The “floating swim fins” by Sporti and the similar designed FINIS floating fins
are very common at my swimming pool because the local high school swim team uses them. A couple of years ago, I watched the high school swim team’s training practice and they did most of their drills with these types of floating swim fins.
I’ve got (or had) two “floating swim fins”:
The Aqua Sphere Alpha Fins http://www.swimoutlet.com/p/aqua-sph...rch=SAYT-alpha
and the TYR Burner EBP Floating Fin http://www.swimoutlet.com/p/tyr-burn...ing-fin-22453/
The Aqua Sphere Alpha Fins are really buoyant. Some swimmers think that they’re too buoyant. I liked mine, but the heel strap broke after two years.
I replaced the Alpha Fins with the TYR Burner. Of the two, I much prefer the TYR Burner for everyday swimming. They’re not as buoyant as the Alpa Fins. If you toss the Alpha Fins in the water, they’ll float on top of the water like a cork. The TYR Burner will float slightly below the water.
The “floating” is the buoyancy of the swim fins. If you get tired, you can drag your feet without kicking and your legs will pretty much stay at or near the water surface. They’re like a pull buoy, but with the option to kick.
My swim routine is to start off swimming several slow laps using my swim fins. This gets me warmed up. Since the floating swim fins keep my legs up, it helps reinforce in my mind the position my body needs to be in when I later swim without the fins.
After I warm up, I do swim drills. Like the high school swim team, I find it very helpful to do the drills with swim fins.
I’m mostly a self-taught swimmer, but I did take some lessons. I asked the swim instructor at my pool if I should stop using the swim fins. She told me that if using the swim fins made me more confident, I should continue using them. If using the swim fins meant I would swim more often, I should definitely continue using them. If using the swim fins meant I would do more drills and do them correctly, she insisted I continue using them.
As a self-taught swimmer, in the beginning, I used my floating swim fins at least 80% of the time. As time progressed and I’ve became more confident, my usage of the swim fins has decreased to about 30% and that’s mostly at the beginning of my swim sessions (warm-ups and drills).
That’s my experience with “floating swim fins.” They can become a “crutch” if you let them, but I don’t think my swimming skills would have progressed as far as they have without them. Instead, I would have most likely have gotten so frustrated that I would have abandoned my attempt to learn how to swim.