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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 047 (GHA) Beginning Swimming (1.5) A course designed to give students skills and knowledge necessary to be safe in shallow and deep water.

KINES 047 Beginning Swimming (1.5)

Kinesiology 047 introduces students who are non-swimmers (or those who are fearful of water) to the performance of swimming skills that can be used as lifelong activities for maintenance of physical health and psychological well-being. Students will learn and practice a progression of swimming-related skills designed to acclimate the non-swimmer to the aquatic environment. An introduction to personal safety and rescue skills provides the students with knowledge necessary for safe behavior in an aquatic setting.

The course provides basic knowledge of physics and hydrodynamic principles that will help the students become more effective and efficient swimmers. Exercises and activities that relate to being in and moving through the water will enable the student to understand and demonstrate various hydrodynamic principles.

Group games and activities designed to improve fitness components of endurance, strength, and flexibility are a key component of the beginning swimmers class. Students will often work in groups to improve their swimming skills.

When a student completes this course, he or she should possess skills necessary to be safe in deep water. The student will have developed enough skill to enter deep water and swim at least the length of the pool unassisted. He/she will be able to understand and demonstrate hydrodynamic principles as they relate to movement in the water.

Various evaluation techniques will be used to assess individual progress in Kinesiology 047. These techniques will include (but are not limited to) objective tests, skills performance tests, and personal assessment inventories and assignments. Students will also keep a written journal of their activities.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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