Mary Donahue welcomes you to her home page.
I've been on the faculty at De Anza since April, 1988, first in Physical Education, then in Biological and Health Sciences as well.
I've also taught at various Adult and Community Education centers, City Recreation Departments and have taught other groups as diverse as the staff of the Sunnyvale Senior Center; the staff of James Ranch/Harold Holden Boy's Ranch (for the County of Santa Clara Probation Department); the Girl Scouts; Saratoga-Los Gatos, Milpitas and Fremont Union High School District staffs; Federal Court staff; De Anza's Security staff; various corporate wellness centers and trainees for the California Conservation Corps. I've taught various subjects as a volunteer at the Santa Clara Valley Red Cross, the college, Harker Academy, the San Tomas Neighborhood Association and for Campbell/Cupertino/Saratoga/Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training exercises.
I'm a Red Cross certified instructor, primarily in lifeguard training, swimming, first aid and CPR/AED. I am also a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, CPR/AED Instructor Trainer and Water Safety Instructor Trainer.
Shortly into my term as a De Anza instructor, I became the
Senior Faculty Advisor to the Outdoor Club. Look at Outdoor Club Basic Info for details.
I'm proud to have been a lifeguard, lifeguard captain or in charge of the swim of 49 triathlons or open water swims.
I was retained as an expert witness in a near-drowning lawsuit. The good guys won.
Go to Personal Info for more about my resume.
Some of the classes I teach:
P.E.28G The American Red Cross swimming teacher certification class, Water Safety Instructor (WSI) was most recently offered winter quarter 2012. The next time has not been determined. You can become certified to teach swim lessons for all ages, Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue courses.
Lifeguard Training (P.E. 28A) includes certifications in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and/or Shallow Water Attendant, Basic Water Rescue, First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Defibrillation, Waterfront Lifeguard, Administering Emergency oxygen, Epinephrine Auto Injector Administration and Bloodborne Pathogens: Preventing Disease Transmission.(Relax, we've got eleven weeks.) The class completely fulfills the requirement for Area E for your A.A. degree, which means it also transfers to U.C. and State Universities.
I usually teach every level of swim class each year, but one of my favorites is Novice swimming (P.E. 26A). It's a class for VERY beginning swimmers - including people who have never been in a pool or are even afraid to get in a pool.
CPR AED Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, meets for six sessions, not all quarter. We have more time available for practice for those who need it than many other training centers.
See the De Anza website for registration information:
Registration steps are at: http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/admissions/
"Those who can, do. Those who believe others can also, teach."
John E. King in Captive Notions
"When you learn, teach. When you get, give."
Contact Info: I prefer that my students talk to me in person in class.
When I am in town I usually check my email at least twice a day.
What I've been up to lately:
lifeguards at the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon 2012
Grand Teton National Park trip 2011
lifeguards at the 2011 Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon
De Anza College Outdoor Club winter Yosemite trip 2011
De Anza College Outdoor Club Grand Teton trip 2010
lifeguards at the Escape from Alcatraz Alcatri 2010
lifeguards at the Silicon Valley Kid's triathlon 2010
waterfront lifeguard practice May 16, 2010
Outdoor Club Monterey kayak trip 2010 group photos
De Anza Outdoor Club Yosemite winter trip 2010
2009 Grand Teton trip
2009 Senior Games triathlon lifeguards
volunteer lifeguards at the Silicon Valley Kids' Triathlon 2009
Yosemite Falls view in February snow and other seasons
Newest webpages (besides the photo pages above) :
Hands only CPR
Do it yourself earthquake preparedness
emergency information form
Cultural issues in first aid
an eight person tent holds this many campers
earthquake preparedness presentation
NOT RESCUE READY
History of lifesaving
Just another day at the home office
Do AEDs work?
First Aid for Public Safety Personnel study guide
Swim workout vocabulary
Touched by a Drowning
California Lifeguards and Title 22
Common mistakes in Professional Rescuer CPR skills
How to find the location of John Muir's cabin (hang nest) in Yosemite Valley
Road trip advice and etiquette
fatal, near fatal or close call incidents/accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering
In late October 2006 this website received its one millionth hit. In April, 2008 it received its two millionth hit. By late 2009 it had 3 million. In late 2010 it had 4 million, in late 2011, 5 million.
Some of the most read pages at this website are: (as of mid 2013) Blood donation FAQs had 396,279 hits, How to pass a Red Cross written test had 290,951, History of swimming section (which is used as a homework assignment by a professor at a Texas college) had 204,555 hits, Lifeguard Training FAQs had 244,232, Oxygen administration quick facts had 225,575, Lifeguard Training had 113,314, Lifeguard training, swimming, CPR and first aid links had 83,058, fatal, near fatal or close call incidents/accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering had 82,300, Thunderstorm and lightning safety had 78,212, How to rescue a drowning victim using a reaching assist or a shepherd's crook had 58,837, swimming vocabulary (which is used as a homework assignment by an English as a second language school in Paris, France), had 56,422, Backpacking Advice had 40,472, Snow or rain camp must-haves had 40,315, Grand Tetons had 42,079, Camping Blunders had 30,128, Sneaking exercise had 31,260, and Safe driving in rain and fog (which is used as a homework assignment by a driving school) had 31,140 hits.
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