PHED 1051

Credit Hours


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Catalog Description

This is a basic swimming course for the non-swimmer or the weak swimmer.  Emphasis is placed on helping students learn how to swim and to sustain themselves in a survival position until assistance is available.


Swimming by Betty J. Vickers and William Vincent, Brown and Benchmark publishers (newest edition) or Connect Plus Access Card for Connect Get Active by Lochbaum, McGraw Hill publisher (newest edition) (text depends on instructor)

Expected Educational Results

After completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Successfully perform (prone) front and (supine) back floats
2. Successfully execute the elementary backstroke, front crawl, and the back crawl
3. Successfully tread water using proper foot and hand motions
4. Demonstrate how to enter the water feet first and resurface to a swimming position
5. Turn over from a front floating/swimming position to a back float/swimming position and then from a back

     floating/swimming position to front floating/swimming position
6. Have an understanding of the terminology used in swimming
7. Understand the basic concept of safety and values of swimming
8. Improve their cardiorespiratory fitness level

General Education Outcomes

I. This course addresses General Education Outcome number nine “to apply the basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness”.

Course Content

1. Rules of safety in swimming
2. Brief history of swimming and definitions of terms
3. Beginning techniques for non swimmers
4. Basic swimming techniques (floats, breath control, treading water, turning over, kicks)
5. Basic swimming strokes (elementary backstroke, front crawl, back crawl)
6. Cardiorespiratory Activities
7. Pre and post testing for cardiorespiratory endurance