beginning swimming at De Anza CollegeTaking a lower level swim class is not a strict prerequisite for a higher level, (such as taking PE26A before you can take PE26B) you just need the skills of a better swimmer. (A good swimmer would be very bored having to take a 26A novice swim class before they could go to beginning or intermediate.) PE 26B is listed as a prerequisite for lifeguard training, but you do not need to have actually taken any swim classes at De Anza to enroll in the PE28A lifeguard training class, you just need the skills of someone who has successfully completed the class.
PE 26B, the beginning swimming class at De Anza, requires some swimming skill. If you can't tread water for a long time, be sure to notice where the beginning class is held.
EPOOL refers to the east end of the De Anza Olympic sized pool. This is the shallow end with water 4 to 5 feet deep. Novice swim classes, a few beginning swim classes and water exercise classes are held there. For my shallow water beginning classes, you do not have to know how to tread water but should be able to swim some freestyle and backstroke.
MPOOL is the middle section and WPOOL is the west end of the pool. Both are in water that is at least 6 to 7 feet deep. If you can't swim back and forth in a pool in deep water you should not enroll in a swim class held in M or W pool.
Most beginning swim classes at De Anza are held in deep water.
P.E. 26A, the Novice swimming class at De Anza is the class for adult non-swimmers, either those who are afraid to get in the pool, or are just not ready for beginning swimming. Has it been quite awhile since you last swam, or did you forget how to swim? Are you self-taught? Are you uncomfortable in deep water? Then PE 26A could be the right class for you.
For info about the class click on these links:
Novice swimming has the goals
Novice Swim FAQs has more details
Letters from novice students
For answers to frequently asked questions about swim classes, click on this link: Swim classes FAQs
P.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. They are regularly taught together.
I expect that even in a C or D 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 swimmers don't have a butterfly, for example.
For some classes it lists a prerequisite, such as PE 26A is a prerequisite for PE 26B, but it only really means that someone have the skills of a PE 26A graduate. (A good swimmer would be very bored having to take a 26A novice swim class.)
Most B, C and D 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 beginning because they are afraid that C or D might be too much work.
Many 26 B swimmers might only have a couple of strokes.
Part of an email I got from a PE 26B beginning level swimmer:
"I wanted to thank you for an excellent Beginning swimming class. Prior to taking your class, I attended a swimming facility for over 9 months. The second day of your class was essentially equal to the 9 months spent at the other facilty. Your style of teaching is unique. Not only are the students physically in the water practicing their form but also being challemged mentally with the readings, films/movies, and the assessment of the video of our swimming performance.... Your constant focus on safety is commendable and I like that."
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 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.