FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products that maximize fitness potential and technique, has announced the immediate availability of its Agility Paddles – strapless hand paddles that help a swimmer maintain proper fundamental hand placement during all four swim strokes. Modelled to fit a swimmers hand for a natural feel, FINIS Agility Paddles are available now for US$19.99 MSRP.
“The agility paddles really help me focus on perfecting my arm catch during the stroke cycle. Due to the strapless nature of the paddles it’s necessary to maintain positive pressure to keep the paddle from moving off my hand,” said Jason Dunford, 2008 Olympic finalist and current African Record Holder. “Unlike other less technical paddles, these are moulded perfectly to fit the hand. They allow me to maintain a natural feel, meaning I can better practice the mechanics of my stroke.”
The Agility Paddles’ convex design teaches a proper palm positive hand position by encouraging the swimmer to have an early catch. The paddle will only remain in place if the swimmer maintains traction with the water, thus creating more propulsion and maximum efficiency. In addition, the built-in thumb hole creates proper hand placement with the thumb and fingers in the ideal natural position.
Founded in 1993 in Northern California, FINIS was started by John Mix and Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Pablo Morales. The Monofin and the Swimmer’s Snorkel were the first products they developed for the US market. Afterwards, they continued to focus on creating training tools for swimmers and coaches worldwide. FINIS products are currently available in over 65 countries and are used by US and International Olympic teams, elite triathletes and fitness swimmers.
Innovative research and design is FINIS’ highest priority. This has resulted in unique products such as: the Swimmer’s Snorkel, the SwiMP3 that uses bone conduction technology to play music instead of using ear buds, and the Z2 Zoomers fins, which incorporate FINIS’ understanding of swimming musculature, hydrodynamics and engineering.