Swimmers are always happy as children when the coach allows them to swim with fins on the main task. You shouldn’t relax. Here are five tips to always remember when using this wonderful tool.
The inexpressible joy and anticipation that wakes up inside at the moment when you put on fins is probably familiar to everyone who has ever been involved in sports swimming with lifeguard course at least once in their life – of course, it’s real nitrous oxide, which adds jet speed to every kick! As you know, any swimmer in the world, regardless of his level of training and status, be it a beginner or an Olympic champion, likes to swim very very fast in training. Here are five tips to always remember when putting on fins:
It is best to wear them in the water .
In general, swimmers are not among the most highly coordinated athletes, especially when some weirdo tries to walk along the side of the pool with flippers on. In addition to the fact that it is almost impossible to walk in such ears, the soles of the fins are usually devoid of absolutely any relief and, therefore, very slippery (especially on tiles generously flavored with chlorine water). It is best to calmly get to the side on foot, sit on it, immersing your feet in the water and put on your favorite equipment.
Length matters .
As soon as the coach gives the command to turn into a pinniped, the very first instinctive desire that arises in your head is to grab meatier and longer fins in your inventory as soon as possible. Everyone wants to get a whale tail. However, long fins have a serious drawback: the larger and longer the fin, the slower the kicking rhythm will be. Yes, at first glance it may seem that this is not a problem at all, but, for example, for sprinters, training in such fins will be absolutely unnecessary and useless. You will benefit the most from using fins if you can feel the speed while wearing them, but still be able to keep the same pace of kicking in the water as without them. All I wanted to say is – choose fins that are made specifically for swimming.
Sock or no sock ? That’s the question .
The most high-tech way to avoid chafing your feet with fin-type rubber goods, proven time and time again by the best “scientists” of the advanced swimming pools, is of course to put on a pair of old socks before jumping into your fins (I personally use old scissor-cut gaiters). There is definitely common sense in what I am saying. Just think what a pair of rough, brutal, rubber fins can do to your delicate fingers even in a short period of use. Watery calluses are not cool (and painful)! (By the way, the best way out of the situation, in addition to socks, would be to buy a pair of fancy fins made of silicone, not rubber).
Use them at the right time.
Whether you believe me or not, the fact that you really enjoy swimming with fins, or that you have cool new fins, or some other fact, does not mean that you use them at the right time. For example, during most competitions, fins are strictly prohibited for use during the warm-up. By the way, I’m talking. When one swimmer rushes along the track like a torpedo, and the rest puff on diesel, it gets a little nervous. Not to mention the ocean-scale waves and bulbs that you send in all directions of the pool.
Swim even more with fins .
Developing exceptional kicking power and strength requires an enormous amount of time and energy while hugging the board. Developing really good crawl kicks or dolphin kicks takes effort and work. Therefore, those swimmers whose kicks are not as great as they would like, and who are hesitant to use fins or not, should remember that they need to use fins as often as possible, if not all the time. Fins – help you train your kicking and get faster, and are not at all to blame for the fact that you do not like to swim with a board.