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Freediving with an amputated leg

Discussion in 'Beginner Freediving Q&A' started by Mareanic, May 7, 2018.

  1. Mareanic

    Mareanic New Member

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    My left leg is amputated above a knee so I'm able to use only the right leg for finning. Is it possible to do snorkelling and start recreational freedive training (DYN) with only one leg, or would you say it’s only going to be a waste of time? What type of fin would be the best option considering the fact that I’m able to use only one leg?
     
  2. Mark Jeffery

    Mark Jeffery Well-Known Member

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    I have no experience with leg amputation - but maybe you can do a sort of dolphin kick - kind of like diving with a mono-fin. I'm thinking you probably need a custom fin that compensates for the asymmetry - maybe a lobe to one side that balances the unbalanced force from your kick .
     
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  3. Mark Jeffery

    Mark Jeffery Well-Known Member

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    Deeperblue member REVAN designs and manufactures novel fins.
     
  4. Mareanic

    Mareanic New Member

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    I was wondering that too, I don’t know how difficult it would be to keep a straight line while making dolphin kick. But the idea of having some kind of custom fin sounds interesting.
     
  5. Mark Jeffery

    Mark Jeffery Well-Known Member

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    If you are the type who likes to experiment and build things maybe you could get a single fiberglass bi-fin and then reshape it - add some more fiberglas here - cut some away there, etc. Maybe just "rotating" the blade one way or the other in relation to the foot pocket would help.
     
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  6. Bill McIntyre

    Bill McIntyre San Clemente, CA Staff Member Supporter Forum Mentor

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    I have a friend who is a very successful freedive spearfisherman with one leg. He has taken fish including big bluefin tuna. He just uses one regular fin with no modifications.

    He makes a living as a salvage diver on scuba.
     
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  7. Mareanic

    Mareanic New Member

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    That would be one option if any regular fin doesn’t feel right. And it’s nice to have the other bi-fin as a spare fin for comparing two different modifications.
     
  8. Mareanic

    Mareanic New Member

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    Cool, it’s nice to hear that diving is still possible despite of the fact that other foot is amputated. And it would be great if a single regular fin would do the trick. I guess soft fin blade would be the best option for a beginner?
     
  9. subunit

    subunit Active Member

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    ..take a look at del wren . a former champion-spearfisherman, who also lost one leg at young age.
    this may not help you much to choose the right fin, but you may find it an inspirational piece of history.
    ..intresting article with some subcategories on the bottom to klick..
    http://skindivinghistory.com/pioneers_fathers/pioneers/del_wren/index.html
    ..and this great video from the past, with del wren commenting on it himself....
     
  10. Mareanic

    Mareanic New Member

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    Thanks for sharing this article, very interesting and great piece of diving history.
     
  11. Jellythings

    Jellythings Supporter Supporter

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    YES!!!! One leg is 1/2 the power of two, but you can one-leg-single-fin all day long for pleasure. Just never compare yourself to bipeds and you'll find happiness. Above the knee is tough, but a prosthetics place like Hangar or ??? could figure something out if you need as quite a bit of power can come from the hip. I can be happy all day long just using a weighted or anchored line and going up and down that using my hands and no feet. You have options!