Swimming Tip: Why Use a Snorkel in Practice

FINIS’ yellow Snorkel has become increasingly more present on pool decks. The center-mount #originalsnorkel has been used for over a decade by some of the fastest swimmers on the planet such as Olympic gold-medalist, Anthony Ervin. And what makes this product such a staple for athletes of all ability? Why is removing the need for oxygen such a benefit to swimmers?

The answer is balance. Allowing the head to fall into a neutral position in the water will encourage the athlete to become more relaxed and to focus on other aspects of the stroke. Younger swimmers would otherwise contort their bodies out of alignment to grab a breath, while more experienced athletes benefit from the ability to “see” their catch and from the added hypoxic value during a swimming workout.

The Swimmer’s Snorkel is now available in FINIS Yellow and in Pink. The Jr Snorkel uses the same head bracket with a slightly shorter tube, and the Youth Snorkel includes a smaller mouth piece and a comfortable strap to secure the Snorkel in place.

Courtesy of FINIS, a swimswam partner.

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I agree with the fact that it helps you focus on technique…I finally stepped in to the 21st century a couple of months ago when I picked up one of these snorkels. However, I do have to wear a nose plug with the snorkel…and since I am not accustomed to a nose plug I have problems with it falling off on flip turns. So I use the snorkel when I am doing sets of 25s and better yet, with my new bungee for stationary swimming.

Brian Cunningham

I use these all the time when I am rehabilitating swimmers with shoulder pain and tendinitis. By using the snorkel it helps eliminate excessive put on the shoulder during breathing. Many swimmers let the hand sweep out wide while breathing making the rotator cuff work overtime.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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