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Effective Term:
Winter 2017 through Summer 2024

Course Number:
PE 180A
Course Title:
Beginning Swimming
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:

Course Description

Introduces swimming and aquatic skills to those who have very limited or no swimming skills and may be uncomfortable in the water. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate “Adult Swim - Learning the Basics" swimming skills using standards set by the American Red Cross.
  • Develop and apply proper skills in order to advance into the PCC Intermediate Swimming class.
  • Apply knowledge and respect for water safety and rules for lifelong enjoyment of swimming.
  • Improve swimming fitness and overall conditioning for maintaining lifelong health and fitness.

Course Activities and Design

Students will be given individual attention while practicing the strokes in a large group setting. Each skill will be demonstrated, explained, analyzed, and each component practiced to build on previous experiences to develop competency. Red Cross standards will be used as guidelines. Students provide swim suits, and goggles are recommended.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Specific grading policies will be discussed at the first class meeting and presented in a hand-out. Grades will be based upon:

  1. Attendance
  2. Active participation
  3. Testing

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Instructional Goal:
A goal is set to have the student accomplish the skill standards as set forth by the American Red Cross and the college instructor.

  1. Breath-holding (10-second minimum)
  2. Rhythmic breathing
  3. Prone float
  4. Prone glide (minimum 10 feet)
  5. Back float (at least 10 seconds)
  6. Back glide (minimum 6 feet)
  7. Prone glide with kick (minimum 20 feet)
  8. Back glide with kick (minimum 20 yards)
  9. Crawl arm stroke (minimum 20 yards)
  10. Arm stroke on back (fins or sculls minimum of 20 feet)
  11. Crawl stroke (minimum 20 yards)
  12. Combined stroke on back (minimum 10 yards)
  13. Change of direction
  14. Turning over
  15. Leveling off in deep water
  16. Feet-first jump into deep water
  17. Jump into deep water, level, and swim
  18. Combined skills
  19. Diving


Instructional Goal:
A goal is set to introduce the student to non-swimming rescues and rescue breathing.

  1. Explanation of double drownings
  2. Throwing rescues, e.g., ring buoy
  3. Extension rescues
  4. Partner or group rescues
  5. Demonstration and explanation of rescue breathing (films
  6. or mannequins)
  7. Small craft safety demonstration