Back to De Anza College Home Mary Donahue
De Anza College | Faculty Directory

Mary Donahue welcomes you to her De Anza College faculty website.

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 50 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.

Ahwahnee lane line:

Some of the classes I teach:

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:

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) was most recently offered spring quarter 2013. The next time has not been determined. The class 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.


"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."

Maya Angelou


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.

on top of Lembert Dome, Yosemite: official faculty photo August 2007:

What I've been up to lately:

Yosemite winter camping trip 2015

monterey kayak March 2014

2014 Yosemite winter trip

ocean kayak October 2013 group photos

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) :

tips for guarding kids' triathlons

Hands only CPR

Do it yourself earthquake preparedness

emergency information form

Cultural issues in first aid

Citizen CPR

an eight person tent holds this many campers

earthquake preparedness presentation


History of lifesaving

Just another day at the home office

Do AEDs work?

First Aid for Public Safety Personnel study guide

Swim workout vocabulary

swimming 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 early 2015) Blood donation FAQs had 438,286 hits, How to pass a Red Cross written test had 335,138, Oxygen administration quick facts had 313,842, Lifeguard Training FAQs had 279,785, History of swimming section (which is used as a homework assignment by a professor at a Texas college) had 260,242 hits, Lifeguard Training had 121,312, Lifeguard training, swimming, CPR and first aid links had 89,877, fatal, near fatal or close call incidents/accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering had 113,013, Thunderstorm and lightning safety had 107,265, CPR Pro skills review questions had 92,450, swimming vocabulary (which is used as a homework assignment by an English as a second language school in Paris, France), had 72,091, Backpacking Advice had 44,684, Snow or rain camp must-haves had 48,208, Grand Tetons had 45,874, Camping Blunders had 33,523, Sneaking exercise had 37,072, and Safe driving in rain and fog (which is used as a homework assignment by a driving school) had 37,043 hits.


To find subjects at this site, try my Site Index


I take great pride in ensuring the accuracy, correctness, completeness and reliability of the content of this website, but I make no representations or warranties as to the content's accuracy, correctness, completeness or reliability. The website may contain inaccuracies, out-of-date information / links, typographical errors, or other errors or omissions. Also, unauthorized additions, deletions, or alterations could be made to the website by third parties without my knowledge. If you believe that information found on this website is inaccurate or unauthorized, please let me know.

No liability can be accepted by myself, the Outdoor Club, the college or the district, for loss, damage or injury caused by any errors in, or omissions from, the information given.

There are links to other websites from my website; however, these other websites are not controlled by me and I am not responsible for any content contained on any such website or any loss suffered by you in relation to your use of such websites. You waive any and all claims against Mary Donahue, the De Anza College Outdoor Club, De Anza College and/or the De Anza Foothill College District regarding the inclusion of links to outside websites or your use of those websites.

 Updated Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 6:01:36 PM by Mary Donahue -
Login | Logout