Mary Donahue welcomes you to her home page

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

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I’ve been on the faculty at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, since April, 1988, first in Physical Education, then in Biological and Health Sciences as well.

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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.

I have been a member of the De Anza College Academic Senate Executive Committee since April 2012.

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I’m proud to have been a lifeguard, lifeguard captain or in charge of the swim of 53 triathlons or open water swims.

I was retained as an expert witness in a near-drowning lawsuit. The good guys won.

I have been a volunteer with Yosemite National Park Preventative Search and Rescue since March 2014.

Safety tips are at: /psar-reports

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Some of the classes I teach:

I usually teach every level of swim class each year. One of my favorites is KAWASAKI STX-15F 12F INLET MANIFOLD THredTLE BODY INJECTION INJECTOR 05 - 08 (P.E. 26A/ KNES 001A). 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, as well as people who can swim some, but are not confident in deep water.

Health 57A Hlth 57A, First Aid for the Community, Home, Wilderness and Disasters, is a one-unit class that is offered at De Anza almost every quarter. You can get the Red Cross certification or just take the class to learn first aid. The class meets for only four sessions, not all quarter and is done before finals week.

See the De Anza website for registration information:
Registration steps are at:

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I teach the American Red Crosscertification class and an occasional Lifeguard Instructor certification class off campus.

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“Those who can, do. Those who believe others can also, teach.”

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“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

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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.

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What I’ve been up to lately:

Monterey ocean kayak day trip May 2019

Yosemite winter trip 2019

Sea to Summit Aquasling Kayak Wall Sling Pair bluee

Grand Teton National Park 2018

Golden Gate Sharkfest July 22, 2018

May 2018 Monterey kayak adventure

February 2018 Yosemite trip

fall quarter 2017 Monterey ocean kayak day trip

Grand Teton National Park between-summer-and-fall-quarters 2017 trip:
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Volunteering at the 2017 Escape from Alcatraz Sharkfest swim.

2017 Monterey Bay kayak spring break trip

Yosemite National Park Outdoor Club

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De Anza College Outdoor Club Monterey kayak trip March 26 2016

Yosemite winter camping trip 2016

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

De Anza College Outdoor Club Grand Teton trip 2010

lifeguards at the Escape from Alcatraz Alcatri 2010

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waterfront lifeguard practice May 16, 2010

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De Anza Outdoor Club Yosemite winter trip 2010

2009 Grand Teton trip

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Yosemite Falls view in February snow and other seasons

Newest webpages (besides the photo pages above) :

Yosemite National Park regulations, policies and rules links

Yosemite Camp 4 map

Parking and traffic jams in Yosemite valley tips and tricks

Yosemite valley tent cabins tips and tricks

Essay on one of the five components of fitness

They were just taking a selfie . . .

First Aid Facts and Fallacies

Swimming in Yosemite National park

write this in your Red Cross lifeguarding instructor’s manual

write this in your Red Cross Lifeguarding manual

tips for guarding kids’ triathlons

Hands only CPR

Do it yourself earthquake preparedness

emergency information form

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Cultural issues in first aid

Yosemite Valley Free Shuttle Bus

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History of lifesaving

Just another day at the home office

Do AEDs work?

First Aid for Public Safety Personnel study guide

Swim workout vocabulary

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California Lifeguards and Title 22

How to find the location of John Muir’s cabin (hang nest) in Yosemite Valley

Road trip advice and etiquette

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In early 2016 the server for the first De Anza College faculty websites was near failing and faculty were told to move their websites off of it. As I have the time I will finish fixing links to and within pages.

I am the webmaster for this website.

In late October 2006 the original De Anza College version of my faculty website, one of the first at De Anza, received its one millionth hit. April, 2008 it received its two millionth hit. In late 2009, the three millionth. In late 2010 it had four million hits, in late 2011 five million. In March 2016 the server was failing and I moved the faculty website here.

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To find subjects at this site, try my Site Index

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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.

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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.