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CCOG for PE 180L Fall 2023

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Course Number:
PE 180L
Course Title:
Swim Conditioning I
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Course Description

Focuses on improvements in cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength/endurance, and flexibility through swimming. Includes water/land exercises, lap swimming and water games. Recommended: intermediate level swim skills or equivalent. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Each student may wish to purchase swim goggles, which are recommended, but not required. Swimsuits are required - must be in good condition and clean, no cut-offs. Swim caps are optional. Hair is not permitted to hang in the face. Towels, lockers, and locks are provided to each student on a check-out basis.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon  completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Improve general and swimming fitness levels for maintaining lifelong health and fitness.
  • Develop, apply and improve swimming skills and techniques for lifelong enjoyment of swimming.
  • Apply knowledge and respect for universal water safety and rules around the pool environment.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Beginning, midterm, and end of term fitness assessments.
  • Observation, evaluation, and feedback
  • Class participation and attendance

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Safety aspects of aquatics
  2. Swimming training methods
  3. Hydrodynamic principles
  4. Skill/fitness development and improvement
  5. Lap swimming etiquette
  6. Opportunities for community/competitive swimming
  7. Creating a positive environment for enjoying swimming training
  8. Benefits of a physically active lifestyle


  1. Assess intensity using target heart rate and rating of perceived exertion.
  2. Demonstrate competency using the front crawl, back crawl, and breast stroke.
  3. Perform various training methods including interval, fartlek, long-slow-distance, and continuous.
  4. Demonstrate proper warm-up, cool down, and flexibility exercises for swimming.
  5. Demonstrate proper use of equipment including fins, paddles, pull buoys, kick boards.
  6. Perform skill drills and games including 2-pool swims, finger drag, vertical flutter kicking, press your buoy, catch-up stroke, swimming golf, water polo, relay races, diving, and timed swims.
  7. Interact and share swimming knowledge in a group setting.