Swimming with a monofin is an exciting step for all mermaids, and will help you to perfect your mermaid swimming technique. Here, we share our top tips for using a monofin, and how you can have the most fun with it.
Putting on your monofin can take a bit of practice, so try not to get frustrated if it takes a few tries to get it in place. Sit down at the side of the water, put your feet into the foot holes, and pull up the ankle cuffs so that your ankles are covered. Your monofin should feel like it’s firmly in place to ensure that it doesn’t slip or fall off while you’re swimming. If you’re wearing a mermaid tail too, put your monofin into the tail and roll the fabric down until you can easily put your feet into the foot holes. Once in place, you can pull the tail up to your waist as normal. Always put your monofin on just before you get into the water as it’s not safe to walk or hop along whilst wearing it, and this could damage your fin too.
To be able to swim with your monofin, you need to master the dolphin kick. This swimming stroke creates a wave motion down your body that propels you through the water.
Looking after your monofin properly means that it will last for a long time, so taking care of it is very important. As mentioned previously, you should not try to walk or hop in your monofin as this can damage it. You should also keep it away from rough surfaces as these can have a bad impact on the fabric. In addition to this, you should always wash your monofin with clean water after use to remove any salt or chlorine, this will ensure that it's in a great condition the next time you want to use it.
Swimming like a mermaid doesn’t have to stop at the dolphin kick, you can have fun experimenting with lots of styles. The same move can be tried on your back or side, or you can try different arm movements - like you would whilst doing the butterfly stroke or front crawl. When you feel confident using your monofin, you can even try out flips, spins, and other tricks, or time yourself to see how fast you can go! You’ll find that performing the dolphin kick in a small, rapid motion will help you to zoom through the water - so why not give it a go?
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