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Backwards Kick

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

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I tried the Hog Tech 2 fin, but the blade was just too short for the surface swims I end up doing at the quarry. No propulsion. They definitely wouldn’t work on the big lake.
     
  2. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I knew that I would be called on this. :)
    See Pic. Jet, old DR, new(est?) DR.

    Old DR (seems to me) tried to be a neutral Jet with a much smaller sidewall. New DR is 'comfortable' and I can do a back kick with it if I have to. If I spent all my time back-kicking then I would want a dramatically different fin. Jets wouldn't even do it, need massive sidewalls. Oh, and notice the curves on the three fins.

    So, for me, the new DR's are a good compromise...

    3Fins.jpg

    (Ignore green brush, Closest thing at hand to stabilise the fins. Two goldens shedding their summer coats...)
     
  3. AustinV

    AustinV Barracuda

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    These will be great to watch later, doing my Intro Tech right now and back kick giving me trouble. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. AustinV

    AustinV Barracuda

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    If you get a chance, do try the Dive Rite XTs. I started using them for dives with longer swims (both at surface and at depth) - plenty of power. Now my favorite fin.
     
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  5. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    slow and easy. Just do what your instructor says to do. Once you kind of 'get it' then it is easy and natural to optimize the back kick.

    Stay in trim, the rest will fall into place...
     
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  6. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    stay out the water on land practicing till you build some muscle memory it will save time in the long run
     
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  7. Ayisha

    Ayisha DIR Practitioner

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    I see the length isn't much longer and the curves are about the same. The sidewall is very important, but you already have these fins, so it doesn't really matter. Personally, I searched over time for the right fin for me that doesn't have any limitations for my diving in regard to your "I can do a back kick with it if I have to".

    If you had to spend a lot of time back kicking, you would not need bigger sidewalls than the jetfins. Your legs and ankles might not love it because no one's feet are shaped like a square jetfin foot pocket, but the sidewalls are great.

    I have had to spend a lot of time back kicking in current when I was not the smartest one to choose my position first when doing skills - back when I didn't know we could both be facing the current or I was the 3rd one out of luck having to back kick. Last month, I actually spent most of a couple of dives back kicking across from Fundies students to hold position and it was pretty much like any other kick. If I was wearing my old jetfins, I would have been "dying" fairly quickly, but I had no issues whatsoever back kicking with my Precision fins for much of 1.5 hours per dive.

    Practice and having all the necessary components (trim, buoyancy, mechanics, backwards propulsion) fall into place are just as or more important than using the most ideal fins. Using conducive fins just makes it easier, more comfortable, and requires a lot less effort.
     
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  8. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin DIR Practitioner

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    There is a version of the spring attachment that has a rubber bit with a hole so you can grip easily to it, I’ll take a picture of it and post it.

    If you are flexible, I find it easier to sit down and put my feet over my other knee to put the fin rather than doing it standing up.
     

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