Disabled people with different disabilities including: motor control problems, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, neuropathy, stroke complications, below-knee amputees, above-knee amputees, bilateral amputees etc.
They find shinfin™ fins invaluable for teaching them to swim, building muscle tone, regaining movement control, rehabilitation etc. They get more fun from swimming and other water activities, and more health benefits too. We get excellent feedback.
Are you are looking for comfortable swimming fins to help with your disability? Are you interested in streamlined fins that gently guide you into a good streamlined kick – fins that are good at teaching you to swim better? Would you like fins that attach to your leg stump, either below your knee or above your knee? Are you disabled in another way, not mentioned here? Would you like to learn more and perhaps discuss the benefits of shinfin™ fins with me? If any of this is true, then this page is for you. I offer you the evolutionary benefits of shinfin™ fins for disabled swimming – helping you to swim more streamlined and faster with your disability, so you have more fun in the water.
The shinfin™ benefits for the many water activities described on this website generally apply to swimmers with disabilities too of course. In addition, I am happy to offer you specific extra guidance to help you get the best from your shinfin™ fins.
Here are a few general points:
~ If you have difficulty controlling leg movements (e.g. due to Cerebral Palsy), the shinfin™ natural flexibility and flex will guide you to a more streamlined kick for freestyle, backstroke and fly. The fins are specifically designed to encourage a streamlined kick. They guide your muscles to achieve a natural rhythmic movement. Their ability to help overcome difficulties with movement control is very impressive.
~ If either or both feet are amputated, the fins will help lift your legs to a horizontal swimming position and encourage a natural, powerful, streamlined kick.
~ If you have at least 20cm (8″) of leg length below the knee, they should strap around your leg without modification.
~ If the amputation is higher, you will probably need to trim the top of the fins with scissors, to reduce water drag at the leading edge. This is fairly easy and I am happy to give you guidance, or do it for you.
~ If one or both legs are amputated above the knee, then the fins can be strapped to the back or front of your thigh. If the distance around your limb where you wish to strap the fins, is greater than about 40cm (16″), then you may need longer fin straps (which can be provided on request).