University of Vermont

Physical Education Classes

Water Based Classes

Course descriptions reflect 2017-2018 academic year offerings.

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PEAC 005: Club Sports

These courses are reserved for participation in a Club Sport and are therefore only available for members of the clubs.  If you are not a member of a club sport but are interested in joining, please contact the club directly to learn about joining.  You can find a directory HERE.  After you have joined the club, you will then be eligible to receive credit.

PEAC 030: Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Instructor: Ali Marchildon
Semesters Offered: Fall only
Fee: $215

This course is designed to introduce students to the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. After the first class, students will be able to get up on the board, stand up and stay up.  A portion of class time will include strength training and conditioning both outdoors on land, and in the South End Surfset Fitness Studio. As the course progresses, students will be taught more advanced stroke techniques to increase speed and endurance on longer distance paddles.  The final week will include an introduction to paddle board racing, sprint starts, buoy turns and distance endurance.  Weather permitting, students will be introduced to paddle board yoga. Paddle distance and location will be determined based on weather and wind direction. Beginners are welcome, but all students must be competent swimmers and comfortable in open water. Please see the special instructions page for more information.

PEAC 039: Swimming for Fitness

Instructor: Eli Barrett
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $55

The focus of this course is to improve and refine student’s efficacy, skill level and fitness in the water. This course will introduce, refine, and use technique drills to develop the four competitive swim strokes. Swimmers will also be introduced to the swim culture of circle swimming, using pace clocks, starts and finishes, interval training, and some long distance endurance training. With guidance from the instructor students will develop training goals and learn how to continue training even after the completion of the course. This course is open to swimmers with some experience with the four competitive strokes or experience with training for swim events such as triathlons, open water or swim meets. Swimmers need to be able to safely swim a length of the pool unassisted, comfortably submerge under water, float and tread water in deep water. Swimmers should also have a knowledge base of the freestyle stroke and execute a lap with rhythmic rotary breathing.

PEAC 041: Lifeguard Training

Instructor: Eli Barrett
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Fee: $275

Students will complete all classroom and pool requirements necessary to sit for the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Exam. Students will be trained in CPR, AED and First Aid so that anyone passing all components of the class will leave with the skills and certifications necessary to become a lifeguard. The course will be taught by an American Red Cross certified instructor. Execution of the prerequisite swim skills session is required in order to be eligible to sit for certification, and to ensure the safety of all class participants throughout the course.  Course fee includes instruction, online ARC blended learning course, digital certification card, rescue mask, and hip pack.

PEAC 045: Intermediate Sailing

Instructor: Mary Dowd
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Fee: $215

This course is a perfect follow up to the Learn to Sail course, or an ideal choice for sailors who are already comfortable with the basics. Following a review of nomenclature and basic rigging, safety and sailing maneuvers sailors will advance to on-the-water activities that consolidate skills and teach new ones during longer sails around Burlington Bay. This course will refine boat handling skills and introduce advanced equipment. Sailors will also learn beginning racing skills including starts, tactical tips, and winning strategies. Please see the special instructions page for more information.


Instructor: Rob Wilczynski
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $445

The NAUI SCUBA Diver course is an entry-level certification course designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed for open water SCUBA Diving activities. Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the areas and activities approximate those of training. This course is the foundation of all future training and therefore basic requirements must be met such as academics, pool work and check-out Dives. Please see the special instructions page for more information.

 PEAC 049: Learn to Sail

Instructor: Mary Dowd
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Fee: $215

This class includes an introduction to sailing, nomenclature, wind awareness, weather, rigging, points of sail, tacking and jibing, docking, mooring, and general boating safety. At the completion of the course, you will receive a US Sailing Small Boat Certification. This class is held off-campus; students will be required to sign a transportation waiver and provide their own transportation. Please see the special instructions page for more information.

PEAC 099: Triathlon Training

Instructor: Kim Loeffler
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $95

This course will prepare students to successfully compete in a Sprint or Olympic distance triathlon and/or improve upon their current level of triathlon fitness.  Cardiovascular and functional strength training sessions will be performed to improve overall power, strength and endurance in each of the three triathlon disciplines (swim, bike, run).  Instruction covers basic training principles, technique development, transitions and competitive readiness.  Classes will be adjusted to accommodate and benefit all levels of experience from novice to advanced. Class will take place in the PFG Athletic Complex (pool, cycling room, and track/outdoors).



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