Ithaca College

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Aquatics Courses

Swimming is a skill basic to participation in many recreational activities. It is a lifetime leisure activity that can be either mild or strenuous, meeting various personal needs.

PALS-00200 Basic Swimming NLA

For the person who cannot swim or who can swim but wants to improve his or her strokes. Covered are the front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and sidestroke. Elementary forms of rescue are also taught. Pass/fail only. 0.5 credit. (F-S,Y)

PALS-00400 Scuba Diving NLA

Covers the use of fins, mask, and snorkel. Donning and ditching of the skin-diving equipment is required before going on to scuba. In scuba, rigging of the tank, taking pressure readings, buddy breathing, entries off the deck, and ditching and donning of scuba equipment are all covered, as well as the physiology of diving and the physics of scuba. On the last day of diving, an obstacle course involving all learned skills must be negotiated. Prerequisites: Ability to (1) swim underwater 60 feet, (2) hold breath on bottom for 30 seconds, (3) surface-dive to bottom and recover a 10-pound block, (4) tread water for 30 seconds, (5) swim 10 laps (250 yards) nonstop, (6) support a victim for 5 minutes, and (7) stay afloat for 10 minutes. Pass/fail only. 0.5 credit. (IRR)

PALS-00500 Introductory Scuba Diving and Certified Scuba NLA

Preparation for the safe and enjoyable recreation of underwater diving. Scuba equipment is furnished. The National Aquatic School program designed for colleges is used. Successful completion of classroom, pool, and open-water sessions results in lifetime international certification. Special conditions: An extra fee is charged for this course. Students are required to complete a medical form at the first class meeting. Prerequisites: Basic swimming proficiency; signed parental or guardian's release and indemnity agreement for students under 18 years of age. Pass/fail only. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PALS-00600 Community Water Safety NLA

Participants become familiar with the potential hazards of water activities. They learn to prevent accidents and to respond effectively if an accident does occur. A swimming test is required. Pass/fail only. 0.5 credit. (IRR)

PALS-00800 Lifeguarding NLA

The duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out; lifeguarding techniques, such as how to tow or carry a victim to safety, manage a suspected spinal injury in the water, and use rescue equipment to help rescue a distressed or drowning victim. American Red Cross first aid and basic life support CPR are included. To enroll, a student must at the first meeting successfully complete a 500-yard swim, dive to 9 feet, swim underwater 15 yards, and tread water for one minute. Pass/fail only. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PALS-00810 Lifeguarding Recertification NLA

A review and update of the knowledge and skills required for recertification in lifeguarding. Covers lifeguarding techniques such as how to use rescue equipment to tow a victim to safety and how to manage a suspected spinal injury in water. Students demonstrate their ability to become recertified in the American Red Cross lifeguarding program. Maybe repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: Current American Red Cross lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer certificates. Pass/fail only. 0.5 credit. (S,Y)

PALS-00900 Lifeguarding Instructor NLA

Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to become an American Red Cross instructor for community water safety, waterfront lifeguarding, head lifeguard and lifeguarding instructor aide, and lifeguard review courses. Prerequisites: Current American Red Cross certificate in lifeguarding and pretests based on the lifeguard training written test and lifeguarding skills test. Pass/fail only. 1 credit. (IRR)

PALS-01000 Water Safety Instructor NLA

Trains instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross water safety courses. Topics include improving and developing skills and knowledge of swimming and water safety; applying information from the instructor candidate training course to the teaching of swimming; planning and organizing swimming courses; and ensuring students' health and safety. Prerequisites: Proficiency in basic water safety and swimming strokes; current American Red Cross certificate in emergency water safety or lifeguard training. Pass/fail only. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)