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Department of Health and Physical Education and

Gerontological Studies and Services


York College

PE 182/282: Swimming for Non-Swimmers/Swimming


Section S1/S1

Summer 2018

Professor L. A. San Miguel

Midterm Swimming Practical

The purpose of the swimming practical is to observe, evaluate, and analyze the student’s
progression in developing their comfort, attitude of safe practice in water, and also to enhance
their swimming skills by providing positive corrective reinforcements and recognizing deficits.

Instructions/Grading: Students are to be assigned, based on their current skill level, one out of
the three tiers (A-to-C) and are instructed to perform the main 4 skill sets. The 5th skill set is
optional but can only replace the one lowest grade (less than 3) earned out of 4 main skill sets
and it cannot be applied to add more points to the maximum earned points. Each skill sets are
worth 5 points and students can earn up to 20 points maximum. When students performed and
met the requirements per skill set, the earned points is 5, and if students needs improvement, the
points will be from 1 points up to 4 points.

The students will be able to read and review the tier sets prior to the practical. The students will
be given an ample of time to practice for 20-30 minutes. During the practical, after selecting a
tier set, A or B or C, the students are then instructed to perform the skills within the selected tier.

The specific skill sets were based from the American Red Cross’ Swimming and Water Safety,
3rd ed.(2009). ISBN: 978-1-58480-446-8

Grade results will not be available until the next class meeting.
Tier A: Basic Water Adjustment skills:
Student is to demonstrate….
1) Feet-first entry without using the ladder. Entering from the deck (side of the pool) to the
the pool
a. This can be done by sitting down, rolling on to the front and sliding into the water
(p.79).

2) Bobbing and Breath Control (10x)


a. Hold onto the overflow trough or the pool wall in chest-deep water.
b. Take a breath.
c. Bend the knees and fully submerge the head, then straighten the legs and
resurface.
d. While coming back up, gently exhale through the mouth and nose.
e. Inhale when the mouth rises above the surface of the water.
f. Repeat this movement until comfortable
(p. 78-79).

3) Front float (p. 81-82) or Back float (p. 80)


a. Learn the front float in chest-deep water (Fig. 5-8).
b. Start by submerging to the neck in chest-deep water with the arms extended and
the palms facing down.
c. Take a breath then lean forward and put the face in the water until the ears are
covered.
d. Gently push off the bottom and let the feet and legs float to the surface.
e. Relax and extend the arms in the water above the head.
f. To keep the nose from filling with water, gently blow out some air through the
nose.
g. If the toes are still on the bottom, relax the legs and gently push up off the bottom
to get the toes to rise.

4) Front Glide without kicking (Finning) while on streamline position by 15 yards (p. 82).
a. Front Glide: Gliding involves moving through the water in a streamlined
position. The position places the body in a narrow shape, which reduces form
drag. To attain a streamlined position, swimmers extend the arms overhead, press
them against the ears, and clasp the hands, then extend the legs and point the toes.
i. Begin in the front float position and push off the side or bottom with the
feet to move forward in a streamlined position (front glide) (Fig. 5-9).
ii. Glide until the momentum slows to swimming speed and then start
swimming.

5) To replace lowest points in Tier A only.


a. Flutter Kick with Kickboard within 7.5-to-15 yards.
Tier B: Basic Water Adjustment skills and Basic Swimming strokes
Student is to demonstrate….

1) Feet-first entry without using the ladder from deck to the shallow-end of the pool (p. 79)
a. This can be done by sitting down, rolling on to the front and sliding into the
water.
2) Front Glide or Back Glide and then Finning (kicking) by 15 yards (p.82)
a. Front Glide: Gliding involves moving through the water in a streamlined
position. The position places the body in a narrow shape, which reduces form
drag. To attain a streamlined position, swimmers extend the arms overhead, press
them against the ears and clasp the hands, then extend the legs and point the toes.
i. Begin in the front float position and push off the side or bottom with the
feet to move forward in a streamlined position (front glide) (Fig. 5-9).
ii. Glide until the momentum slows to swimming speed and then start
swimming.
3) Front Crawl (Freestyle) see page 94-99 or Back Crawl (Backstroke) see page 100-103.
Grades are based on level of comfort and decent body mechanics: Body positioning,
Kicks, Arms, and Breathing control/Rhythm. Less than 15 meters of the pool.
4) Retrieve object while swimming under water-chest deep.
5) To replace lowest points in Tier B only.
a. Swim Front Crawl (Freestyle) or Back Crawl (Backstroke) for 15 meter (Half of
the pool)
Tier C: Intermediate Swimming skills
Student is to demonstrate….
1) Swimming Freestyle 50 m
2) Swimming Backstroke 50 m
3) Swimming Breaststroke 50 m
4) Swimming Butterfly 50 m
5) To replace the lowest points in Tier C only (optional flip-turns)
a. Swimming 100m individual medley (IM order);
i. Butterfly(25m)
ii. backstroke (25m)
iii. Breaststroke (25m)
iv. Freestyle (25m)
Student’s Name:

Class and Section:

Grading Chart – Midterm Practical – York College

Tier A: Basic Water Adjustment Skills

Skill Sets Met the Needs Comments


Requirements Improvement
1) Feet-first entry without
using the ladder.
Entering from the deck
(side of the pool) to the
pool

2) Bobbing and Breath


Control (10x)

3) Front float (p. 81-82) or


Back float (p. 80)

4) Front Glide without


kicking (Finning) while
on streamline position by
15 yards (p. 82)

5) To replace lowest points


in Tier A only.
a. Flutter Kick with
Kickboard within
7.5-to-15 yards
Student’s Name:

Class and Section:

Grading Chart – Midterm Practical – York College

Tier B: Basic Water Adjustment skills and Basic Swimming strokes


Skill Sets Met the Needs Comments
Requirements Improvement
1) Feet-first entry without
using the ladder.
Entering from the deck
(side of the pool) to the
pool

2) Front Glide or Back


Glide and then Finning
(kicking) by 15 yards
(p.82)

3) Front Crawl (Freestyle)


see page 94-99 or Back
Crawl (Backstroke) see
page 100-103
4) Retrieve object while
swimming under water-
chest deep.

5) To replace lowest points


in Tier B only.
Swim Front Crawl
(Freestyle) or Back
Crawl (Backstroke) for
15 meter (Half of the
pool)
Student’s Name:

Class and Section:

Grading Chart – Midterm Practical – York College

Tier C: Intermediate Swimming skills

Skill Sets Met the Needs Comments


Requirements Improvement
Swimming Freestyle 50 m

Swimming Backstroke 50 m

Swimming Breaststroke 50 m

Swimming Butterfly 50 m

To replace the lowest points in


Tier C only (optional flip-turns)
a. Swimming 100m
individual medley
(IM order);
Butterfly(25m), Backstroke (25m),
Breaststroke (25m), Freestyle (25m)