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    Your actually really young just like my friend and I

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    I'm turning 21 soon but I've been swimming competitively for the last 13 years (and counting). More recently, I've been racing other girls in swimming at the national level for the last 6 years. I'm already qualified to go to nationals again for my 7th year. I've been swimming year-round for a very long time and have even won a bunch of National Championship races. But even I held off on trick training in my monofin for a couple of months. Tricks are hard to pull off. I waited because I wanted to be confident in the movement of my monofin. It's significantly different from normally kicking with your legs together.

    I know I've spoken to you on another thread about what my friends and I have seen at the pool when inexperienced people try on mermaid tails. Please don't attempt anything in a monofin if you can't even do it out of a monofin. They can cause a lot of drag in the pool if you use it improperly. Especially if you're trying to do tricks in them. 98% of that video was me working my abs so I could whip that tail around fast enough to look natural. And even rewatching it now, I see so much technique that I still need to work on.

    Please, please, please, please, please be careful when you train. Train without a monofin before you add one. My friend was lifeguarding when she had to dive in and save a girl because she tried doing a flip in her mermaid tail but got all turned around in the water and couldn't find the surface. I know it sounds ridiculous that someone couldn't do a flip but you'd be surprised how many young adults I've had to teach a flip turn to when I'm coaching. Some people aren't just oriented enough to do one in the water. Please don't do anything fancy until you can do it without a fin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TybeeMermaid View Post
    Please, please, please, please, please be careful when you train. Train without a monofin before you add one. My friend was lifeguarding when she had to dive in and save a girl because she tried doing a flip in her mermaid tail but got all turned around in the water and couldn't find the surface. I know it sounds ridiculous that someone couldn't do a flip but you'd be surprised how many young adults I've had to teach a flip turn to when I'm coaching. Some people aren't just oriented enough to do one in the water. Please don't do anything fancy until you can do it without a fin.
    I second this. Unfortunately, its all too easy to get lost in the water, and people drown because of it. Its happened to me a couple times, and I was lucky to be able to find the surface in time.



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    I incorporated another "trick" into my program lately- underwater dolphin feet-first.
    It looks very neat in an underwater dance routine, like this one:



    0:30, she does the first reverse dolphin.

    Note it's not the same as the "dolphin" and "feet first dolphin" synchro figure, which is a big underwater circle achieved solely by sculling.
    I'm not sure if there's an official word for this technique. I call it reverse dolphinkick, but people often think that's just doing a handstand or something xD
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    Man, I really hope I can get the bubble ring trick down, but I can't even whistle so I'm not confident that I'll ever be able to do it. But I can do a few twists underwater, and I'm getting better at swimming backwards underwater. (without bringing myself to the surface) I'll keep practicing those (see how many twists I can do!) and keep working on bubble rings and bubble hearts. I'm gonna try some the bubble trick advice next time I'm at the pool.

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    Thanks for sharing that video Echidna! That is beautiful and definitely inspires me to work on looking more graceful underwater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Echidna View Post
    I incorporated another "trick" into my program lately- underwater dolphin feet-first.
    It looks very neat in an underwater dance routine, like this one:



    0:30, she does the first reverse dolphin.

    Note it's not the same as the "dolphin" and "feet first dolphin" synchro figure, which is a big underwater circle achieved solely by sculling.
    I'm not sure if there's an official word for this technique. I call it reverse dolphinkick, but people often think that's just doing a handstand or something xD
    Wow! Amazing!

    Does it start feet first? Or do you still work it from your core?
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    It starts from the hips, I think. It's really hard to do and even harder to describe!
    In theory, it's the exact same as normal, just the other way around. I find it very hard though.

    You can cheat a bit by making the curve wider and using back and hips to make the movement a bit more distinct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echidna View Post
    It starts from the hips, I think. It's really hard to do and even harder to describe!
    In theory, it's the exact same as normal, just the other way around. I find it very hard though.

    You can cheat a bit by making the curve wider and using back and hips to make the movement a bit more distinct.
    Hmm... So it starts bum up chest down?

    I'll try with my finis foil, its the only way I'll get propulsion!
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