If you’re persistent in learning how to swim properly, try using fins.
It is also a great way to stay in the pool longer and avoid wasting energy. For those who want to train in the water for a sport, fins offer added resistance and endurance.
This article highlights tips on how to use fins while swimming.
Advantages of Fins
Below are the benefits of using fins while swimming:
- They allow you to keep the legs up and provide propulsion while learning the front crawl or backstroke so that you can concentrate on the coordination of arm and leg movements.
- While learning the body undulation and dolphin kick in the butterfly stroke, the length of the swim fins provides additional leverage which eases learning the wave-like body undulation.
- They provide propulsion and lift in difficult swimming drills.
- They provide an efficient leg workout in kicking sets, especially if you use the short blade variant of swim fins.
- If you have stiff ankles (for example because you are a runner or soccer player), using them regularly will loosen up your ankles. Flexible ankles are important for an efficient flutter kick.
Using Fins While Swimming
Swimming with fins increases the amount of water you move with every kick you make. Long fins also let you ride higher in the water thanks to the added propulsion, simulating the speed and position of elite swimmers. You can wear either long or short fins to practice back, front or side dolphin kicks. More advanced drills that build explosive power include “rockets,” in which you kick up from the bottom of a dive well or very deep pool quickly; the goal is to break the surface of the water like a rocket.
Shapes and Sizes
Swim fins come in many different shapes and sizes tailor-made to suit swimmers’ needs. Fins with long blades put more pressure on ankle and knee joints but allow you to move faster through the water. They increase ankle flexibility in adult swimmers and force you to use you legs more during lap swims.
Shorter and stiffer fins such as zoomers or shooter monofins allow you to move faster without loading too much pressure on your joints. Monofins have one blade for both feet. They force you to work both legs in unison when you kick, creating a dolphin-style kick.
It is important to remember that swim fins should have a tight fit without hurting, as their fit will be more slippery in the water.