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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 047B (GHA) Intermediate Swimming (1.5) A course designed to teach students a variety of swimming strokes and increase their knowledge of fitness using aquatic activities.

KINES 047B Intermediate Swimming (1.5)

Kinesiology 047B introduces students who have attained moderate swimming skills and knowledge to advanced swimming strokes and related swimming activities that can be used throughout one's lifetime 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. Students will also be taught the trudgen, trudgen crawl, inverted breaststroke, and overarm sidestroke. Body alignment, coordination, and proper breathing techniques will be stressed. Students will be required to swim longer distances in this class than in Kinesiology 047 or Kinesiology 047A. The course provides the information that the student needs to understand, organize, plan, and implement a physical fitness program that features swimming as the primary activity.

Personal safety and rescue skills as well as swimming rescues using equipment will be part of this class. Students will have an opportunity to learn how to help themselves and others in an aquatic environment. Group games and activities designed to improve fitness components of endurance, strength, and flexibility are a key component of the intermediate 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 Kinesiology 047B, he or she should possess skills necessary to swim continuously for at least five hundred yards (twenty lengths of the pool) without stopping. Proper use of the diving board will also be stressed. The students will be able to perform a forward dive in tuck and/or pike position at the completion of this class. Each student will be able to identify the components of an effective physical fitness program and explain how swimming contributes to the success of this program. Students should be able to develop a swimming program that would help them meet realistic fitness goals.

Various evaluation techniques will be used to assess individual progress in Kinesiology 047B. 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: KINES 047A or equivalent skills; students should be safe in deep water and have proficiency in the 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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