The Different Kicks You Need as a Diver

Mastering various kicks is essential for any diver. These kicks are used not only in technical or cave diving, but also in recreational diving. We can divide the six kicks into three categories: power, precision, and positioning. Before mastering these kicks, it’s essential to have good buoyancy control and horizontal trim, as they significantly affect the efficiency and effectiveness of kicks. In this article, we’ll look at each of these kicks and their use in diving.

1. Power Kicks (Great for Covering Long Distances)

Frog Kick:
This kick involves kicking both legs simultaneously in a horizontal trim, with the feet facing outward and the knees bent at a 90-degree angle. It’s useful for covering long distances underwater and situations where power is required, such as swimming against a current.

Frog Kick

Flutter Kick:
This technique involves kicking using a scissor-like motion, alternating the legs in a forward-backward motion. It’s fast and powerful, making it useful for covering more distance quickly or swimming against a current.

Flutter Kick

2. Precision Kicks (Great for Delicate Environments)

Modified Frog Kick:
This kick is similar to the frog kick, but with less power. It provides excellent propulsion and maneuverability in confined spaces such as caves and wrecks and open water in delicate environments.

Modified Flutter Kick:
This variation of the flutter kick has much less power. It also provides excellent propulsion and maneuverability in confined spaces such as caves and wrecks and delicate environments.

3. Positioning Kicks (Great for Team Awareness and Positioning)

Back Kick:
This technique involves kicking the fins backward, propelling the diver in a reverse direction. It’s useful for maneuvering in tight spaces, reversing away from an object, or maintaining position while facing the opposite direction. It’s also great for maintaining positioning in a team format, especially during ascents and descents, which will increase your awareness.

Helicopter Turn:
This technique involves using a combination of kicks to turn the body around in a tight circle while maintaining horizontal trim. It’s useful for navigating in confined spaces and open water environments. Like the back kick, it’s used a lot to maintain positioning in a team format throughout the dive and especially during ascents and descents, which will increase your awareness.

In conclusion, mastering these kicks taught in the GUE Fundamentals and GUE Recreational Diver Level 2 courses is essential for any diver. Each kick has its specific use in diving, and understanding and perfecting them will improve a diver’s overall skill and enjoyment of the sport. Whether diving in confined spaces, open water environments, or swimming against a current, maintaining neutral buoyancy and horizontal trim is key and will allow your propulsion to be more effective and efficient.

If you want to learn more about these kicks in Toronto, Ontario, you can consider pursuing the GUE Fundamentals and GUE Recreational Diver Level 1 courses. These courses provide divers with the skills and knowledge necessary to become safer and more proficient divers. By taking these courses, divers can improve their skills and confidence in the water and enhance their overall diving experience.

Alain EID

GUE Instructor

Alain began his diving journey in 2010 and is now a highly qualified instructor, certified by GUE (Global Underwater Explorers) in both Fundamentals and Recreational diving. He has been teaching with GUE since 2018 and is experienced in Cave, CCR, and Technical diving. Alain finds great joy in sharing his knowledge and passion for diving through transformative courses that empower divers to reach their full potential.

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