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Backwards Kick

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Zef, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    There is recent discussion in a SB thread about some exercises portrayed in some videos. One of the things mentioned was the backwards kick.

    Here are a couple of videos that helped me tremendously in figuring out and refining the backwards kick:

    I hope someone finds them useful in developing their personal skill repertoire.

    Kupu, laikabear, lowviz and 15 others like this.
  2. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: London
    This is an amazing video, if only I had this last year.

    By the way, I find it more natural to slightly move the knees outwards so I can put the fins more in a V position. I don’t think it’s a very big movement but it makes my back kick much more powerful: it’s possible that I am compensating for a lack of flexibility.

    Is it really bad to move the knees a bit outward when bringing the fins together ?
  3. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    I think it only matters that it works for you. I don't think there is a specific codified way the kick "needs" to be performed. If you find that moving your knees outward helps make the kick more effective/powerful for you then keep doing it.

    cathal and BlueTrin like this.
  4. Ayisha

    Ayisha DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    Wow, in the first video of backkicking, the diver can articulate his ankles really well. That's challenging u/w.

    The second video is a little less polished, and he's missing the glide phase of the backkick. So he's working harder and has a less powerful kick.

    I can vouch for my UTD Precision Neutral fins that are featured in both videos. I absolutely love them! :)
  5. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Italy
    Thanks for sharing
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    subscribing to bookmark this for later...
  7. divad

    divad Solo Diver

    I also love them, not "UTD" but identical brother from the same Taiwanese mold. I also have Power Fins, Jets, and Hollis F1s. The Jets are too "blocky", and the F1s are too flippy-floppy. I can't find one of my Power fins, but the UTD/Poseiden/HOG/etc. ones are, by far, the easiest to manipulate and feel where they are in the water. I prefer the Power-Fins with bulky fleece in winter.
  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    When I get home, I’ll go through my notes from my ITT class with @abnfrog /Steve Simpson in August. He talked about back kick (and frog) during our classroom time, then he has us (@lowviz took it with me) on our bellies on a table to get muscle memory down before we got in the water.

    Steve broke back kick down into four parts. After seeing me try it on the table once, he had me position my legs a bit differently due to the sciatica in my one hip, as my range of motion was not as good as it would have otherwise been.
  9. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: London
    There’s a ‘shortcut/link’ called Watch Thread somewhere on the top right.

    you can use it to follow a thread without replying. Only mentioning because I didn’t know until recently myself.
  10. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
    Same thing, though. V, 90, Power, Reset. I find Steve's 'mental notes' easier to remember. Just me, YMMV.

    What I did get from the first vid was the unconscious tendency to drop one's head while thinking about the back kick. I do that! That tip was the last piece of the puzzle for me.
    Dark Wolf and Marie13 like this.

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