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Kinesiology (KINES)

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

KINES 047A Advanced Beginning Swimming (1.5)

Kinesiology 047A introduces students who have limited swimming skills and knowledge to the performance of more refined strokes that can be used as lifelong activities for maintenance of physical health and psychological well-being. Students will be introduced to new strokes and techniques including the front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Proper breathing techniques will be stressed.

An introduction to personal safety and rescue skills provides the students with knowledge necessary for safe behavior in an aquatic setting. Students will have an opportunity to learn some basic self-help skills. Reaching and throwing assists from dry land will be included.

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 advanced beginning swimming class. Students will often work in groups to improve their swimming skills. Group games such as water polo and water basketball will help students develop endurance and strength.

When a student completes this course, he or she should possess skills necessary to swim continuously for at least four lengths of the pool without stopping. The student will also be able to understand and demonstrate hydrodynamic principles as they relate to movement in the water. Proper use of the diving board will also be stressed.

Various evaluation techniques will be used to assess individual progress in Kinesiology 047A. 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
Prerequisite: students should be comfortable in shallow and deep water and be moderately proficient in front crawl elementary backstroke sidestroke and breaststroke

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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