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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 3 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: UC will limit transfer credit for any/all Physical Education activity courses to a maximum of 6 quarter units; not open to students with credit in ALAP 71X.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VII: Lifelong Learning
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify three of the primary components of fitness.
  • Students will be able to identify and discuss how this class has improved level of fitness, health and well being.


Group and/or individual water exercise program to increase muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, balance and coordination, relaxation, as appropriate.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. develop an individualized aquatic exercise program appropriate for the individual needs and goals.
B. identify and describe the components of a comprehensive aquatic exercise program, as it relates to the Student Educational Contract.
C. identify and demonstrate proper body mechanics when participating in an aquatic exercise program.
D. demonstrate measurable progress in improvement of physical fitness levels, including but not limited to cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and flexibility.

Course Content

A. Development of individualized aquatic exercise program
1. Components of aquatic exercise program
a. Flexibility
b. Gross motor skills
c. Cardiovascular endurance
d. Muscular strength and endurance
e. Balance and coordination
2. Application to individual abilities
B. Body mechanics
1. Utilization of equipment
2. Proper breathing technique
3. Body position
C. Equipment
1. Kickboards
2. Hand paddles
3. Flotation devices
4. Bottles
5. Marketed vs. home-made equipment

Lab Content

A. Exploration of water
1. Breath holding
2. Bobbing
3. Opening eyes under water
4. Floating
5. Prone glide
6. Back float
7. Leveling off
8. Mental aspects for first time swimmers

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Swimming pool.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Pre- and post-activity measurements
B. Written self-evaluation
C. Measurable progress on SEC
D. Oral or written tests/quizzes

Method(s) of Instruction

Laboratory, demonstration, discussion, cooperative learning exercises.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Knopf, Karl. Make the Pool Your Gym. Ulysses Press, 2012.

Although this text is older then the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Optional reading and writing assignments as recommended by instructor.



Physical Education (Adapted): Disabled Student Programs and Services