PHED156 Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education
Course Number and TitlePHED156 Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
Number of Credits2 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
PrerequisitesBe at least 17 years old, show a current certificate for American Red Cross Emergency Water Safety Course or American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course
Other Pertinent InformationThis course fulfills a Personal Health Requirement in Category I: Essential Skills and Perspectives and the Category III requirements of the Core Curriculum at Bucks County Community College for Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving and Responsible Citizenship.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course is designed to teach students swim strokes and water safety techniques for American Red Cross certification in specific water safety courses. Included are specific concepts of planning, organizing, and teaching techniques. Lifetime health benefits related to proper nutrition and exercise physiology are examined.
Required Course Content and Direction
- The student will learn how to apply basic principles of effective movement while in water.
- The student will learn effective teaching techniques to utilize when instructing water safety concepts and skills.
- The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and how to apply them to a chosen activity.
- The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and how to apply them to his own diet.
- The student candidate will learn to teach American Red Cross Water Safety courses.
- The student will develop competencies in planning, conducting, and evaluating American Red Cross programs.
- The student will be expected to critically review current training literature as a Water Safety Instructor and learn how to change his/her training, if necessary, to conform with new and scientifically valid concepts.
- The student will learn to apply information from the Introduction to Health Service Education course to his teaching techniques in the Water Safety and swimming courses.
- The student will learn to plan and organize American Red Cross courses.
- The student will become more aware of the health and safety of other swimmers.
- The student will learn skills necessary to teach swimming and safety courses.
- The student will become familiar with educational methods, approaches and the practical application of such skills.
- The student will become knowledgeable of American Red Cross operations and policies.
This course satisfies the requirements for the BCCC Core Curriculum.
Core Learning Goals:
- develop attitudes, values, and skills which promote physical and emotional well-being to extend over the course of their lives.
Core Learning Objectives:
- recognize the components of wellness, exercise, and diet that contribute to life long physical, and mental wellness. (1)
- practice wise choices regarding exercise and diet. (1)
- apply appropriate skills to manage stress and anxiety in order to maintain holistic health. (1)
- describe the links between behavior and health over the course of a lifetime. (1)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
- integrate and /or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge.
- reason from what they know to form new knowledge, draw conclusions, solve problems, explain, decide, and /or predict. (Inductive and/or Deductive Reasoning Skills)
Responsible Citizenship: The student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of major ethnical concerns.
- demonstrate familiarity with contemporary environmental issues.
- identify the effects of a person’s actions on the community.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Basic Physiology of Exercise
- Principles of warm-up, stretching, and cool down
- Basic anatomy of muscles and joints
- Fiber type
- Muscular Contractions: isotonic, isometric, and isokenetic
- Muscular Metabolism
- Applied Physiology of Exercise
- Principles of an exercise prescription:
- Frequency, intensity, time
- Overload, progressive resistance, specificity, recovery
- Physiological effects of regular anaerobic exercise
- Physiological effect of regular aerobic exercise
- Cross training and how a variety of activities contribute to cardiovascular and total fitness
- The role of diet and nutrition - What is a quality diet?
- Weight management and body composition
- Cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis
- Heat balance, fluid, and electrolyte consumption
- Role of the nutrients in energy metabolism
- Relationship among stress, diet, and exercise
- Concepts of recuperation, positive adaptation and deconditioning
- Immediate and correct care of athletic injuries
- Evaluation of fitness progress and self-testing
- How to critically review the current literature in the areas of nutrition and physiology of exercise.
- Students will review and practice basic swimming strokes.
- Students will practice teaching water safety skills using the pool and classroom.
- Each student will learn to teach:
- Infant and Preschool Aquatic Program
- Longfellow’s Whales Tales Educational Program
- Progressive Swimming Courses
- Beginning level
- Advanced beginning level
- Intermediate level
- Swimmer level
- Advanced swimmers level
- Basic Water Safety
- Emergency Water Safety
- Required Textbooks and Manuals
- ARC Swimming and Aquatics Safety Manual
- ARC Basic Water Safety
- ARC Emergency Water Safety
- ARC Basic Water Safety & Emergency Water Safety Instructors Manual
- ARC Infant and Preschool Aquatics Program Parent’s Guide
- ARC Infant and preschool Aquatic Program Instructor’s Manual
- ARC Instructor’s Candidates Manual for the Introduction to Health Services Education
- Videos and Films
- Spinal Injury Management
- Boating Safety & Rescues
- Snorkeling Skills and Rescue Techniques
- Non-Swimming Rescues
- Survival Swimming
- Infant and Preschool Aquatic Programs
- Longfellow’s Whales Tales
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:
- Textbook selected by full-time faculty as recommended by the American Red Cross.
- Policies governing student evaluation, grades, and attendance, will be specified.
Teaching Methods Employed
- Lecture (teacher and student)
- Demonstrate WSI skills
- Practice WSI Skills
- Instructional videos from ARC
Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04