PHED 1055

Credit Hours


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Catalog Description

A course designed to introduce students of various ages and fitness levels to participate in a vigorous, aerobic activity while reducing the chance of injury.  Activities which promote cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility are emphasized and modified to be done in an aquatic setting. 


Water Aerobics by Terry-Ann Spitzer Gibson, Wadsworth publisher (newest edition)

Expected Educational Results

After completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Be able to identify the components of a personal exercise program on a written exam
2. State on a written exam the role of sleep, rest, diet, and nutrition on successful participation in an exercise

3. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology in aquatic fitness on a written exam
4. Demonstrate in class and on a skills test the proper techniques for various aerobic exercises in the water
5. Develop a personal exercise prescription that includes aquatic fitness activities
6. Utilize aquatic evaluation skills to test for increases in aerobic capacity
7. 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. Benefits of a water aerobics fitness program
2. Fitness assessment
3. Water aerobics fitness programming:
    Basic principles of water exercise
    Special considerations
    The water aerobics class
    Special equipment
4. Shallow and deep water aerobic exercises
5. Nutrition and weight management
6. Healthy lifestyle approach
7. Cardiorespiratory activities
8. Pre and post testing for cardiorespiratory endurance