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PFW Course Descriptions


*PFW 1101 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (Emphasis on Yoga)

This purpose of this course is to help students of all fitness levels develop a solid foundation of training principles and guidelines for flexibility, fitness and wellness components and misconceptions, nutrition, weight control, stress management, and contemporary health issues. Specifically, this course will explore hatha yoga postures, principles of movement and balance in yoga, breathing techniques, meditation techniques, stress reduction, and relaxation. Upon the completion of the course students will have developed a working knowledge of the benefits of exercise and a physically active lifestyle, and developed physical activity behaviors associated with a lifetime of personal fitness and wellness.

*PFW 1110A Beginning Aerobics

The purpose of this course is to help students improve personal fitness and health as they learn the fundamentals of a safe and effective aerobics program. This is an exercise class geared towards aerobics conditioning with an emphasis on increasing cardiovascular fitness. Students will be exposed to a variety of fitness activities, including but not limited to: hi/low, step aerobics, kickboxing and resistance training. Upon the completion of the course students will have knowledge of the lifetime benefits of aerobic exercise, knowledge of health related fitness components, and awareness of proper safety techniques.

*PFW 1110B Intermediate Aerobics

The purpose of this course is to help students improve personal fitness and health through participating in a safe and effective aerobics program. This is an exercise class geared towards a moderate to vigorous aerobics conditioning program with an emphasis on increasing cardiovascular fitness. Students will be exposed to a variety of fitness activities, including but not limited to: hi/low, step aerobics, kickboxing and resistance training. There is also an emphasis on student choreography and leadership. Students will be required to create and teach their on combination routines in hi/low or step aerobics. Upon the completion of the course students will have knowledge of the lifetime benefits of aerobic exercise, knowledge of health related fitness components, and awareness of proper safety techniques.

*PFW 1110C Gymnastics

The purpose of this course is to help students improve overall physical fitness with an emphasis on muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility through a variety of gymnastic activities. Strength conditioning, flexibility, core strength and balance exercises lead into basic gymnastics skills, which are integrated in routines on the floor and apparatus. Apparatus events include high bar, parallel bars, uneven parallel bars, balance beam, pommel horse and still rings. Students should posses sufficient strength, balance, and flexibility to safely support their weight through inverted positions. Upon the completion of the course students will have developed a working knowledge of the exercises and physical active benefits associated with a variety of gymnastic skills.

*PFW 1110E Beginning Jogging and Conditioning

The purpose of this course is to help students improve personal fitness and health through active participation in a safe and effective jogging and conditioning program. Students will learn the lifetime benefits of walking & jogging and the health related components of fitness. Correct biomechanical movements will be emphasized along with fitness and health improvements for all students. Upon completion of the course the students will understand the importance of proper safety techniques and the cardiovascular benefits of activities associated with jogging and conditioning.

*PFW 1110E Beginning Jogging and Conditioning (Emphasis on Walking)

The purpose of this course is to help students improve personal fitness and health through active participation in a safe and effective walking and conditioning course. Students will learn and participate in the health related fitness components associated with walking. Personal fitness and health improvements will be targeted and evaluated. Upon completion of the course the students will understand the importance of proper safety practices, correct walking biomechanics, techniques for varying speeds and the cardiovascular benefits of specific types of walking and conditioning activities.

*PFW 1110F Basic Fitness Activities

The purpose of this course is to help students improve personal fitness and health through active participation in a variety of safe and effective health related fitness components. The class includes a variety of aerobic activities, weight lifting, core strength and flexibility exercises. Students will gain a basic understanding of the physiological foundations of weight training and fitness running/walking as well as proper nutritional concepts. Upon the completion of the course students will have developed a working knowledge of a variety of exercises and their role in establishing a physically active lifestyle for a lifetime of personal fitness.

*PFW 1110G Beginning Wt. Training

The purpose of this course is to help beginners build a solid foundation of current knowledge and experience in beginning weight training and prepare them for a lifetime of healthy weight training practices. This course will include the teaching of proper technique and safety practices for more than 50 strength training exercises designed to work all major muscle groups, a basic understanding of the physiological and anatomical concepts necessary to understand weight training, an understanding of the many health benefits associated with weight training, nutritional considerations and weight training myths. Upon the completion of the course the student will have learned how to perform resistance exercises, conducted and interpreted strength assessments and learned how to plan and design a personal strength-training program.

*PFW 1110H Physique Development (Off-Campus)
Instructor: Bobby Warren

The purpose of this course is to teach students a variety of options pertaining to workout programs and exercises for each major muscle group. Workout programs are designed to accommodate the goals of each student once the basic program is set up. Each student will be evaluated on a weekly basis on what they would like to change or add to their workout program so that the routine is dynamic and customized. The curriculum will include proper lifting technique, workout program design, nutritional information and cardiovascular programs to help achieve desired results. This information will benefit the student even after completion of the course. Numerous handouts will be given to each student regarding health benefits, nutritional information and exercise benefits. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate the basic fundamental skills of physique development and explain the benefits of this activity as a lifetime activity for health related fitness. Registration in this course will also provide the student with a semester membership to the San Marcos Athletic Club to be used anytime during business hours 7 days a week. The class meets at the San Marcos Athletic Club (S.M.A.C) located at 126 South LBJ Street. This is one half of block south of the downtown courthouse square.

An additional fee of $69 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
Bobby Warren
San Marcos Athletic Club (SMAC)
126 S LBJ Dr.
San Marcos, Texas
512-392-0098

PFW 1110K Restricted Fit Activities (Special Approval Needed)

The purpose of this course is to accommodate special needs students with their pursuit of healthy fitness activities. Students will need to contact the PFW office and apply for approval into the class. The course is not conducted in a set environment or at a set time.

*PFW 1125A Beginning Wrestling

The purpose of this course is to help students gain proficient skills and knowledge of three types of wrestling: Greco-Roman, freestyle and collegiate.

Most of the emphasis will be placed on learning correct safety practices and techniques associated with collegiate style wrestling. Skills and safety techniques associated with take downs, escapes; reversals and pins will be taught along with strength and flexibility exercises. Course discussions will include how wrestling is one of the first Olympic sports and is also a good source of self-defense. Upon completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate and explain the basic fundamental skills in collegiate wrestling as well as explain how these skills may vary in the other forms of wrestling.

*PFW 1130A Beginning Basketball

The purpose of this course is to help students gain proficient skills and knowledge of the game of basketball. This is an introductory course for students with limited or no playing experience. Instruction will include techniques for ball handling, passing, dribbling, rebounding, shooting, offense, and defense. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, and conditioning for basketball. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate the basic fundamental skills in basketball, explain the benefits of basketball as a lifetime activity for health related fitness, and apply the basic rules and terminology to recreational basketball.

*PFW 1130B Soccer

The purpose of this course is to help students gain proficient knowledge of the game of soccer. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the concepts of skill development and instructional practices, rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, referee skills, skills testing suitable for all levels, and conditioning for soccer. Upon the completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate the basic fundamental skills in soccer, explain the benefits of soccer as a lifetime activity for health related fitness, and apply the basic rules and terminology to recreational soccer.

*PFW 1135A Aquatic Exercise

The purpose of this course is to help students improve cardiovascular fitness and health through active participation in a variety of safe and effective water activities. This is an exercise class conducted in the water with an emphasis on increasing cardiovascular fitness without stress to the joints of the body. This is a vigorous activity class. You do not have to be able to swim to participate in this course, but it is preferred that you do have a minimum of skills, as there are several deep-water components in the course. The student’s head should not have go underwater. The student will learn basic hydrodynamic principles in order to use the water most effectively in acquiring muscular strength and endurance. This is a good course for someone who has compromised lower extremities and would like to achieve or retain their cardio-vascular fitness level. While it is low impact, it is not low in activity level. By the end of the course, the student should be able to show improvement in their cardiovascular endurance, increase their muscular strength and endurance, increase their flexibility and learn safe techniques for conditioning their cardiovascular fitness without increased joint stress.

*PFW 1135B Aquatic Conditioning

The purpose of this course is to increase cardiovascular fitness without stress to the joints of the body, increase swim distance and decreasing time in swimming laps in a closed course. This course contains vigorous lap swimming. The student should have good swimming skills to enroll. The student should be able to demonstrate improved stroke techniques that affect time and distance. The stroke mechanics for the basic five strokes will be covered as well as how to use the hydrodynamics of the water to increase or decrease speed and distance. Aquatic safety will be discussed and practiced. Fitness principles will be emphasized. By the end of the class, the student should be able to show improvement in their cardiovascular endurance, demonstrate safe techniques for cardiovascular conditioning, demonstrate improved muscular strength and endurance and demonstrate an increase in their flexibility.

*PFW 1150B Beginning Bowling (Off Campus)

The purpose of this course is to help everyone build a solid foundation in the mechanics and skill of the lifetime sport of bowling. This course will include teaching the proper technique of bowling, the selection of the equipment, the playing of the lanes, keeping score and proper etiquette of the game. It will also include team and individual competition, league and tournament play.

You will bowl two games each day on a different lane and with different classmates. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge and confidence in your game to enjoy bowling with anyone for a lifetime. An additional fee of $72 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
Sunset Bowling Lanes
1304 Hwy 123
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512.396.2334

*PFW 1150C Intermediate Bowling

The purpose of this course is to take your bowling to another level. You will review and practice the skills learned in the beginner’s class. You will become familiar with all the technical specifications of the bowling ball. You will have an opportunity to bowl on the different lane conditions. You will have the opportunity to develop an approach that will help you become a high average bowler. You should be able to help others learn the sport of bowling. After completing this course you should be comfortable in league and tournament bowling. An additional fee of $72 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
Sunset Bowling Lanes
1304 Hwy 123
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512.396.2334

*PFW 1150D Beginning Golf

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the beginning golfer with the game of golf, rules of golf, and how to properly swing a golf club! The instructors make this course a fun introduction to the game and help you progress into a better golfer. With one practice day, and one instruction day a week from a certified Class A PGA Professional, you will see results!

This intro course starts with putting, short game, then moves on to full swing and bunker play. Golf is a great physical activity and will also give you a leg up in the business world! The class is held OFF CAMPUS at Southwest Golf Range located at 1301 Hwy 80 East- just passed Wal-Mart on the right! There are no TSU buses that run to the driving range so transportation or carpooling is a must. All clubs are provided. An additional fee of $80 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
Southwest Golf Range
John Whitby
1301 Hwy 80
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512-754-007

PFW 1150E Intermediate Golf

The purpose of the course is to continue to expand the knowledge and skills of a person who has been exposed to the game of golf. The class takes place at the Texas State Golf Course which has 9-holes of golf. The class also meets in Strahan Coliseum for one month in order to learn golf rules, etiquette, golf history and golf terminology. On course instruction takes place. Each student has his/her swing video taped and evaluated by a PGA Class A Golf Professional. Various golf games and competitions are also associated with the class. Participation, attendance, written exams and a written report determine each individual’s grade in the class. Each student needs to have access to golf clubs and proper footwear while on the golf course. The course text is an instructional CD ROM. All students are required to join the Texas State Golf Course for a fee of $75 but this fee allows each student to play golf anytime during the semester that the golf course is open.

For more information contact:
Coach Mike Akers
Texas State Golf Office
Jowers A167
(512) 245-2973

*PFW 1150F Self-Defense

The course is primarily designed for the college coed and is based on the kinds of assault women most experience. While promoting assertiveness, confidence and self-worth, the curriculum emphasizes the skills women already use and includes activities to build new skills based on them in a caring environment where women feel safe to train. Additionally students will understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the role it plays in self-defense. Upon the completion of the course students will have improved their ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations and to take appropriate action.

*PFW 1150G Restricted Leisure Activities (Special Approval Needed)

The purpose of this course is to accommodate special needs students with their pursuit of healthy leisure activities. Students will need to contact the PFW office and apply for approval into the class. The course is not conducted in a set environment or at a set time.

*PFW 1154 Wakeboarding & Waterskiing (Off Campus)

The purpose of this course is to help everyone build a solid foundation in the mechanics and skill of the action sport of wakeboarding. This course will include teaching the proper technique of wakeboarding and or waterskiing, the selection of the equipment, progression of the sport and proper etiquette on the water. The course is designed to help all levels from beginner to advanced utilizing the Texas Ski Ranch cable system. (3 min south of the outlet malls on I35, take exit 195) You will wakeboard a minimum of 10 times. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge and confidence in your riding ability to enjoy wakeboarding and skiing with anyone for a lifetime. Each student will need a helmet, life jacket and either skis, wakeboard or wakeskate. If you do not have equipment, rentals are available for the entire semester at a discounted rate. An additional fee of $195 for your cable time is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
Texas Ski Ranch
Blake Hess
6700 IH 35 North
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
830-627-2843

PFW 1154B Challenge Course “Lows” (Off-Campus)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts associated with a Challenge Course experience involving Low Elements and Portable Initiatives, such as Challenge By Choice, Full Value Contract, and Spotting Guidelines. Students will learn how to organize, facilitate and process both Low Elements and Portable Initiatives through instruction as well as hands-on experience on the elements. Students will also learn and practice the safety and risk management issues related to Challenge Course activities. Low Elements—meets 2 Wednesdays on campus and 3-4 weekend days on the Texas State University Challenge Course located at University Camp near Wimberley, Texas. An additional fee of $95 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
Marla Burns
512-626-1550

PFW 1154B Challenge Course “Highs” (Off-Campus)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts associated with a Challenge Course experience involving High Elements. Students will learn and practice the safety and risk management issues related to Challenge Course activities. Students will also learn how to safely belay climbers and other Challenge Course participants, how to set up and take down Challenge Course elements, as well as how to facilitate elements including the Power Pole, Zipline, Balance Beam, Screamer and Grapevine. Students will also have opportunity for hands-on experience on all of the High Elements. High Elements—meets 2 Wednesdays on campus and 3-4 weekend days on the Texas State University Challenge Course located at University Camp near Wimberley, Texas. An additional fee of $95 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
Marla Burns
512-626-1550

*PFW 1154C Backpacking (Off-Campus)

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the basic components of backpacking, including: understanding the differences between car camping and backpacking in primitive areas, trip planning and preparation, selection and proper use of various types of backpacking equipment, basic map and compass skills/basic orienteering skills, and minimal impact camping. Students will gain hands-on experience with the use of backpacking stoves and fuels, water purification, selecting the best campsite, Leave No Trace Principles, staying safe in the back country and other basic backpacking skills while spending a weekend in the back country of Lost Maples State Natural Area. Basics of Backpacking—meet 5 Wednesdays and 1 weekend backpacking trip to Lost Maples State Natural Area.

An additional fee of $120 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
Marla Burns
512-626-1550

*PFW 1155A Beginning Badminton

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the basic skills and strategies of the internationally famous game of badminton. The rules and regulations are in effect as the class progresses from recreational play to an aggressive power sport. Both the fundamentals, rules and strategies of Singles play and Doubles play will be described and taught throughout the course, with lectures of situations, and drills to have create and build a new comer to the game with solid fundamental skills, with the class ending in a class sized tournament followed by a skills competition & final exam. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate the basic fundamental skills in badminton, explain the benefits of badminton as a lifetime activity for health related fitness, and apply the basic rules and terminology to recreational badminton.

*PFW 1155B Beginning Fencing

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the art of fencing, development of the specific mechanical skills and movements required in the Olympic sport of foil fencing, and an appreciation for fencing as a creative martial art form. The course is designed for persons with little or no fencing experience. Upon completion of the course students will acquire a working knowledge of the vocabulary and specific mechanical skills of foil fencing while improving their physical condition through stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, fencing lessons, and vigorous fencing bouts.

*PFW 1155C Intermediate Fencing

The purpose of the course is to provide a continuation of PFW 1155B beginning fencing, development of the specific mechanical skills and movements required in Olympic foil fencing, and an appreciation for fencing as a creative martial art form. Olympic Epee and Saber will be introduced to the students in this course. The course is designed for persons with one semester of fencing. Upon completion of the course students will acquire an increased knowledge of the vocabulary and specific mechanical skills of all three Olympic weapons while improving their physical condition through stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, fencing lessons, and vigorous fencing bouts.

*PFW 1155D Advanced Foil Fencing

The purpose of the course is to provide a continuation of PFW 1155C intermediate fencing. The course is designed for persons with at least 2 semesters of fencing or permission of the instructor. Students will prepare for competition at the local and national level. Upon completion of the course students will acquire a working knowledge of the rules and specific mechanical and tactical skills necessary for competition, while improving their physical condition through stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, fencing lessons, and vigorous fencing bouts.

*PFW 1155E Epee/Sabre Fencing

The purpose of the course is to prepare students for competition at the local and national level in the Olympic weapons of Epee and Saber. The course is designed for persons with at least one semester of fencing or permission of the instructor. Upon completion of the course students will acquire a working knowledge of the competition rules and specific mechanical and tactical skills necessary for competition, while improving their physical condition through stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, fencing lessons, and vigorous fencing bouts.

*PFW 1155G Racquetball

The purpose of the course is to teach students the fundamental skills of the sport and its relationship to lifetime fitness, wellness and general motor development. This course will also provide the student with the necessary skills, tactics, techniques, and rules of the sport of racquetball. Students will be provided with both a cognitive and physical comprehension of the sport of racquetball and appreciation of the sport as a viable lifetime activity. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate the basic fundamental skills in racquetball, explain the benefits of racquetball as a lifetime activity for health related fitness, and apply the basic rules and terminology to recreational racquetball.

*PFW 1155H Beginning Tennis

The purpose of the course is to teach students the fundamental skills of the sport and its relationship to lifetime fitness, wellness and general motor development. Instruction will include techniques for volley, forehand, backhand, service, doubles play, & rules and regulations. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, and conditioning for tennis. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate the basic fundamental skills in tennis, explain the benefits of tennis as a lifetime activity for health related fitness, and apply the basic rules and terminology to recreational tennis.

*PFW 1155I Intermediate Tennis

The purpose of this course is to provide students who have previous tennis playing experience a review of the basic fundamentals of tennis, proper conditioning for tennis, and various tournament situations. Students will learn advanced concepts in team strategy through singles and doubles play with varying court play systems. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to soundly demonstrate the basic fundamental skills in tennis, explain the benefits of tennis as a lifetime activity for health related fitness, apply basic rules, terminology, and strategies to competitive play.

*PFW 1155J Judo

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the skills and techniques of the sport of Judo. The student will find in Judo a means of participation in a body contact sport, which, though similar to wresting, places more emphasis on standing and throwing techniques. Judo provides the means for learning about and improving oneself-mentally, physically and psychologically. This course will stimulate both aerobic and anaerobic activity within the body. Judo, unlike karate is more of a defensive art but both judo and karate can be lifelong activities for physical fitness or physical protection. This is a repeat course for credit and belt rank. Upon completion of the course students will have a working knowledge and sufficient skills to participate in the art and sport of Judo.

*PFW 1155K Beginning Karate

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the variations of skills and techniques of the sport of Karate. This course will help the student to understand the difference between Japanese, Chinese, and Korean martial arts. Students will learn that karate is an art, a sport, and a means of self-defense, that can be practiced all year, indoors or outdoors, alone or with a group. In addition to being an activity that offers great variety, it is also an activity that develops physical fitness: agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, power, reaction time, speed, body composition, muscular endurance, strength and some forms of cardiovascular endurance. Emphasis will be on basic kicks, punches, blocks and throws. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to select a style of Karate that is compatible with their body type if they wish to continue training in the martial arts.

PFW 1155M Advance Karate

The purpose of this course is to train students in the advanced skills and techniques of the sport of Karate. Advance karate students not only have the opportunity to advance their skills in the martial arts but also move up in rank with the possibility of obtaining the rank of first degree black belt over a four year training program. Instructional training in, open hand forms, one step attacks, weapons, judo rolls, self-defense and sport fighting. This is a repeat course for credit and can be used for electives. All martial arts train, the body, spirit and mind and are life long activities.

*PFW 1155N Pocket Billiards (Off-Campus)

The purpose of this class is to introduce the history of billiards, billiard terminology, rules/regulations, equipment, specifications, table dynamics, and mathematical principles as applies to pocket billiards. The curriculum is a comprehensive overview that will equip the student with fundamentals, techniques, and systems that can be used and improved upon lifelong regardless of current skill level. Each class consists of a lecture and practical application section along with one on one analysis and evaluation.

An additional fee of $50 is required to take the course.

*PFW 1160B Beginning Volleyball

The purpose of this course is to help students gain proficient skills and knowledge of the game of volleyball. This is an introductory course for those with limited or no playing experience. Instruction will include techniques for passing, setting, serving, serve receive, hitting, blocking, digging, and transition. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, and conditioning for volleyball. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate the basic fundamental skills in volleyball, explain the benefits of volleyball as a lifetime activity for health related fitness, and apply the basic rules and terminology to recreational volleyball.

*PFW 1160C Intermediate Volleyball

The purpose of this course is to provide students who have previous volleyball playing experience a review of the basic fundamentals of volleyball, proper conditioning for volleyball, and various tournament situations. Students will learn advanced concepts in team strategy through offense and defense with varying defensive and offensive systems. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to soundly demonstrate the basic fundamental skills in volleyball, explain the benefits of volleyball as a lifetime activity for health related fitness, apply basic rules, terminology, and strategies for competitive play.

PFW 1180A Beginning Jazz

The purpose of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to explore the elements of jazz dance while developing a cognitive and kinesthetic awareness of correct body mechanics. This is a technique-based class in which sound alignment concepts and movement principles will be integrated. Students will develop coordination, proper alignment, strength and flexibility. Upon completion of the course students will have experienced movement as a medium for creative expression of ideas and gain an appreciation of dance as a performing art.

PFW 1180D Beginning Ballet

The purpose of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to learn the technical fundamentals of classic ballet. Designed for students with little or no training, emphasis is on safety and clarity of movement through building strength, flexibility, coordination, and sensation. Students will also learn ballet terminology and practice vocabulary through writing. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have a basic knowledge of classical ballet movement and vocabulary and have the ability to demonstrate his or her knowledge through critical analysis of dance performance.

PFW 1180G Beginning Modern Dance

The purpose of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to gain a physical and intellectual understanding of modern dance technique.

Students will become familiar with basic anatomy, injury prevention, and body alignment. The course provides opportunities for students to develop an appreciation of the history, evolution, and social function of modern dance. Upon completion of the course students will have increased musicality, strength, flexibility, and balance while acquire the basic skills, confidence, and freedom to improvise and compose.

*PFW 1180J Beginning Rec. Country Dance

The purpose of this class is to prepare you for a lifetime of country dancing for recreation, fitness and fun! The following dances are included in this course: Two-Step, Country Western Swing, Waltz, Polk, One Step, Cotton Eye Joe and Schottische. The class is encouraged to attend an optional field experience at a local dance hall to experience dancing to a live country band. To encourage a balance of men and women dance partners please sign up with the proper course section.

For more information contact:
Peter Turner
(512)417-7383

*PFW 1190A Beginning Canoeing

The purpose of this course is to instruct students in beginning canoe sport participation and to help them build skills to allow them to pursue this lifetime sport and fitness activity. This course includes basic instruction in the mechanics of proper tandem and solo paddling technique, focusing on proper positioning of paddler and paddle shaft & blade angles so as to maximize the efficiency of the stroke and utilize the full-body workout capabilities of this exciting recreational sport. The significant fitness benefits of this sport are obvious and emphasized; increased heart-rate levels are noted/discussed, as well as the primary & secondary muscle group use. This is a physically demanding class. Students gain knowledge on the water in mostly swift water and some whitewater paddling conditions -- this teaching environment demands communication, teamwork, good mechanics and technique. In addition, all efforts are made to emphasize awareness of all safety standards and structures, as well as to promote healthy and smart participation and good judgment. Upon completion of the course students will be able to safely participate in a variety of canoeing activities for a lifetime of fitness and recreation.

*PFW 1190B Beginning Swimming

The purpose of this class is to introduce a novice swimmer to aquatics. It is a class conducted in the water with an emphasis on basic skills for swimming and for acquiring minimum skill levels in the 5 basic stokes. Diving, flip turns, use of kick boards and other equipment will be introduced and encouraged during the semester. Lifetime fitness will be introduced as well. The student will be introduced to deep water and experience it either aided by a floatation device or unaided. Safety in and around the pool will be stressed. Breathing is such an important skill while swimming it will be emphasized repeatedly and practiced continuously. Hydrodynamic principles will be demonstrated and copied so the student will be able to utilize these principles as they become more proficient in the water. Upon completion of the course the student should be able to identify the five basic strokes and be able to perform at least 3 of these strokes with some level of comfort.

*PFW 1190C Intermediate Swimming

The purpose of this course is to improve health related benefits such as cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance and strength and flexibility through moderate to vigorous swimming activities. This is an exercise class conducted in the water with an emphasis on health benefits while enhancing knowledge and skill levels in the 5 basic strokes. It is structured for the student who knows how to swim but would like to improve his knowledge and ability in all of the basic strokes and to explore some of the more advanced strokes and techniques. The student should increase the distance they are able to swim each of the strokes covered and demonstrate the proper stroke techniques in all of them. There will be discussion on lifetime fitness and how swimming can successfully fit into the students’ future. Proper breathing patterns will be addressed and practiced. Upon completion of the course the student should show improvement in the technical aspects of the strokes as well as improved fitness levels.

*PFW 1190E Lifeguard Training

The purpose of this class is to prepare students for the American Red Cross certifications in Life guarding with First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. This class will provide lifeguard candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to keep the patrons of aquatic facilities safe both in and around water. This certification is recognized nationwide as the certificate to have to be hired as a Lifeguard. As fitness plays such an important part in the ability to perform complex skills, there is a large component of swimming and assessment. Vigorous swimming is performed and you should be proficient when you enroll. There is a prerequisite swimming test that involves ability and speed. To successfully compete in this course you must be able to swim 300 yards without stopping in a prescribed manner. The first 100 yards must be done using the Crawl Stroke (sometimes referred to as the Free Style) the second 100 yards must be done using the Breast Stoke and the last 100 yards must be a combination of those two strokes. The next portion is a timed swim. You must be able to swim 20 yards to an area where a 10-pound weight has been placed 7 to 8 feet underwater. The weight is retrieved, brought to the surface and returned to the starting point in 1 minute 40 seconds or less. Upon completion of the course the student will have acquired a certification, which is recognized nationwide as the certificate to have to be hired as a Lifeguard.

*PFW 1190 Beginning Scuba Diving

The purpose of the course is to prepare students for an open water diver certification. This course consists of approximately 12 hours of classroom lecture, 12 hours of swimming pool time, and 10 hours of open water dive time in area lakes. All course content meet international standards for scuba diver certification. All necessary equipment is supplied. The student needs to be comfortable in the water with no swim aids. An additional fee of $100 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
The Dive Shop
1911 RR 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512-396-3483

*PFW1201 Advanced Scuba Diving

This course is a continuation of the beginning scuba diving course with approximately 24 hours of classroom time and 16 open water dives in area lakes and rivers. Diving subjects include natural navigation, compass navigation, search patterns, light salvage techniques, night diving, deep diving, current diving, and rescue techniques. Students must provide their own mask, fins, snorkel, weight belt, weight, knife and compass. An additional fee of $125 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
The Dive Shop
1911 RR 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512-396-3483

*PFW 1204 Underwater Photography

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to underwater photography scenes, equipment, and techniques with the objective of creating quality underwater photographs. Both film and digital equipment are used. Classroom topics cover technical issues of film, digital, strobe lighting, natural light photography, composition, and underwater modeling. All equipment, both scuba and photography, is furnished. Scuba diver certification is a prerequisite. An additional fee of $175 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
The Dive Shop
1911 RR 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512-396-3483