P.E. 26CP.E. 26C is the intermediate swimming class at De Anza. P.E. 26D is the advanced swim class. P.E. 6G is the aerobic swim class. In each of these students work on improving their strokes and building speed and endurance. Since they are often taught together, this is the main webpage for all three.
During quarters when I teach any of these there will be info, homework and a link to the course syllabus at this page.
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
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
This page is used for messages (see below) to my P.E. 26C/26D/6G students during quarters the class is in session.
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', some 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 a C, D or 6G 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 C/D/6G swimmers don't have a butterfly, for example.
Most PE 26C, 26D and 6G 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.
Bring your swimsuit and gear because we will get in the water the first day. We will need to spend a lot of time on paperwork, but will at least do a short swim test of freestyle and backstroke to see if if anyone would get more out of a beginning swim class.
When these classes are held on a weekend, please note, each first Saturday of the month there is a flea market at De Anza, 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 will let you in.
Info on how to get a permit is at: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/map/parkinginfo.html )
How to get a P.E. locker at De Anza College
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.
Homework ... in a swim class??
All swim classes at De Anza share the same curriculum, (the course content, designed by De Anza College).
Every instructor must give short answer and multiple choice examinations and assign the same short essay on the history of swimming.
Each must teach the same set of skills and knowledge about swimming, but each instructor can go about reaching the goals listed below in different ways.
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, including those in aerobic swimming, 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.
De Anza also specifies that there will be assignments, such as:
Reading - text, handouts, outside source (library, web, magazine, etc.)
1.One short essay on the history of swimming or swimming in the student's home country
2.Short answer and multiple choice examinations
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 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.
SUMMER QUARTER 2011 HOMEWORK:
Completed in class the first session, Monday, July 2 or Tuesday, July 3:
Read P.E. 26C, 26D & 6G 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 swimmer's ear:
optional reading: body piercings and lifeguards: http://www.aquaticsintl.com/2002/july_aug/0207_rm.html
Due Wednesday, July 4 / Thursday, July 5:
No class July 4 and no homework either day.
Due Monday, July 9 / Tuesday, July 11:
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 Swim workout 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 workout vocabulary.
The answer to the question: How much of this homework do I have to do? is at P.E. 26C, 26D & 6G course syllabus, which has the grading standards.
STOP THAT CRAMP!
4 causes -- and solutions -- for muscle cramps during exercise
rogue or sneaker waves
Due Wednesday, July 11 / Thursday, July 12:
read History of swimming section webpage through the first section 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. OR people anticipating taking lifeguard training spring quarter can read History of lifesaving 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 lifesaving.
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.
photo below copyright by Ken Mignosa:
Homework due Monday July 16 / Tuesday, July 17 :
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.
Now could be a good time to start on the swim class short essay required by De Anza for all swimming classes.
Optional : there is a tutorial on doing eggbeater at:
Homework due Wednesday, July 18 / Thursday, July 19:
USA Swimming has a nutrition article at:
read it and briefly write up three new things you learned. To avoid confusion in recording your homework put your name at the top of the page, and the title Nutrition.
Search nutrition at the Ironman website for lots of recent articles:
Homework due Monday July 23 / Tuesday, July 24 :
1) read: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/html/fw/fwFit03StrengthTraining.html
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.
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.
These two quizzes can't be turned in late. We will probably go over and grade them in class.
Homework due Wednesday, July 25 / Thursday, July 26:
swim class short essay
Homework due Monday July 30 / Tuesday, July 31 :
Final exam (take home) swim class final exam
The final should not be turned in late since we will probably go over and grade the final in class.
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 (except the journal/term paper if you decided to do one of them) the last week and a half so you can concentrate on your other finals.
Last classes Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9
Lifeguard Training FAQs Tempted by lifeguard training next spring quarter? To get a head start, I recommend taking the first aid class.
Fall quarter is the only quarter with an evening class and the only quarter with two classes, so there is room for more than the students who are required to take the class.
We meet for only four sessions, not all quarter. We finish before finals week and do not meet during finals week.
HLTH 57A-55 (20844) meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30 to 9:20 for two weeks, Oct. 2, 4, 9 and 11.
Each first Saturday of the month (including July 7 and August 4 for anyone doing some kind of makeup) 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 will let you in. Parking spaces are saved for students on the top of the Flint Center parking garage.
Info on how to get a permit is at: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/parking/
Not really homework but we could try it in class:
How to blow giant bubble rings in a swimming pool
Joyce Kuo took some pictures during the summer quarter 2010 diving class:
The Outdoor Club usually has a kayaking lesson in the De Anza pool every quarter on a weekend. Details and a few pictures from a previous lesson are posted at:
kayaking / canoeing lessons
I will give one class makeup for a blood donation, or, if you can't donate blood, two hours of work at a 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 muscle pain, calculating your exercise target heart rate and lots more.
FLU advice from the Centers for Disease Control:
earthquake home hazards survey