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Swim Paddles

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Aqua Sphere ERGO Flex Hand Paddles

Aqua Sphere ERGO Flex Hand Paddles
Aqua Sphere ERGO Flex hand paddles The "Bones" or rigid areas under the handprint provide structure, while rubber frame allows flexibility and a feel for the water Contoured fit supports proper hand positioning The Rubber frame makes the paddles safe to use when sharing the lane... Continue Reading
$21.55


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Finis Fulcrum Paddles

Finis Fulcrum Paddles
The Finis Fulcrum Paddles were designed to help build upper body strength and increase overall stroke speed, without putting unnecessary stress on the shoulder. Builds Upper Body Strength The Finis Fulcrum Paddles are one of the best devices you can use in the water to develop and enhance... Continue Reading
$15.54


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Aqua Sphere Vortex V8 Swim Paddles

Aqua Sphere Vortex V8 Swim Paddles
Ideal for training sessions, the Aqua Sphere Vortex V8 Hand Paddles help build upper body strength and improve overall stroke form. High Resistance Level The Vortex V8 Paddles are unlike other hand paddles. Between their contoured fit, custom silicone tubing, and anti-wobble rib channels, this... Continue Reading
$17.01


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Finis Agility Paddles

Finis Agility Paddles
The Finis Agility Water Paddles are ideal for those looking to develop their stroke technique. Their unique shape helps teach swimmers the correct palm position for every stroke by relying on the positive pressure of the palm throughout the stroke to keep it in place. Simple, Yet Versatile... Continue Reading
$19.95


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Finis Freestyler Hand Paddle Replacement Tubing

Finis Freestyler Hand Paddle Replacement Tubing
Finis Freestyler Hand Paddle Replacement tubing. This set will replace the tubing for 1 pair of Freestyler Hand Paddles Continue Reading
$3.19


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Finis Forearm Fulcrum

Finis Forearm Fulcrum
The uniquely styled Finis Forearm Fulcrum allows freestylers to achieve better vertical arm entry and increase their stroke's efficiency. Improves Early Vertical Forearm Entry Early Vertical Forearm, or EVF, is an essential component of a successful freestyle stroke. Keeping your elbow high and... Continue Reading
$20.47


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Finis Freestyler Swim Paddles

Finis Freestyler Swim Paddles
The Finis Freestyler Hand Paddles are swim paddle designed specifically to train and improve the technique of the freestyle stroke, and are not designed for resistance and strength training. Designed for Freestyle Armstroke Improvement These hand paddles were designed specifically for the... Continue Reading
$16.15


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Finis Freestyler Jr

Finis Freestyler Jr
A Junior version of the Freestyler designed for anyone with smaller hands, but acts as a tremendous teaching tool for children, as young as 5 or 6 years old. The Jr. Freestyler teaches children to control their hand motion like a hydroplane, instead of a digging instrument. It is the digging or... Continue Reading
$14.57


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Speedo Biofuse Finger Paddles

Speedo Biofuse Finger Paddles
Biofuse Technology Speedo has come up with yet another way to incorporate cutting edge design into its swim gear. The Speedo Finger Paddles Biofuse technology allows for a more organic-feeling flex and increased feel for the water. This is due, in part, to the hand paddles' softer edges. These... Continue Reading
$17.23


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Han's Paddles Original

Han's Paddles Original
These are the Original Han's Paddles, the first paddle design from renowned swimming coach Dick Hannula. Their basic "holed paddle" design enables them to be used with all four competitive strokes. They are the most versatile swim paddles available. 'Feel' the Water; Reach Your... Continue Reading
$10.75


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Han's Paddles "Gripper" Swim Paddles

Han's Paddles "Gripper" Swim Paddles
The tread side of Gripper assists the swimmer in "holding" enough water to recognize and feel the body being pushed past the arm. This is essential in developing maximum distance per stroke. The size and shape of the Gripper also makes that paddle very effective in learning the timing and... Continue Reading
$11.83


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Speedo I.M. Tech Paddles

Speedo I.M. Tech Paddles
While many training paddles only work with a specific arm stroke, the Speedo I.M. Tech Paddles were thoughtfully designed to work with all four competitive strokes. Their unique form allows swimmers to work on their catch, pull, and overall feel for upper body movement in the freestyle, backstroke,... Continue Reading
$19.95


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Finis PT Paddles

Finis PT Paddles
Taking "fist-swimming" to a whole new level, the Finis PT Paddles are the perfect training tool for the serious swimmer. PT - standing for "Perfect Technique" - is achieved by literally taking the swimmer's hands out of the equation. The unique curved shape of the PT hand... Continue Reading
$29.11


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Swim Paddles

How Swim Paddles Work

On the most basic level, swim paddles add surface area to the hands, which increases resistance against the upper body. Paddles slip onto the hand and are typically held in place by an elastic, adjustable rubber tubing, although there are some strapless paddles that rely on correct form to stay put.

Essentially, a solid or holed slice of plastic covers the surface of the palm and allows swimmers to displace a higher amount of water as they pull. This added resistance targets the shoulders, back, and lats - demanding a higher workload from the upper body. Incorporating swim paddles into your practice results in increased muscle mass, improved stroke efficiency, and can even help fine-tune stroke mechanics.

Upper Body Conditioning

Paddles are great for building in-water strength. While working muscles out on dry-land is important (and necessary for maintaining bone density), nothing beats the swim-specific strength building that water-based training tools can deliver. And oftentimes, dry-land exercises - even those that work the same muscle groups as swimming - often have little correlation to in-water strength and speed.

Besides being an upper body conditioning powerhouse, some varieties of swim paddles help swimmers uncover flaws in their stroke. Technique paddles and finger paddles can help advanced swimmers with vertical forearm entry, hand positioning, and even breaststroke catch. They help improve the mechanics of a stroke so that your muscles memorize the correct positioning and you'll continue the good habits when swimming without the paddles.

Traditional Paddles

Traditional swim paddles are the most common style that you've probably seen around your local lap pool. They typically feature a solid plastic surface, either with or without perforations, that attaches to the hand with rubber tubing. Paddles such as the Finis Fulcrum Paddles and the Original Han's Paddles are perfect examples of traditional swim paddle designs. These types of hand paddles help build strength, promote proper form, and are suitable for swimmers of all levels.

Freestyle Paddles

These types of paddles - like the Finis Freestyler Paddles, for example - were specifically designed to help improve freestyle arm entry and catch. They help encourage a high elbow, good extension, early catch, and proper hand positioning. These paddles are ideal for anyone looking to improve the mechanics and speed of their freestyle stroke.

Technique Paddles

These specially designed devices aid your stroke in a number of different ways. The Finis Agility Paddles, for instance, don't come with straps and only stay on the hand when positioned correctly. This instant feedback helps you quickly correct hand and arm positioning for an always-perfect catch. Another widely-used paddle is the fist paddle, such as the Finis PT Paddles. Mimicking the 'fist swimming drill', these paddles take your palms out of your stroke. They too promote proper arm entry and can even assist with hip rotation.

Finger Paddles

Rather than covering the entire palm surface, finger paddles, as their name implies, cover only the fingers. These diminutive paddles are ideal for sculling drills and work well with the breaststroke and butterfly.

Forearm Fulcrums

Although not technically a "hand" paddle, forearm fulcrums teach early vertical forearm entry just as effectively as traditional paddles. Fulcrums slide over the forearm and rest on near the wrist and along the upper forearm. They are perfect for refining any stroke, increasing efficiency, and promoting proper hand, wrist, and forearm positioning.

Paddle Size: Avoid Shoulder Strain

Proper sizing is essential for swim paddle performance. A too-big paddle puts excessive strain on the upper body and can lead to strained shoulder, neck, and back muscles. Experts recommend choosing a swim paddle that increases your hand's surface by about 10%. Thankfully, most swim paddles come in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from junior sizes to extra large, in order to accommodate each and every swimmer.

If you're serious about taking your stroke speed, form and strength to the next level, then let us supplement your training with the perfect pair of swim paddles!