By Shona from Pirongia, New Zealand – I will use them to improve my swimming kick. I do not move at all when I kick now. All movement comes from my arms so would like my legs to be utilised but have never found anyone who can help show me what I am doing wrong. Hopefully now this may work. … And later … I have received my fins and have used them three times now. I am swimming 1km freestyle with them on and then taking them off for the next 1km. I am noticing that my kicking feels really flowing for about the first 20 lengths or 400m. Then I am finding it difficult to continue with the flow. I realise the more I use shinfin fins the better my kick will become and I am very happy with the results in such a short time. I am hoping in time it will increase my speed as I am starting to do Ocean Swims and just this last weekend raced in the 750m Mt Maunganui Ocean swim and was first female in my age group (30-39) so I am hoping to just slowly improve my speed and maybe next year enter the 2.8km swim. I really appreciate all the tips you have given and I am very happy with my purchase. … And 2 months later … I am really happy with them and feel my kick has become straighter and a proper full leg kick. I am trying to build my swimming up so I can swim in the Auckland harbour crossing in November and before I got the fins I was swimming only 1km freestyle and now I am up to swimming 2 1/2kms freestyle so am pretty confident I will be able to achieve my goal and swim the Harbour Crossing in November which is 2.8km. I am hoping to build up to being able to swim 4kms comfortably in freestyle and I use the fins to improve my technique. I am no champion swimmer but enjoy my swimming and am glad to have the fins to ensure my technique is correct and I am kicking correctly. Again I am very happy with my fins, your support and my physical appearance has also improved. Thank you very much. That’s fine if you put some extracts on your web site. I hope it helps other people as swimming is a great sport and with correct aids it is easy to improve without full on coaching as most of us are doing it for our own personal well being and challenge. The shinfin fins have and are helping my technique and I am enjoying my swimming more and more.
By Matt from Brisbane, Australia – The fins are fantastic. They have encouraged me to kick correctly. They took a swim to get used to but I think its because my technique was out. I’ve found my ‘fin-free’ technique has improved to a considerable extent, either that or they’ve shortened the pool! Bought a second pair for my grandfather for Christmas.. He swims almost every morning for the last 30 years (close to 80!). I’m sure he will enjoy them as much as I have. They’ll assist him to keep swimming for a long time to come.
By Paul from Brisbane, Australia – I find the fins to be great in maintaining my profile in the water. I’m not strong with my kicking and tend to drag my legs in freestyle but I’ve found with the fins I’m able to maintain a horizontal position much easier and maintain a consistent rhythm with my kick. Basically I find them great. I’m doing 2 km freestyle a day. I do think that as you use the fins and become aware of your profile in the water you would be “trained” or conditioned to adopt that profile in no fin swimming.
By Michael from Kalgoorlie, Australia – They arrived promptly and have improved my kick. I had a reasonable style but it has continued to improve. I now regularly swim 2500m in a session including 800 with fins, 2 to 3 times per week in addition to other gym exercise. The improvements are noticed after removing and swimming straight away.
By Ryan from Doha, Qatar – I’ve been using them quite a bit. Freestyle is my worst stroke. Breast stroke is my best and the one I rest with. They don’t work for breast stroke. But for freestyle, butterfly and back stroke they are great. I am enjoying them quite a bit. Allows me to get a good workout without being totally winded. Gotta run. Great product. [Reply from Marc: Some people find that if you twist the fins out a bit towards the outside of your leg, then they work reasonably well for breaststroke. You may like to try this.] Thanks for the advice on the breaststroke. I’ll try it and see.
By Ibrahim from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – In my workouts, I usually do freestyle (for which the fins are excellent!) and breaststroke. But only yesterday I tried something that kind of resembled a dolphin kick with my breaststroke. It was quite comfortable with the shinfin fins and I was able to work on my arms more. Because of the design of the fins, I did not get any strain on my ankles and could sustain an even and relaxed kick with out a lot of effort. I was swimming yesterday and another swimmer noticed my fins and asked about them. I not only explained the principle, but I also let him try them on for a few laps. He had a pair of Zoomers. The difference was remarkable according to him.
By Mark from Auckland, New Zealand – Going great guns. Took a short time to get used to the different movement. Gives a better natural swim movement and better work-out to the main muscles. Great Product. My work-outs are structured to use the shinfin fins for drills and fine tuning technique and yes the benefits transfer between “no fins” swimming.
By Anthony from Hong Kong – My left leg below knee was amputated in an accident many years ago. There is about 8 inches below the left knee. I fit the fin almost level below the left knee. I wear shinfin fins on both legs when I am swimming. The fins work perfectly on me. I used to have difficulty in doing kick during freestyle swimming. They help a lot in freestyle and especially butterfly. At freestyle, they help to keep both legs in correct kick actions. At butterfly, they help me to ‘feel’ the kick perfectly so that I know how to turn my body at the right timing. I think the fins help a lot to give me a feeling of the kick, particularly in my left leg. Usually, people can feel the kick from their feet. Feeling the kick is very important particularly in butterfly swimming. In freestyle, the fins help me to balance.
By Amanda from Sydney, Australia – Have really enjoyed the fins this season and am a bit embarrassed by the attention they attract at the pool! My brother and my 11 year old nephew have both tried them and whilst the boy is not convinced the adult thought they were great and could feel them improving his swimming technique after one use! One great thing is being able to share them – much easier than with conventional flippers! But, I am a bit reluctant ’cause I love them so much … maybe more of the family will convert as time goes on.
By Phil from Auckland, New Zealand – Love ’em. My swimming technique has improved markedly, just as you said. Body position has become more streamlined because my kick has improved. Only really noticed when I forgot them one time. I get some funny looks but they’re a good conversation-starter. Great product, man – innovative. Had really flash swimmers gawking but too proud to ask (guess they wondered why their coaches weren’t into it). Perhaps you just need to promote them here?
By Guy from London, UK – I’m very happy with the fins. My weak spot is my freestyle kick, and the fins certainly do ‘what it says on the tin’, and have helped a lot.
By Diana from Tweed Heads, Australia – The shinfin fins are great. It’s the first time I have been able to use flippers without hurting my feet so I am really happy. When I do freestyle now with or without the flippers I am lying flatter in the water and my swimming style has improved.
By Julie from Mentone, Australia – We have been taking our shinfin fins to the swimming pool and have enjoyed doing laps with them on. We have used them about five times so far. I adapted to the kicking style easily because I have rarely worn regular fins. My boyfriend took a little longer because he is a scuba diver and wears normal fins most of the time. We like the feel of them against the water, and certainly they improve our style and speed. They have been the subject of great interest at the different swimming venues we have been to, so we have done our best to promote them.
By Swim Club in New Zealand – They are good and have been used to help correct one of our club swimmers backstroke kick.
By Barry from San Pedro, California, USA – I have been very happy with the fins … they have been a big help. My unaided kick is very bad and that puts a lot less stress on my shoulders and elbows. The fins largely correct the problem and I have had much less trouble since I have been using them.
By Robert from Columbia – I like them VERY much. Your assertion that the fins encourage a kicking motion that is more mechanically similar to the unaided kick is spot-on. I agree that they are an improvement over the traditional fin. I wish you continued success on a quality product.
By George from Ottowa, Canada – I tried them right away (only freestyle kick). This is my first observation: a) The allow for a relatively fast kick b) They guide to a “higher on the water” and a better balanced position for the freestyle. c) They take the load off the knees – this is important for me because I bought the fins for my niece (a 15 year old competitive swimmer) who has some knee ligament problems. I am extremely happy with the purchase.” …and then, 4 weeks later… “I really like the fins. I am going to order another pair for myself.
By Tammy (coach) from Edmonton, Canada – On behalf of Greg and the rest of the Hurricanes (who had ordered shinfin fins through Swim Alberta), I just want to say that shinfin fins are doing exactly what they are supposed to do. The Hurricanes are a SWAD Squad actively using the fins. At least 20% of our kick sets are designed around using the fins and the swimmers do really well with them. Greg absolutely loves using them! The fins do what is claimed and actually even correct kick positions. For swimmers who sometimes have difficulty working out how best to use the kick they have, the fins are an awesome training tool. Thank you for your follow-up and I wish you much success! … and update months later … shinfin fins are good…Greg uses them every practice (he swims with a different squad now) and I have a 13-year old who does great with them…Really helped improve his kick.
By John from NSW, Australia – Without a doubt the weakest part of my swimming was my kick. I tried specific kick training and have utilised ordinary fins for years, but as soon I started to swim, the kick would stop and my legs would just ‘hang’ there. The shinfin fins have helped me in two ways. First, the transition from fins to no-fins is easier to make with shinfin fins than with ordinary fins. Swimming with shinfin fins more closely resembles the action I am trying to achieve. That is, the predominant propulsion is still coming from the arms with support from the legs. Second, I am learning that good body rotation starts with the legs and I have experienced moments with the shinfin fins where everything seems to come together and I actually feel like a ‘proper’ swimmer.