum, (course outline or course content, usually designed by a division then reviewed and approved by the college) for any De Anza class at: http://ecms.deanza.edu/deptoutlinespublic.html
How to tell if the lifeguards are doing their job properly
The aim of this page is to provide swimmers, parents, child care providers and other swimming pool patrons with a few guidelines to help them determine if the lifeguards at the pool they go to are doing their jobs properly.
Many of my students ask me if I can teach their children to swim.
De Anza only has swim classes for teens and adults. For swim classes for kids (infants, toddlers or children, ages 3 months to 7 years), I recommend Sharky's Swim School in San Jose. The owner is a graduate of De Anza lifeguard training, with 20 plus years of experience teaching babies and young children to swim. The pool is kept at 92 degrees so you and your baby won't be cold. (408)340-1937. http://sharkysswimschool.com/
I recommend that if they have the time, all my swim students should also take PE 70/71, and use the Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Center.
has links to
goals, muscle pain, exercising with asthma, exercising with diabetes, staying fit over sixty, exercise recommendations for low back pain, calculating your exercise target heart rate and lots more.
Emergency managers warn us: "YOYO96...You're on your own for 96 hours. With preparation you can get through it... if you have thought through everything you can be prepared..."
earthquake home hazards survey
A link you can send to friends and family about Do it yourself earthquake preparedness: http://faculty.deanza.edu/donahuemary/stories/storyReader$4079
When you call 911 from a land line telephone, such as in your house,
you get dispatch for the city the phone (your house) is located in.
When you call 911 from a cell phone
you get the Highway Patrol at a central location.
Sometimes, especially if you are not calling about something
on the freeway/highway, it would be faster to get dispatch
for the specific city the problem is happening in.
This requires knowing the direct dial seven digit phone number
for each dispatch. In Cupertino, the number to get help quicker is 299-2311.
Direct dial emergency phone numbers for most cities in Santa Clara County, California, can be found at the Santa Clara County ARES/RACES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) website.
San Mateo County cities (and the San Francisco airport) direct dial phone numbers can be found at: