Learn to Scuba Dive: The Essential Finning Techniques

Finning techniques
8 Aug 2017

Learn to Scuba Dive: The Essential Finning Techniques

Close to 1 million diver certifications are issued worldwide each year. While completing your open water course is a good start to finning well, it’s not the end. Like most things in life, practice makes perfect. Is this is the first time you’ve tried to learn to scuba dive? Are you are seasoned at scuba and wanting to take your skills to the next level? No matter your level, this guide on essential finning techniques is a must read. So let’s get started and get you diving smarter!

Learn to Scuba Dive Well = Finning Well

People mistakenly think that form doesn’t really matter much when taking up a sports activity. Need Proof? Ever seen a jogger with a weird stride? How about a gym-rat with a funky lifting technique? Form matters. Using the proper form helps with efficiency. Plus, it helps to reduce the risk of injury. Using the correct finning technique is especially important for divers. After all, it can greatly improve your air supply while lessening your impact on the underwater environment. This means fewer stray kicks to unassuming coral. Now that you know why finning well is important, let’s talk technique.

Flutter Kick Out

This standard kick is taught to most when they first learn to scuba dive. However, it should be left out of your advanced finning. This is because it can use up a lot of valuable energy, while also stirring up silt. Better options include…

Frog Kick

Sure, it’s an adaptation of the aforementioned flutter kick. However, it’s a lot more powerful. When performed properly, it reduces your air consumption — meaning longer dive time. With no up-and-down motion to speak of, it is a great kick to use to wipe-out silting. It also allows for the best possible visibility.

Helicopter Turn

You really can’t be on your way to a better finning technique without adding this kick to your repertoire. This one-legged kick is more about maneuvering your self in the water than anything else. Need to check on a buddy? Make a quick change in direction? This is your kick. So, then how does it work? Well, one fin remains horizontal in the water while you use your other to frog-kick into the preferred direction.

Back Kick

Also known as the reverse-fin, this style of kick helps create backward movement in the water. There are multiple uses for this kick. They include holding your position in a particular place and gaining some distance for a photo opportunity. They even help you to halt a swim-through if you decide to. When you first learn to scuba dive, it’s easy to forget about all of the great finning techniques and simply focus on moving in the direction you want to go. But learning these kicks will lead to a more pleasurable dive. They allow you greater control in the water, produce less muscle fatigue, and provide greater oxygen efficiency.

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