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In praise of the humble Frog Kick

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John Hauxwell
PADI - Open Water Scuba Instructor

If you watch most experienced divers, they nearly all use a frog kick. Why? Well let’s have a think…

The flutter kick is easy to learn and master, yet it remains inherently an inefficient kicking style. The kick itself being vertically orientated propels water above and below the diver, which does not contribute to forward motion and wastes energy. The downwards propulsion of water also disturbs sand and other bottom sediment, leading to a reduction in visibility and of course is intrusive to marine species and may cause damage to the environment.

This, as we know from our training, isn’t a good idea.

The frog kick is easy to learn with proper instruction. There are many benefits to frog kicking. Some include:

1. The kick propels water only directly behind you - not above or below, thus it is a very efficient directional kick.

2. The frog kick does not rock you from side to side, it helps to maintain your equilibrium and trim.

3. There is less stress on your legs, knees and ankles than with other finning techniques. Less stress requires less effort and is therefore more air and energy-efficient.

4. As water is not propelled downwards the bottom sediment is not stirred up. This is great for all dives, and essential at dive sites with silty floors such as wrecks and cavern dive sites.

The best part of the frog kick is the glide.

The best part of the frog kick is the glide. This is a tranquil step and the easy forward movement feels amazing! Fins together, naturally streamlined and relaxed, this is a great way to hold your trim too!

The most useful thing about the frog kick is simply this; reverse your kick and you will go backwards! This means you can easily stop and hold position in the water.

Use your fins like a helicopter and you will pivot turn around your centre of mass. Use your fins like alerions and rotors and you can go sideways (strafe) whilst still looking forward!

The frog kick allows you far more control in the hover and is especially useful if you’re engaged in photography. If you are planning on side mount, technical, wreck or cave diving it is a must! Even as an occasional recreational diver mastering the frog kick will change the way you dive forever.

All in all the frog kick kicks the flutter kicks butt!

Should you wish to learn more about improving your style in the water, fin technique, buoyancy and trim, please contact us to arrange a Fin and Trim session or a PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course and we will be glad to help you! Please contact us via social media or by telephone on +20 100 051 5039.

John Hauxwell
PADI - Open Water Scuba Instructor

About author

I am always well prepared and organised in my teaching, following standards and make certain they are communicated and adhered to by my students. Being patient is vital. Learning should be open, fun and entertaining — to encourage engagement, memory and mastery — so I always assess my students’ capability and capacity for learning and temper my training style to their needs. Diligent, punctual, hardworking and focussed on results — whilst...

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