Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 287
Course Title:
Professional Activities: Aquatics
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Course Description

Explores fitness instruction and leadership in the field of aquatics. Incorporates principles of hydrodynamics and exercise to achieve total fitness. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Fitness Technology Program or instructor approval and WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Explore aquatic fitness employment opportunities.
  2. Apply knowledge of exercise science and hydrodynamics to aquatic exercise.
  3. Model quality aquatic instruction principles when teaching aquatic exercise to clients.
  4. Design and implement aquatic exercise programming.
  5. Utilize and enhance aquatic programming and teaching strategies learned through critical analysis of professionals in the industry.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written research assignments
  • Written quizzes and examinations
  • Program write-ups
  • Teaching demonstrations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Aquatic certification and employment opportunities
  2. Target heart rate in an aquatics environment
  3. Exercise physiology in an aquatic setting (cardiovascular response, thermoregulation, special populations)
  4. Industry safety issues, standards, legal/liability issues (special populations/pool environment)
  5. Hydrodynamics and teaching in the water (differences from land)
  6. Aquatic exercise lesson plans and teaching demonstrations
  7. Benefits of water exercise
  8. Aquatic teaching styles, methods, and class program and content
  9. Principles of fitness including warm-up, cool down, stretching, training modes, intensity, etc.
  10. Music and equipment selection
  11. AEA and industry standards for aquatic programming and implementation