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Swimming with Fins – from what age?

swimming with finsQUESTION:

Hi Gary,

At what age can swimmers wear fins?  Or can they start wearing them in training sessions (swimming approx. 2-3 times per week) at the age of 8 or 9 years.

Many thanks


ANSWER – Swimming with Fins

While a swimmer can start wearing fins at any age, most children begin to wear them around 8 years of age.  Some can be younger and some older.  They are usually introduced when a child can swim multiple laps and is learning butterfly.

Fins, also known as flippers, can be used for a variety of reasons with young swimmers.  Some of the common uses include:

  1. Learning dolphin kick underwater in a streamlined position;
  2. Learning butterfly;
  3. Doing breaststroke arms with one butterfly kick at the same time that you would normally do a breaststroke kick;
  4. Kick sets, and
  5. Swimming fast by using your arms and kicking really fast.

Remember, fins are just an aid to assist swimmers to learn skills and improve leg strength.  They can also provide some variety in the training sessions however they should not be used too much as there are also many benefits gained from kicking without fins.

You can also access more information on swimming with fins at Why use Fins or Flippers when Swimming?



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