Sport and Recreation


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Overview

Exercise and fitness have become paramount for everyone, as noted in healthcare literature and everyday news. Sport and Recreation courses compliment many of the campus health curriculum's. They also address some of the serious health concerns of the community by providing the knowledge and teaching the discipline required for a healthy lifestyle. CHS Sport and Recreation courses provide the groundwork for healthy living for thousands of UWM students and staff, and for the community at large.

Sport & Recreation courses are credit courses offered by the Outreach Office for the College of Health Sciences in conjunction with the Department of Kinesiology. We also offer some select credit courses through other CHS departments. All offerings are open to UWM students, as well as the community (non-students).

For more information, we welcome you to email us at chs-outreach@uwm.edu. We look forward in serving you.

Courses

Below is a list of Sport and Recreation courses with descriptions which may be taken by all UW-Milwaukee students and members of the community. Sport and Recreation courses do count toward degree credits and GPA. Students should see their adviser for any restrictions.

Enrollment in these courses can enhance students academic work by increasing physical activity and reducing stress. Sport and recreational activities are an important part of a healthy life and can result in a balanced lifestyle.

View the Master Advisory Booklet PDF with class descriptions


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Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding Facilitation

Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding Facilitation is an experiential learning opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and practical skills to assist and potentially teach adaptive skiing and/or snowboarding for individuals with disabilities. A focal point of the course will be students' acquisition of knowledge related to varios disabilities and the adaptations needed for each individual/s successful participation in skiing or snowboarding.

It is highly recommended that students are proficient in either alpine skiing or snowboarding.

Advanced American Tribal Style Belly Dance

This course will build upon the intermediate foundation of the American Tribal Style belly dance through the introduction of a new vocabulary of moves. In addition, students will review the intermediate moves, formations, and build proficiency in this improvisational group style dance. Dancers will perform a variety of movements including standing exercises and basic floor work.

Advanced Backpacking

Demonstrations and practical applications show you how to pack and carry equipment and supplies over a predetermined route. Course includes how to have a successful camp out. This class incorporates advanced outdoor knowledge culminating in a week long wilderness-backpacking experience.

Advanced Billiards and Pool

Review of the fundamental and advanced techniques from Billiards 1 with concentrated individual practice of these vital skills.  Discuss and explain some more extreme advanced professional techniques/skills.  Explanation and participation of the rules of alternative pro billiard tournament pool games, like Straight Pool, 10 Ball & 7 Ball. Conduct and participate in 2-3 in class tournaments of different billiard games.

Advanced Cardio Kickboxing

Advanced Cardio Kickboxing is a high paced, intense cardio workout with resistance training which involves combining kicking and punching in an interval workout. The goal is to continue cardiovascular conditioning and advanced kickboxing.

Advanced Diver Theory

The Advanced Dive Theory Distinctive Specialty is a non-diving, knowledge development program for divers or non-divers interested in expanding their understanding of dive theory. The course is designed to run in conjunction with the PADI Advanced Open Water course, though the Advanced open water dives are not required for the Advanced Dive Theory certification. In this course, students learn about advanced dive theory without having to qualify for or enter the PADI Divemaster program.

The Advanced Dive Theory Distinctive Specialty covers the following topics:

  • Dive physics
  • Diving and human physiology
  • Dive equipment
  • Decompression theory and the RDP
  • General skills and environment

Advanced Open Water

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is designed for students who have completed their PADI Open Water Dive course and wish to get professionally supervised experience in areas such as deep navigation, wreck, boat, night, search and recovery, buoyancy, and multilevel diving.

Advanced Photography

Students in this Advanced Photography class will use black and white negative film to complete their assignments.  By now students should be capable of successfully exposing and developing a roll of film and print a perfect print. This class will focus primarily on the different types of photographic prints, such as The Tableau, The Narrative, and combining Image and Text. They will further their knowledge in building a body of work under one topic, and really learn how to utilize photography as a true form of artistic expression. 

Advanced Rock Climbing

The course will introduce students to systems employed in multiple pitch rock climbing. Climbing safety will be stressed and exercised thoroughly and consistently.

Advanced Winter Camping

The goal of this course is to prepare and execute a successful camping experience in deep snow country. Gain knowledge in cold weather clothing, proper diet, extreme cold safety, using snow as an asset, fire building, and proper backpacking for snow country. Enjoy a three day camping experience with the use of snow shoes and cross country skis in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Adventure Sports

This class is designed to introduce students to the various locations and recreational activities that are available in the Metro Milwaukee and surrounding areas. Students will participate in various hands on activities such as kayaking, canoeing, rock-climbing, biking, and rappelling. Students will receive handouts and information on where they may receive formal instruction, clubs, associations, and programs covering these activities.

Aerobic Dance

This class will provide an overall understanding of aerobics so that the students may contribute to and enjoy the activity on their own at home or in a club setting.

American Tribal Style Belly Dance

American Tribal Style Belly Dance is an improvisational group style dance that fuses traditional and folkloric dances from the Middle East, Africa, Western Europe, and Asia. This style of belly dance embodies the strength, beauty, and femininity of the dancers. Dancers will perform a variety of moments including standing exercises and basic floor work. In addition, students will learn the fundamentals of musicality through the playing of zils (finger cymbals) and history of the dance.

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Backpacking

Demonstrations and practical applications show you how to pack and carry equipment and supplies over a predetermined route. Course includes how to have a successful camp out.

Badminton

Badminton is a game for two or four players using lightweight rackets and a shuttlecock (also called a shuttle or birdie). Players hit the shuttlecock back and forth over a net, trying to keep it from hitting the ground. Badminton requires speed, strength, power, agility, and nerve. Players must move quickly from side to side and back and forth, and stamina is important. There are six key badminton strokes: the serve, drive, net shot, smash, lift (of lob) and clear. Points are scored when the opponent fails to return the shuttle, hits it out of bounds, or earns a fault. Students will learn the history of badminton, game rules, skills, key strokes and proper equipment needed to play an enthusiastic game of badminton in teams or against other individual students.

Ballroom Dance I & II

Dances include: Cha Cha, The Cha Cha Hustle, New York New York , The Twist, Jitterbug, Tango, Rumba, Fox Trot, Waltz, Styne Skate, and Merengue.

Basic Rock Climbing

This course will introduce the student to basic top-rope rock climbing. It assumes that the student has no previous knowledge related to rock climbing. Climbing safety will be stressed and exercised thoroughly and consistently. With adequate completion of “basic rock climbing” the student will possess the knowledge and skills requisite for safe top-rope climbing.

Basketball

This course will teach basic theories of basketball as well as provide an opportunity to participate in basketball drills and games.

Beach Volleyball

Students will obtain a working knowledge of the rules and regulations of beach volleyball. Students will learn basic volleyball fundamentals: serving, passing, setting, hitting, blocking, and defense.

Beginning Argentine Tango

Originating in Argentina, Tango is a social partner dance and a musical genre, now popular thru out the world. It is essentially a walking dance based heavily in improvisation, a moment to moment communication between the lead and follow. Rather than set patterns or a "right way", this unique dance incorporates fundamentals to encourage sensitivity to one's own movement as well as their partner's movement. This class will cover the fundamentals of embrace, connection, posture, walking, and musicality. Upon completion, one should feel comfortable to attend a milonga, the dance party. Partners are not necessary for the class or milongas, as it is customary to change partners often. Each class will include gentle exercises to familiarize and facilitate the movement inherent to tango. The fundamentals within these exercises include balance studies, weight shifts, awareness of space, rotational spirals thru the spinal axis, and relaxed attention. From an understanding of the fundamentals comes the ability to improvise, to speak this language of movement.

Bicycle Maintenance

General bicycle maintenance, which can be done at home, a riding technique, rider positioning and on the road repairs will be covered.

Bicycle Road Riding

Riding technique, rider positioning and on the road repairs.

Billiards & Pool

Course will provide students with the basic pool shooting skills. Topics covered include equipment (cue) bridges, stroke, sighting, target, banking, 8-ball, and 9-ball.

Boot Camp

Challenge your muscles and your mind as you experience drills, circuits and obstacle courses. Cardio exercises and muscle conditioning with and without equipment will be included to give you a unique full-body workout every class. Increase muscle endurance, strength, flexibility and enjoyment of exercise. Whether you are new to exercise or not, this class is for you.

Bowling I & II

Bowling I is designed to give students basic bowling skills. Topics covered include etiquette, basis form, manual scoring & equipment. Bowling II: Use of different balls and grips, spare shooting, and adapting to changing lane conditions.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a complete art and sport that integrates mind, body, and spirit represented by the three sides of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Triangle. Studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu develops all aspects of the physical qualities such as force, resistance, flexibility, coordination, agility, speed, etc. It helps one to think faster, clearer, and provides self-control, confidence, determination, and serenity.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu II

In this advanced class, we will expand on the basic principles and positiions taught in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1, while emphasizing the mental strategies needed in implementing various attacks and defenses. As Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an ever-evolving art form, this course will begin to explore the students' abilities to create their own unique style of playing the art. We learned in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 1 that there are 1,000 ways of doing each move, and that there is not necessarily a "right way" of applying a technique. In this class, each student will focus on developing his or her own style of Jiu Jitsu. The instructor will demonstrate the techniques for this class, and then have each student perform them in a slow and controlled fashion while he or she stands by to assist and direct. There will be no live contact at any time during the class.

C

Camp Administration and Programming

This is an introduction to organized camping, purpose and philosophy. Acquaints participants with basic camp management skills necessary in operating a camp, involvement in role-playing to enhance management skills, exploration of various types and audiences for organized camping, familiarizes participants with camp program planning process, exposure to resources for use in camp program development, guidance in the development of a camp program for the participant’s own use.

Camping Foods & Cooking Techniques

Development and application of proper outdoor menus based on nutritional needs due to weather and physical activity. If you can cook it at home - you can cook it outside.

Canoeing

Learn through demonstrations and practical application how to enjoy the outdoors and wilderness through canoeing. Lectures include techniques and whitewater technology; swamping, capsizing and recovery; dangers, rafting as a whitewater alternative and water safety practices.

Canoe Camping

Learn how to plan and pack everything necessary to enjoy a moving camp activity using canoes as a primary form of transportation.

Capoeira

Capoeira Angola is an art of the African Diaspora that originated in Angola where it was designed to teach its practitioners philosophy, self-protection, music, and meditation. The objective of the first course is to introduce students to the basic movements, rhythms and philosophy of Capoeria Angola . To further broaden the scope of the lessons, students will also have readings that relate to the discussions on particular topics.

Cardio Kickboxing

Cardio kickboxing is an aggressive workout combining punches and kicks in an interval style workout. The goal is to teach proper technique, and improve cardio-vascular and muscular systems.

Ceramics: Painting & Design

This course is designed to teach you how to clean green ware. You will be applying cover coat and glazes, working on staining and antiquing to create finished pieces.

Certified Pool/Spa Operator

Goals of this course is to develop knowledge of aquatic safety, chemical handling and requirements, budgeting, mechanics, and training of personnel. You will also gain knowledge of administrative responsibilities of a certified pool/spa operator.

Circuit Training with Weight Management

The purpose of Circuit Training with Weight Management is to increase aerobic activity while stimulating the muscles. Circuit training will help tone muscles and help maintain strength. The circuit training course is designed to help shed body fat while maintaining your current muscle mass. Although there are four types of circuit training, this course will use one; Repetition circuits-for-large groups of people who have different levels of fitness and ability.

Chess: Focus on Tactics

These chess courses will cover all aspects of the game: beginning the game and opening traps; middle game, both strategy and tactics and endgame. Both thematic and combination play will be examined at all levels utilizing examples from instructors and grand master games as well as other published materials. At the completion of the course, the student will play better chess.

Chess: Focus on Strategy

These chess courses will cover all aspects of the game: beginning the game and opening traps; middle game, both strategy and tactics and endgame. Both thematic and combination play will be examined at all levels utilizing examples from instructors and grand master games as well as other published materials. At the completion of the course, the student will play better chess.

Coaching Basketball Philosophies

This course will cover the following areas, but not limited to: offensive strategies, types of defenses, motivational techniques, developing practice plans and schedules, current coaches visiting for lecture and Q&A sessions, how to breakdown film study, how to critique different statistics in coaching, and the importance of conditioning and weight training.

Cooking Healthy Foods

To provide students with a basic knowledge of health food choices and preparation techniques. Instruction will include classical techniques with attention to low fat cooking principles.

D

Disc Golf

*Course description coming soon*

Diving-Enriched Air {Nitrox}

Students will learn Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) dive theory and techniques. EANx is quickly becoming the breathing gas of choice for  recreational divers who want to increase allowable bottom time, shorten surface intervals, and increase the number of repetitive dives they are permitted. Students are asked to view the PADI Enriched Air Diver video, attend classroom sessions on enriched air diving theory and techniques, pass the EANx Specialty Exam, and perform simulated EANx dives in the pool.

Drawing from a Photograph

Learn how your favorite photos and images can translate into sensitive and powerful drawings.  We will cover a brief introduction on drawing and then focus on how to translate photographs using drawing techniques and tools.  This class is perfect for beginners or those looking for a new perspective. 

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Ease into Fitness: Energy and Stamina

An introductory class for participants who have never taken an aerobics or fitness class, are just starting a fitness program or who wish to gradually increase their fitness levels. This course phase focuses on flexibility and toning, and also introduces the class to elements of Yoga, Stability Ball Training, Tai Chi, and other low impact methods. Basic nutrition, muscle groups, and fitness facts will be discussed.

Energy Vinyasa Yoga

Students will explore energetic, fluid movements of Vinyasa Yoga postures, yogic breathing, structural balance, muscle flexibility, core strength, warm-up poses, sun salutations, standing poses, modified back bends, inversions, and finishing poses leading to the yoga flow. This course will lead students from beginning to intermediate yoga exercises to accommodate a mixed level of student abilities. Students will build a foundation and learn how to engage in Vinyasa Yoga with knowledge and skill. Students will come to understand the purpose behind poses, and the benefits of Vinyasa Yoga. A singular theme will be the focus throughout classes. Some commonly utilized themes will be: breathing to execute movement, energy, stillness, reflection poses, concentration, chest posture, joint movement, releasing emotions, grounding through the feet to stabilize yoga poses.

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Flag Football

Flag football is a variation of the sport American football. In flag football, removing a flag from a player's belt replaces tackling. For this course we will be playing non-contact flag football. Students are expected to: 1. Become familiar with the rules of flag football.  2. Learn and develop the basic skills and conditioning required by the game and fully participate in class. 3. Successfully compete in a game or scrimmage on a regular basis employing the basic skills.

Fitwell-Holistic healing for you Mind, Body, Spirit

*Course description coming soon*

G

Golf

Learn the fundamentals and basic knowledge of the swing and game of golf. The student will actively participate using clubs and range balls.

H

Handball I & II

The class begins with basic instruction on the proper stroking of the ball with either hand. Basic strokes and strategies precede the introduction of the official rules and regulations. The class ends with a tournament run for and by the students. Each class attempts to provide a good physical workout by means of playing the game of handball.

Hiking Wisconsin State Trails

This class is designed to introduce students to many of Wisconsin 's southeastern trails. They will experience numerous trails that offer various degrees of difficulty, solitude and outstanding scenery despite their proximity to population centers. There is over a million acres of wilderness set aside for them to enjoy solely by way of hiking. It is an area of pine forests, crystal clear lakes, rolling farm fields, sandbars, islands and river bluffs. This is where deer roam the woods, while blue heron soar overhead and the ducks and geese beckon to you. These generally quiet trails serve as an excellent training ground for beginning hikers and backpackers. Students will receive basic map instruction as well as learn about the history and wildlife making up the various trails to be hiked.

Hip Hop Dance

This fun, fast-paced class covers over 50 basic hip hop steps and moves, and also utilizes many of them in beginning-level choreographed dances as part of the sessions. Classes include warm-ups, learning the steps and techniques, dance combinations (choreographed dances), and cool-down. Dances of various tempos to music selections for the current popular songs are included. The class provides a friendly, supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere in which to have great work-outs, gain hip hop dance skill, make new friends and have fun as you exercise. No previous dance experience is necessary. Dances, steps and techniques are very manageable, yet also challenging. There is a comfort level here for everyone, as we rock the house every time.

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Intermediate American Tribal Style Belly Dance

This course will build upon the basic American Tribal Style Belly Dance through the introduction of a new vocabulary of moves. In addition, students will review the basic moves, formations, and build proficiency in the improvisational group style dance. Dancers will perform a variety of movements including standing exercises and basic floor work.

Intermediate Capoeira

Capoeira Angola is an art of the African Diaspora that originated in Angola where it was designed to teach its practitioners philosophy, self-protection, music and meditation. The objective of the second course is to further students to the intermediate movements, philosophy and rhythms of the art. To further broaden the scope of the lessons, students will also have readings that relate to the discussions on particular topics.

Intermediate Meditation & Relaxation

Daily meditation can lead to reduced stress levels, improved health, a state of inner quiet, tranquility, & with continued practice, the knowledge of one’s essential nature. This course offers an intermediate study of this ancient psychology; the research & science behind it; & step-by-step instructions in the essential steps of the practice of meditation. The class includes instruction in posture (students may sit in chairs), proper breathing, concentration and meditation.

Intermediate Photography

Students in this Intermediate Photography class will use black and white negative film to complete their assignments.  They class focuses primarily on how to develop your own film properly and how to create that ‘perfect print.’ Students will be introduced on how to build work in a series; creating a body of work around one topic. 

Intermediate Relaxation & Meditation

Daily meditation can lead to reduced stress levels, improved health, a state of inner quiet, tranquility, & with continued practice, the knowledge of one’s essential nature. This course offers an intermediate study of this ancient psychology; the research & science behind it; & step-by-step instructions in the essential steps of the practice of meditation. The class includes instruction in posture (students may sit in chairs), proper breathing, concentration and meditation.

International Cuisines

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of world cuisines and cultural food choices through preparation techniques. The recipes are based on classical techniques with a focus on globally regional plates.

Introduction to Floral Design

Hands on experience in the proper care of fresh flowers, values of colors, and use of depth. Creating and working with fresh and silk flowers. Learning names of flowers and origin and how they are obtained. Experiment with styles and appropriate flowers to be used.

Introduction to Floral Design: Special Occasion

Create and work with different styles of bouquets, using color and textures to meet the needs of the occasion. Making brides, maid of honor bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres. Working with fresh and silk materials. Learning the best care of the flowers along with proper techniques of handling. Learn to make bows for the designs created. There may possibly be a trip to the florist's wholesale house.

Introduction Meditation & Relaxation

Learn the benefits of relaxation and meditation through experiencing a number of different techniques and tools. Each individual will respond differently to each of the different techniques. Learn which one works best for you while enjoying the benefits of this age-old practice.

Introduction to Rock Climbing: Natural History of Devil's Lake Park

This course incorporates both an introduction to technical rock climbing and an examination of geological history and biological communities of Devil's Lake State Park . There will be opportunities to ascend some historic climbing routs at the Park under the guidance of expert rock climbers of the Adventure Rock Staff.

Introduction to Running

Students will participate in running activities and learn about different training techniques. Objectives of course is to learn proper learning form, learn general training techniques, understand how to develop training techniques, learn basic muscle groups involved in running, become familiar with running terminology, and learn basic safety factors involved in running.

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Karate I, II & III

Introduces and gives a basic understanding of the Okinawa Art of Shorin-Ryu Karate. Students will also gain a basic understanding of the philosophy of Shorin-Ryu Karate. You will learn the basic blocking, kicking, and punching skills and their application of self-defense. Each student will improve his or her own ability of body control and function in Levels 1 & II.

Kayaking

This class is designed to introduce students to the adventures of kayaking. They will experience paddling water-ways that offer solitude and outstanding scenery despite their proximity to population centers. There is over a million acres of wilderness set aside for them to enjoy solely by way of kayak. It is an area of pine forests, crystal clear lakes, rolling farm fields, sandbars, islands and river bluffs where deer roam the woods while blue heron soar overhead and the ducks and geese beckon to you from the lake. These lakes serve as an excellent training ground for beginning kayakers. Students will receive basic kayak instruction as well as learn about the history and wildlife making up the various lakes.

Kobudo

*Course description coming soon*

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Meditation

Meditation is not something that can be learned from books. It needs to be experienced first hand to be properly understood. In ancient yogic texts the sages use the example of a person trying to describe the taste of honey to someone who has never tasted something sweet. No matter how precisely the words describe the experience of sweet it is only by tasting the honey yourself that you can really understand it properly. Meditation is a journey into your own self. It is the process of finding peace within your own being and the direct experience of that peace. It has to be practiced regularly over a period of time to begin to understand the process and to glimpse the profound nature of the experience. The system of meditation that will be taught in this course is the Raja Yoga system of the Himalayan Tradition. The Himalayan Tradition of raja yoga is a living tradition that has been passed down from teacher to student in an unbroken lineage for over 5000 years. Nina Johnson has been a student of mediation for over 30 years. She is the Director of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Society of Milwaukee and was trained by her teacher Sri Swami Rama. Each class in this course will include a lecture, a discussion period with questions and answers and a practice session.

Meditation with a Touch of Yoga

This course offers an intermediate study of this ancient psychology; the research and science behind it, and step-by-step instructions in the essential steps of the practice of meditation. 

  • Stress reduction exercises, postures, importance of diet, and intermediate breathing techniques based on Astanga Yoga, principles of the Himalayan tradition. Students will learn to scan their bodies for tension.
  • Meditation will be practiced with the goal of gaining control over one’s breathing patterns and ones senses, improving concentration, focus, mindfulness, thus leading to deeper states.
  • The goal of this process is to clear our habitual tendencies and obstacles leading to an enhanced awareness of your body, your mind and yourself.

Mind/Body Awareness

An exploration of the connection between the body and mind.

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction and Energy

A growing body of scientific research is proving that mindfulness practice can reduce stress and improve physical and mental health. In addition, mindfulness meditation in conjunction with disciplines such as yoga and chi-kung increase the restorative powers of the body which directly affect our natural life-force energy. For today's students, whose stressful lives seem to be an unavoidable aspect of college life, the scientific research is inspirational and conclusive: one's mind --not just one's body--can be trained into working at optimal performance. We can be proactive with our intellectual, emotional and physical well-being. For the student who lives, eats and breathes deadlines, papers and exams, it is extremely helpful to take advantage of this training in order to live a sane and balanced life. In this class we will utilize the disciplines of meditation, yoga, chi-kung, contemplation and philosophical injury, Discussion will also be integral to the course.

Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning

Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the United States. It combines martial art disciplines into a fast paced and extremely exciting combative sport. It is the perfect discipline to study for self defense. This class will introduce you to the fundamental techniques you see performed every time you witness a mixed martial arts competition. Anybody will learn confidence and real world, applicable techniques to use in any dangerous situation they face in life, plus, will come to appreciate the intense physical and mental aspects of the sport. We will teach you the basic principles of wrestling (takedowns and escapes) and judo (throws) so that you have the ability to determine where the fight will take place. You will learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (submissions), an art form developed to help smaller opponents defeat larger ones using techniques developed for close quarters, grappling situations in order to control your opponent and to learn to control your own body. We will incorporate extensive training in kickboxing. The class involves a lot of partner work using focus mitts, boxing gloves and close supervision to ensure proper technique and safety. All of the techniques will be performed on pads and dummies at full speed. By the end of the course you will have learned to apply proper self defense and mixed martial arts techniques in multiple situations. You will benefit physically from the hard work and you will begin to think faster and more clearly in potentially dangerous situations.

Mugs, Jugs & Crocks: Pottery on the Wheel

This class will introduce material and techniques of working with clay on the potter's wheel. Students will explore ceramic objects made by other cultures. Studio activities will include throwing functional cylinders.

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National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified for Spa Operator

Goals of this course are to develop knowledge of aquatic safety, chemical handling and requirements, budgeting, mechanics, training of personal. You will also gain knowledge of the administrative responsibilities of a certified pool/spa operator.

O

Okinawan Kobudo Weapons: Bo and Bo Sai

This course will cover fundamental techniques of the Okinawan multi-weaponed area of Matayoshi Ryu Kodubo. Matayoshi Kobudo consists of techniques such as: rokushaku bo (6 foot staff), sai (fork-like iron truncheon), tonfa/tuifa/tunkua (right angle handle club), nunchaku (two small sticks connected with rope or chain), manji sai (sai with one reversed prong), nunti (bo mounted with manji sai as a spear), eku/iyeku (traditional boat oar), kama (pair of hand held farming sickles), kuwa (okinawan garden hoe), sansetsukon (three sectioned staff), suruchin (weighted chain or rocks attached to rope), and tetsuko/tekko/chizikumbo (brass knuckles and small fist sized spikes and blunt sticks).

Off-Road Bicycling

Riding technique, rider positioning, and on the trail repairs.

Orienteering

This course introduces students to the sport of orienteering, familiarize students with basic use of a map (with contour lines) and compass. You will learn the objective of orienteering and basic strategies needed for successfully completing recreational orienteering activities.

Outdoor Soccer I and II

Become familiar with the rules of outdoor soccer, learn and develop the basic skills of the game, participate fully in class, and successfully compete in games or scrimmages on a regular basis.

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Painting with Water Colors:Flowers

The basic purpose of Painting with Watercolor: Flowers, is to provide students with basic knowledge of painting with watercolor as a medium. Students will learn basic brush techniques, the art of mixing colors, use of washes, color, and shading. Students will also learn the importance of composition in creating an interesting work, and how to develop depth and perspective.

Painting with Water Colors: Landscapes & Architecture

The basic purpose of Painting with Watercolor: Landscapes, is to provide students with basic knowledge of painting with watercolor ass a medium. Students will learn basic brush techniques, the art of mixing colors, use of washes, color, and shading. Student will learn the importance of composition in creating an interesting work, and how to develop depth and perspective.

Photography Fundamentals

Photograph Fundamentals is designed for a person with no knowledge of photography but wants to learn the fundamentals. Students will understand exposure of color negative, color slide and B & W films. Technical challenges and photographic composition will be discussed and explained.

Physical Conditioning

Designed to provide physical exercise and give students the opportunity to learn and participate in physical activity more skillfully, productively, and safely. The purpose of this course is to provide each student with the opportunity to become more skilled in the design of a personal fitness program, to gain endurance, strength, flexibility and to provide a regular cardiovascular workout.

Pilates I & II

The Pilates method is an exercise system focused in improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk and improving core stability. The Pilates method of body conditioning promotes physical harmony and balance for people of all ages and physical conditions while providing a refreshing and energizing workout. In addition, this method can be used safely by pregnant women to learn proper breathing, body alignment, improving concentration, and recover body shape and tone postpartum.

Pilates and Yoga

To establish a solid understanding of basic Pilates mat exercises and basic yoga positions; to establish coordination of breath with movement; to identify core muscles, spinal alignment, and basic concepts of strengthening and stretching major muscle groups; to prevent injury while practicing Pilates and yoga and to understand how to work with individual physical conditions; to have an enjoyable experience in class and leave feeling better in daily life.

Pottery Around the World

This class will introduce materials and techniques of working with clay. Students will explore ceramic objects by many cultures throughout history. Studio activities will include reproducing functional and ritual objects and constructing contemporary interpretations.

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Qigong for Health and Body Conditioning

This course is designed to introduce beginners to the internal body energy (Qi) that Chinese Traditional Medicine incorporates in the healing routines of Medical Qigong.  Martial Artists also adapted these healing routines for increase of power in their Sport.  Breathing, relax-ation, posture and mindful movement are combined to bring harmony and power to the practitioner.

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Racquetball I & II

Students will obtain a working knowledge of the rules and regulations of racquetball and will learn basic racquetball fundamentals. In Racquetball II, students will learn game strategies of racquetball, refine their game and become more proficient.

Rappelling

This class is designed to give students the basic skills and information needed to successfully and safely participate in the sport of rappelling. Students will be given hands-on opportunities in the various skills and techniques of rappelling. Topics to be covered are: safety, rope and webbing, hardware, personal equipment, knots, anchors, edge protection, rappelling, Figure 8 descenders, anchors, getting over, psychology, special methods, and ascending.

Rescue Diver

This course is designed for divers who wish to develop accident prevention and management skills and gain confidence and self-assurance by learning how to assist other divers. By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize and correct problems in the water before they become emergency situations. The course consists of approximately 8 hours of classroom time, a written exam, open water training, and two practical application exercises where the students lead a simulated rescue operation.

S

Sailing

The course introduces students to sailing on 21' keelboats of the Yingling class. The course comprises a rigging class, five on the water instruction with qualified instructors and a dryland class. After the orientational meeting, all instruction will take place at the Sailing Club at UWM dock location on the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center grounds. The rigging class introduces to the different part of the boat and teaches to raise, lower and stow the sails. During the on-the-water lessons, students will learn subsequently to steer the boat with confidence, come-about (turn the boat when heading toward the wind), jibe (turn the boat when heading away from the wind and then make full circles), perform the person-over-board (POB) rescue maneuvers and approach and leave docks and moorings under different wind conditions and orientations. These lessons are arranged on an individual basis with the instructor.

Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata

This class is designed to teach students basic, functional understanding of Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata dance styles; all originating from the island of Puerto Rico. At the end of the course, students should be able to recognize the different musical rhythms and styles of all dances, and be able to dance accordingly also. A brief history of each will also be given. About 3 weeks will be spent on each dance style, depending on the speed and flow of the class. All three will be covered, with a review period at the end of the 8 week class.

SCUBA: Equipment Maintenance Specialty

This course is intended to familiarize divers with the operation and maintenance of equipment. It is not an equipment-repair course. The PADI Equipment Specialist course addresses the following:

  • The theory, principles and operation of diving equipment.
  • Routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment storage.
  • Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures (including a demonstration of repair procedures).
  • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment (optional trying of new or unfamiliar equipment in confined water).

Self-Defense

This is an assault prevention course with a broader perspective than typical self-defense instruction. Incorporating physical and psychological training, it is a comprehensive program that develops street-smart skills and self-confidence through awareness and knowledge as preventative techniques. Emphasis on training techniques for women.

Shaolin Kung Fu I, II & III

Course features an introduction to the art of Shaolin Kung Fu and traditional forms and self-defense techniques. Students will develop discipline, flexibility, mind-body coordination, and muscle tone. Shaolin Kung Fu provides the ultimate challenge in physical and mental exercise.

Skin & Scuba

This course introduces the student to scuba through academic, confined water, and open water training. During these training sessions, students will learn how to assemble, operate, and break down scuba systems. Students will also learn basic scuba skills such as: mask and regulator cleaning, emergency air management, and dive planning.

So You Think You Can't Dance...But You Can!

The hit shows, "So You Think You Can Dance," and "Dancing With The Stars," present exciting dances in a variety of styles. This introductory class will teach some basic steps and choreography in several of those styles (hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, jive/swing, and Broadway). Fitness, strength, coordination and gaining dance skills are the goals of each class and of this course. No prior dance experience or training necessary.

Sports Officiating: Basketball

This is a cognitive motor skills survey course designed to teach the student the basic principles of officiating basketball. Specifically, those skills are rules knowledge, and mechanics of both two and three person coaching at the high school level. Outside participation to practice and develop this skill as well as state certification will be offered and are recommended but not required.

Step Aerobics

Students will develop an understanding of basic aerobic movements and vernacular; increase muscle endurance and strength, develop and/or improve rhythm, flexibility, and muscle memory, and increase enjoyment of exercises. Students will also identify and understand safety and injury prevention tactics, develop basic choreography and cueing skills, and present a short aerobic routine upon completion of the course.

Stretching for Fitness

Students will learn theories and principles of stretching including three main levels (muscle fiber, tendons-ligaments skeletal) affected during stretching. Students will engage in basic stretch, rotate and stretch, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, partner stretching and relaxation stretching through choreographed routines. Students will engage in movement routines executing (stretching, flexing muscles, toning, strengthening, corrective posture, range of motion exercises and deep breathing). Students will learn the importance of stretching to warm-up and cool down.

Swim I & II

These courses focus on improving swimming skills, stroke techniques, forms of entry, aerobic/anaerobic conditioning, and metabolic training related to heart rate and nutritional factors.

Swing & Salsa

This course will cover body exercises for limbering, balance, and arms. It will give a historical background of swing. Basic footwork and figures will also be covered. The word salsa means sauce denoting a hot flavor and its best distinguished from other Latin music styles by defining it as a New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians in New York . The dance structure is largely associated with mambo type patterns with a particular feeling and flavor.

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Table Tennis

Learn rules of the game (singles and doubles), basic forehand strokes, serves with top, under, and/or sidespin, forehand and backhand loop/block. Learn proper footwork and grip. Practice against a robot. Different formats of tournaments will be presented.

Tae Kwon-Do I & II

These classes will teach students the introductory philosophies of Tae Kwon-Do, Korean terminology, various stances and techniques of Tae Kwon-Do.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan I & II

Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese exercise and self defense design to improve physical health, decrease stress and bring unity to mind, body and spirit. It has been practiced in China for about 3,000 years. Tai Chi uses martial arts movements performed very slowly in order to improve balance, coordination and strength. It is often called “moving meditation.” Tai Chi is a beautiful flowing set of exercises that improve flexibility, coordination, balance and cardiovascular fitness. This will include warm up exercises of qigong and ba duan jin. There are 108 movements in the complete form. Tai Chi I will focus on movements 1-33 and Tai Chi II will focus on movements 34-68.

Tennis I & II

The main objectives of Tennis I & II are to learn the basic skills necessary to play tennis. The course will cover tennis terminology and tennis etiquette, the rules of tennis (singles and doubles), basic stroke mechanisms and footwork, basic singles and doubles strategy, proper warm-up/cool-down exercises and stretches, and other basic skills. There will be one exam, the final. The final exam will cover tennis rules and some fundamental concepts.

Theory & Practice of Coaching Competitive Swimming

This course is great for those who enjoy swimming and those who plan to coach swimming in the future. You will be instructed on the basic knowledge of swimming and good coaching ethics.

Touch Football

Become familiar with the rules of touch football. Learn and develop the basic skills and conditioning required by the game and fully participate in class. Successfully compete in a game or scrimmage on a regular basis employing the basic skills.

Trail & Cross Country Running

Students will participate in running activities and learn about different training techniques. Objectives of course are to learn proper learning form, learn general training techniques, understand how to develop training techniques, learn basic muscle groups involve in running, become familiar with running terminology, and learn basic safety factors involved in running.

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Underwater Photography

Students will learn camera assembly and maintenance as well as basic underwater photography techniques in this hands-on course. Students are asked to view the PADI Underwater Photography video, attend classroom sessions on underwater photography theory and techniques, and complete a total of two video dives.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee is a challenging, fast-paced sport experiencing high levels of growth worldwide. This class would provide an introduction to the sport, and prepare students to play it at higher levels. Students are expected to:

  • Become familiar with the rules of ultimate frisbee.
  • Learn and develop the basic skills and conditioning required by the game and fully participate in class.
  • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment (Optional trying of new or unfamiliar equipment in confined water.

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Volleyball I & II

Students will obtain a working knowledge of rules and regulations of volleyball. Students will learn basic volleyball fundamentals such as serving, blocking, hitting, setting, passing and digging.

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Water Aerobics

This course focuses on learning different techniques that are used in water exercise, including interval training, strength training, noodle workouts, and use of aqua jogger belts. Other objectives are to become aerobically fit, exercise, and most of all enjoy water activities.

Weight Training I & II

In this class you will examine your eating habits, reevaluate your present program, get to know basic safety factors in the weight room, become familiar with weight training terminology, understand how a basic weight training program works, learn correct technique of selected weight training exercises, and get to know some of the basic muscle groups involved in weight training.

Weight Training with Cardio Workout

It's an intense aerobic workout combined with weight lifting to provide students with general knowledge of cardiac conditioning methods and proper weight lifting techniques.

Wellness: The Art of Conscious Living

The goal of this course is to experience life. Wellness combines mind, body, emotion and spirit. Included will be a variety of opportunities to comfortably experience the definition of self-exploration and self-discovery as we increase our consciousness. Tools such as journal usage, yoga, nutrition, relaxation, mediation, breath work, and group discussions will be included activities.

Wilderness Survival

Increase backwoods knowledge while learning to live in the wilderness with the bare essentials using your head to overcome difficult situations.

Winter Camping

Learn through demonstrations, lectures and practical application how to be comfortable and enjoy camping with tents in Wisconsin winters. There will be a weekend camp-out.

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Yoga I & II

Students will learn fourteen basic Hatha yoga postures taught in a gentle yet effective manner. The course includes introductory instruction in yogic breathing, relaxation and philosophy. Yoga benefits the body, mind and spirit. It is more than just a set of physical exercises. The practice of yoga enhances health and well-being. It helps to train and focus the mind, stretches and tones muscles, strengthens the spine and skeletal system, massages internal organs, releases tension and soothes the nervous system. The greatest benefits will be obtained by practicing what is learned outside of the classroom.

Yoga for Stress Management

Learn ancient yoga/health practices for managing daily stressors. Students will learn to identify signs and symptoms of stress, how anxiety manifests in the body and mind, and yoga techniques for relief. The focus will be on gentle yoga, breathing to calm the nervous system and meditation. The ancient system of Raja Yoga, a precursor to all other types of yoga dating back to 4000BC, will be explored, as well as how yoga practices evolved and were introduced into Western Culture. In this system hatha, or physical yoga will be introduced as preliminary practices to balance the body, relax the breath, stretch and tone muscles, and massage internal organ systems. All practices are meant to provide students new options for gaining inner strength and self control. Since yoga is geared toward each person's capacity, all ages and body types are invited.

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Zumba Fitness

Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be "FUN AND EASY TO DO" allowing Zumba participants to stick to the Zumba Fitness program and achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is a “feel-happy” workout that is great for both the body and the mind.

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music—dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system! The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness, interval training, and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. It is a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps. (Zumba shuffle, salsa, reggaeton, meringue, samba, cumbia, etc.)