P.E. Classes FAQsDo I need to bring my gear the first day?
The first day of classes at De Anza has a large amount of paperwork to be done. For MOST weekday classes this means the instructor will go over the course syllabus, take roll, do adds and not really have enough time for a lot of instruction. For MOST weekend or evening classes, which are held only once a week for longer sessions each time, the class will have time to get in the pool, get out on the courts, etc. SUMMER quarter is an exception since it runs for fewer weeks with longer class sessions each time, so many classes do swim or play the first day. In any case it's wise to bring your shoes, shorts, hat or swimsuit, and towels, etc. because each instructor does things differently. But don't spend money on new technical gear until you have been to most beginner's classes and heard what the instructor wants you to get. Some De Anza classes provide some of the equipment you will need.
Where it lists a prerequisite, does that mean I have to have taken the De Anza prerequisite class before?
In the case of some De Anza courses, the prerequisites are literally required. For swim classes and most De Anza Physical Education classes, you only need have the skills of someone who has taken the preceding course. Some instructors will give a simple swim test or other test of some sort to judge if your abilities are sufficient.
In the space for the faculty member's last name what does "STAFF" really mean?
The class was not formally assigned at the time the schedule of classes went to print. It does not mean that there will be various staff members teaching the class over the course of the quarter. Sometimes you can find out the name of the instructor on the website schedule of classes.
How do I get a locker?
How to get a P.E. locker at De Anza College
Where can I get info about De Anza teams?
Go to: http://www.deanza.edu/athletics/
De Anza College home games also has links to student recitals, dance performances, art exhibitions and more.
What does it mean to ask for a P/NP grade?
P/NP (Pass/No pass) is explained in detail in the policies section of the schedule of classes, usually in the last few pages, and in the current De Anza catalog.
For some classes it is how the class is designated, such as the CPR recertification class, Health 57D. No student can get a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F), everyone either passes or doesn't.
For most De Anza classes, if a student doesn't want to try for a letter grade they need to do it shortly into the quarter (there is a deadline!). There are limits on how many units of P/NP can be applied to an A.A. degree.
You don't need permission of the instructor. You choose this online at My Portal, the teacher does not do it.
It has been the experience of this instructor that some students who opt for P/NP think it will make their lives easier and they don't try as hard. As a result, some get a N/P because they miss classes or don't do the work needed. So my advice is to consider your own motivation before you apply for a P/NP, and be sure you do enough work to get that passing grade.
When I tried to enroll I was put on the "WAIT LIST." How do I get moved to the enrolled list?
Attend class the first day and see what happens.
If a student who is enrolled does not attend the first class meeting, or if they are too late, the instructor has the option to drop them from class to accommodate students on waiting lists.
Some people will be enrolled in the wrong class because they belong in a more advanced class so they will be dropped. Some people may be enrolled in the wrong class because they don't have enough skill and will be told to take a lower level class. Sometimes the instructor may decide to take more people than the standard maximum enrollment (if the instructor has volunteer teaching assistants, for example).
Some people tell me they have tried more than once to get into my novice swim class, but are always too low on the waitlist. They have never taken any De Anza classes, so they have no priority for registration. I recommend they take other De Anza classes so they will be 'continuing' students instead of 'new' students the next time they register and will have an earlier registration date. At the very least attend class the first day to see if you can get in.
see also: wait lists, adds, drops
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for almost every certification you can earn in the De Anza lifeguard training class after you certify.
Go to: http://www.redcrossstore.org/dp.aspx?pgid=547
Lifeguard Training FAQs has details about the class.
Where can I find answers to questions about swim classes?
Go to Swim classes FAQs
I can't float, can I learn to swim?
I've never been in a swimming pool, can I learn to swim?
P.E. 26A is the Novice swimming class at De Anza. It's the class for adult non-swimmers. For info about the class click on these links:
Novice Swim FAQs
Letters from novice students
The campus newspaper first issue for Fall 2003 asked students:
What did you wish you knew when you first came to De Anza?
"The swimming program has a really good staff. Take advantage of the facilities we have. Set your goals and go for them!"
Can someone with a back or knee injury participate in the Fit Camp, P.E. 6U?
Fit Camp (which includes a look at the U.S. military boot camp regimen) has separate groups. In one class, for example, Blue is for those who like to run, and consider themselves fairly active. Yellow is for runners or walkers. Red is for those who have health problems, like a back or knee injury.
Fit Camp is often held early at 6 a.m. and in the evening as well.
For details, go to:
answers to the questions: What is the Wellness Center? and Can anyone work out in the Wellness Center? are at:
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Center
What will I be taught in (fill in the blank) class?
You can read the curriculum (course outline or course content, usually designed by a division and reviewed and approved by the college) for any De Anza class at: http://ecms.deanza.edu/deptoutlinespublic.html
De Anza offers Yoga classes, look for PE 2Y. Looking for Hatha Yoga? Look for a class taught by Coleen Lee-Wheat.
When are the holidays, last day to add, last day to...?
Go to: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/calendar/
Are there textbooks for P.E. classes?
Some classes do have texts. For the Lifeguard Training class, P.E. 28A, go to: Lifeguard Training FAQs
Other P.E. textbook info can be found at http://books.fhda.edu/fhda/textbooks.asp?mscssid=SCWNS3LQAVTE9M6JA59SAFAUAX83C4HA
Some of the certification programs require a CPR and/or first aid card. Can I get these at De Anza?
For info go to CPR AED and Red Cross First Aid
Where is SUNMU or BRNSWK?
These are off-campus locations for PE classes. Go to the campus map
at: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/map/ and click on Off-campus locations
Where are the pools?
Just about in the center of the campus. Look for the blue square and rectangle at this link to a campus map:
A more detailed map of the P.E. quad pool area, including nearby classrooms and the Division office is at:
How do I enroll at De Anza?
Registration steps are at: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/admissions/
For a virtual tour of De Anza go to: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/counseling/virtualtour/VTStart.html
Is there a catalog on-line?
The De Anza Catalog is on-line. The sections for Physical Education classes are included in:
Can athletes donate blood?
Part of winning is feeling that you are the best. Donating blood can give you a big personal lift, just from knowing you saved up to three lives. But maybe you shouldn't donate just before a big game. Get the answers at: Blood donation FAQs.
How can I tell if I'm in good shape?
Our text for P.E. classes, Fit & Well, has lots of laboratory activites, including tests to assess your current level of cardiorespiratory endurance and muscular strength. For fun you might want to compare yourself to a Navy SEAL candidate. The test is in How can I tell if I'm a good swimmer?
I don't have enough time to exercise, how can I make extra time?
Try the ideas at Sneaking exercise.
After my workout, what is there to eat on campus?
and click on weekly menu.
But stay away from the colas and soda! An article in the San Francisco Chronicle of April 4, 2003 said, in part:
"Soda consumption has been clearly linked to increased broken bones, obesity and osteoporosis. A Harvard School of Public Health study found that physically active teenage girls who were soda drinkers were three times more likely to break bones than their teammates who shunned carbonated drinks. For cola drinkers, the risk was five times greater, according to the study (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent medicine; June 2000)."
Buy or bring your own water, 100% fruit juice or milk.
NCAA's Eating On the Go has snack ideas at:
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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:
De Anza College offers many scholarships, some of which have few applicants!
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