Never let good enough BE enough
When you begin diving, you might feel overwhelmed at first and get the impression that you need to pay attention to and learn too many things right away. This is just a feeling that will soon pass. As with every new skill, it takes time to master it. Speaking of skills, how good is your kicking? Are you still using the good old flutter kick? Flutter kick was most probably part of one of the very first diving lessons. However later on as you become more experienced, you will understand that what is actually better for you in terms of both propulsion power and reserving energy is the frog kick. Frog kick wasn’t typically used in recreational diving, but was common in cave and wreck diving. The basic movement of the leg is similar to that of breaststroke swimming.
Efficient Frog Kick The best Diving Kick
Cave divers prefer the frog kick because it helps to prevent them from kicking sand or silt in confined spaces. Some divers alternate between the more common flutter kick and frog kick or even use only the latter during a cruise. Frog kick mainly consists of 3 movements.
Once you are underwater, make the upper leg and body maintain as horizontally streamline position as possible. By using the same method as practiced in breaststroke swimming, bend the knees to make 90° angle. Knees and ankles are closed together and the fins should be parallel to the floor. There should be no ankle movement up to this point.
Once the fins are in the proper orientation, twist your ankles outward. Although the ideal movement only involves the ankle, it is hard to keep the knees closed together. Outward rotation of the ankle will make your fins cut through water with their thin edges without any considerable resistance. You may feel a tiny bit of hip rotation, but this is fine. Avoid spreading the knees too far because this does not really contribute to propulsion power. It is a waste of energy since all you need is the power from the kick backward, not outward. Opening the knees too wide can also lead to accidental contacts with marine life.
As you kick backward, water resistance will propel you forward at considerable speed. Kicking motion is followed by putting your feet packed together again to start over with the starting position. An efficient frog kick is made up of slow yet powerful kicks backward. Jerky motion makes you tired too quickly and it does not take you anywhere. When done properly, a single frog kicks motion covers more distance than a flutter kick. A slow steady motion also gives time for your legs to recover over and over again.
It is really not difficult to master the frog kick, there are also plenty of Youtube videos to learn from.
Let us know in the comments how it went or what type of kicking you prefer.
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