Fun, Playful Design
Kids absolutely love the design of this fin! Shaped just like a mythical mermaid's fin, this Finis model is great for young swimmers. Even children who are more apprehensive of the water find the pool toy hard to resist. And that's what is so great about the Mermaid Monofin. It not only helps propel a child through the water, but it also allows him or her to feel more comfortable and confident while in the pool. And when your child feels more confident in the pool, the more he or she will learn to love and respect the water. As your little swimmer starts to feel more comfortable and begins to advance their stroke, try pairing their new skill level with a set of traditional two-footed fins. Finis also has you and your child covered when he or she is ready for the next level of fins. The durable and powerful Finis Fishtail Fins are made from high-quality rubber and the more economical Finis Kid Finz come in toddler and kid sizes that can adjust to your child's growing feet.
Produces a Balanced Kick
While its fun and colorful design entices kids into the water, it's the fin's monofin design that really helps them learn to be better overall swimmers. The Mermaid Fin teaches a balanced dolphin kick and helps strengthen leg muscles. It's great for splashing around at the local pool and an ideal teaching tool for beginner swim lessons. While even adults love the fun Mermaid design, older or more advanced competitive swimmers might find that Mermaid's design is too juvenile for their training needs. Good thing Finis also manufactures the Wave Monofin. It's styled for more serious youth swimmers and is a step above the Mermaid Monofin design.
Soft Foot Pocket
The TPR Foot Pocket gives the monofin a bit more cushion and comfort. It helps prevent irritation and molds to the shape of your child's foot. The Mermaid Fin also comes with an adjustable neoprene foot strap that adjusts to fit shoe sizes male 1-6 and female 2-7. The quick release foot strap is also an important feature on the fin. Its unique configuration allows for feet to be quickly removed from the fin for safety and security. This is especially important for newer swimmers who might feel 'trapped' in other monofin models.
The AquaGear Opinion
Kids in the AquaGear swim school are always excited when the Finis Mermaid Monofin comes out of the pool toy box. Older swimmers get help evening out their dolphin kick while younger children feel at ease with the fin's propulsion and quick-release foot strap. It's easy to put on and its adjustable heel strap helps to accommodate kids' varying foot sizes. While the Monofin is manageable enough for kids to put on by themselves while seated on the edge of the pool, adults may have to help smaller swimmers. Remember that the Mermaid Fin does not provide enough buoyancy to keep a child afloat and should always be used with adult supervision.
The Bottom Line
The Mermaid Monofin is a fun pool toy that can help your child feel more comfortable in the water.