Teaching young children to swim is one of the most valuable lessons one can leave behind. Whether you live close to the water or not, the benefits of this sport in terms of endurance, discipline and self-awareness are significant.
Part of learning how to swim and joining a swim team involves getting the right equipment, including appropriate swim fins for kids.
The benefits of fins for kids are many and include the following:
When selecting the best fins for kids it is important to consult with the swimming instructor before deciding on a pair. Depending of the focus of the practice (training, perfecting a stroke, greater speed, etc.) the fin selected may vary. Overall, the best fins for beginners are those with a shorter length, but other goals may require specific features.
Surfing fins such as Churchill, Limited Edition and Supers fins are available for the younger crowd. Churchill fins are made of 100% natural gum rubber, which makes for a comfortable fit, all while providing more power. They are ideal for beginners. The Limited Edition fins were created in Australia and are very similar in design to the Churchill fins, with the exception of available colors.
Limited Editions have a wider variety of cool colors to pick from. The Supers Fins, also from Australia, resemble the Churchills but with an added bar from the foot and through the blade, which allows for added power.
Slightly different from surfing fins, the kids swim fins focus on the initial stages. The FINIS Mermaid Swim Fin is a fantastic option for beginners. They are short enough to ensure propulsion without affecting the natural flow of swimming. Adjustable with Velcro and available in pink and blue (shark), they are a great option for younger swimmers.
The FINIS Jr. Floating Fins help increase speed and leg strength due to its length and hydrodynamic blade. It is a great option for all ages. Finally, the FINIS Fishtail Junior Fins provide great comfort for younger children and encourage proper posture for new swimmers.
Regardless of the level of expertise your young one may have, fins are available for him or her. Swim fins are designed to reinforce the goals to be reached including increased speed, ankle and joint flexibility, endurance, strengthening of abdominal muscles and many others.
It is important to speak to the child’s instructor about the recommended set of fins and how they will be used in further developing the desired skills. Comfort and durability are very important when selecting fins for your children.