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Question How to train finning


New Member
Nov 5, 2018
Hi all, new to these forums/freediving as a whole and thought this was probably the best place to come with a quick question regarding finning.

Basically, I recently got back from a freediving course in Malta which I absolutely loved and (breath hold/depth wise) went great! However, I have now learnt that I am truly appalling with fins. I haven't really had any prior experience with fins before so I'm not too surprised, but I'm not really sure quite how to train further before looking into any more advanced courses where they would be necessary (I just had to do my beginner course bare-foot).

I kind of got to the level of being able to swim backwards although it was really tough... forwards meanwhile was more of an exercise in vaguely splashing, and my ankles have only just stopped hurting after 2 weeks!

Does anyone have any advice for how to train up whilst living a way from the sea in London?

J Campbell

Well-Known Member
Sep 17, 2001
Annapolis, MD, USA
It takes a few sessions of freedive finning to get your leg muscles up to strength. When finning you use muscles that otherwise would not get such intense workout. I do finning laps as part of my pool practice - flip over on you back and fin on the surface for about 10 minutes ( not underwater and no breath hold). Keep up and a good pace so you get good and tired. After a few sessions of this your legs will be in tune.
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