University of Vermont

Physical Education Classes

Water Based Classes

Course descriptions reflect 2014-2015 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 036: Swimming 1-3

Instructor: Cara Hancy
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Fee: $50

The focus of this course is on the development of each student’s stroke technique in order to create, execute, and improve a level appropriate workout.  The students will be introduced to the four competitive swim strokes, and two survival strokes, if appropriate to their ability.  Using a combination of drills and equipment to challenge and create success in learning, refining, and improving their technique and fitness.   Students are encouraged to develop their own goals for the course and work with the instructor to achieve the goals.  This course is open to beginner level lap swimmers, those with no lap swimming experience, formal lesson experience, or some competitive swim history in grade or middle level school.  This class is appropriate if a swimmer needs guidance in breathing effectively, body position technique, or stroke fundamentals.  Swimmers need to be able to safely swim a length of the pool unassisted, submerge under water, float and tread water in deep water.  

PEAC 038: Swimming 3-4

Instructor: Cara Hancy
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Fee: $50

The focus of this course is to improve and refine student’s efficacy, skill level and fitness in the water.  The course will include the four competitive swim strokes, using drills with in each workout to challenge the swimming and create success in learning, refining, and improving their technique and fitness.  Students are encouraged to develop their own training goals and work with the instructor to achieve the goal, as well as understanding how to continue training in their own time after 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.  This class is an appropriate progression after completion of Swimming 1-3, Swim for Fitness, or for swimmers looking for quality workouts, technique improvements and supportive coach encouragement to swim stronger and smarter.  Swimmers need to be able to safely swim a length of the pool unassisted, 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 039: Swimming for Fitness

Instructor: Cara Hancy
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Fee: $50

The focus of this course is to improve students’ efficacy, skill level and fitness in the water.  The course will include the four competitive swim strokes, using a combination of drills and workouts to challenge the swimmer and create success in learning, refining, and improving their technique and fitness.  Students are encouraged to develop their own goals for this course and work with the instructor to achieve those goals. Through active engagement in this course, students will learn proper stroke mechanics and experientially learn about fitness principles and training systems to train for both endurance and speed. Swimmers need to be able to execute a few basic swim skills as a prerequisite to this course; safely swim the length of the pool unassisted, submerge under water comfortably, float on front and back and tread water.  

PEAC 041: Lifeguard Training

Instructor: Cara Hancy
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: Jen Guimaraes
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Fee: $200

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.

PEAC 047: SCUBA

Instructor: Rob Wilczynski
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $420

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.

PEAC 049: Learn to Sail

Instructor: Jen Guimaraes
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Fee: $200

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 199: Triathlon Swim Training

Instructor: Cara Hancy
Semesters Offered: Spring
Fee: $50

The goal of this course is to help each participant gain the skills needed to achieve success at the swimming portion of a triathlon event.  This swim course focuses on increasing endurance, efficiency and speed in the water.  Freestyle will be the prominent training stroke with a focus on improving technique along with strength, utilizing coached workouts based on your ability and goal.  The course objectives are to guide participants to create a training plan and journal, learn and execute new strokes to create balance and flexibility, write and execute workouts and discuss and practice open water swimming skills in the pool. This course is appropriate for swimmers with a basic understanding of the freestyle stroke and is suitable for participants with no experience training for a distance swim or for the athlete who wishes to improve their experience, comfort and time in the swim. 

 

 

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