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Aquatic Fitness - 1st year

Designed for students who are at the beginning swimming level. Beginning Aquatic Fitness will increase cardiovascular development, instill a knowledge of correctly performed aquatic stroke techniques and efficiencies, teach water safety and develop an appropriate workout program to be used as a lifelong leisure-time activity. Students will practice freestyle, breaststroke and back stroke.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate improved endurance;

2. Demonstrate improved strength and flexibility as demanded by swimming;

3. Demonstrate improved coordination and rhythm by being able to perform the strokes taught in class;

4. Demonstrate understanding of bodily changes through swimming exercise, and be able to set up a personal fitness program.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Concepts of Swimming

a. Identifying ways of applying overload and specificity to an exercise program

2. Cardiovascular Activity

a. Techniques to obtain cardiovascular efficiency
b. Self testing techniques

3. Flexibility Activity

a. Techniques for optimum stretch
b. Value of flexibility

4. Relationship of exercise and nutrition

a. Pre-exercise meals
b. Carbohydrate loading

5. Water safety and first aid

Method of Instruction:

1. Participation in class activities

2. Analysis and demonstration by instructor

Types of Assignments:

1. Written exam that demonstrates knowledge of swimming

2. Construct a journal that analyzes exercise activities and how the individualís physical and mental attitude is affected by the activities