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Did you know that the scuba Frog Kick is the technical divers’ favorite one? It does not mean they have forgotten the alternative kick. They use this one for specific moments. In this article, we tell you when to use one or the other and teach you how to perform the scuba Frog Kick properly.
There are few things as annoying as doing a group dive and not being able to see anything because your buddies lift all the sediment off the bottom with their flapping. There is a way to avoid this inconvenience, using the diving frog kick
When did divers start to use scuba frog kick?
When divers enter a cave, they often face the problem of sediment. When they use the alternative kick, these deposits, which are on the floor, rise, muddying the water. Lack of visibility can be a big problem in a cave, especially diving through very narrow spaces.
How to perform the diving frog kick?
The scuba Frog Kick follows a similar technique as the breaststroke swimming style. There is just a difference. Diving, it starts with the feet raised above body height. The Diving Frog Kick consists of 3 movements.
It starts with the body in neutral buoyancy. The body and thighs have to be horizontal, the calves perpendicular to the body at a 90° angle, and the fins parallel to the floor.
- The first movement of the scuba frog kick consists of bringing the heels together while keeping the knees bent.
- The second movement is the actual kick. It consists of a strong movement of the muscles (buttocks and femoral biceps). They bring the fins back. Then, the diver’s ankles rotate downward, the flippers drop to the height of the rest of the body, and the knees extend just a little. In this type of kick, only the sole of the fins pushes the water. In contrast, using alternative kick the whole leg moves the water.
- The third movement involves recovering the initial position.
Divers often use a modified diving frog kick. The fundamental difference is that the impulse arc is smaller, as a result diver advances more slowly.
When to Use Scuba Frog Kick or Alternate Kick
By now, you may have guessed that the best time to use the Diving Frog Kick is during dives with slimy bottoms, such as wrecks and caves. In addition to this type of diving, there are also coral reef dives. Remember that touching the reef with an alternate kick can cause irretrievable damage to the hit fragment. So, we could say that the scuba frog kick is more eco-friendly.
On the other hand, the diving frog kick is more energy-efficient than the alternate one. Using this kick, divers need less muscle effort to propel themselves. However, it offers less propulsion than the alternative kick. As we said in the article 10 Scuba Tech Tips to Improve Your Diving Air Consumption, decreasing energy expenditure is important to save air. This is another reason to explain why the scuba frog kick is so popular.
When we need to advance faster. For example, overcoming a current. We advise using the alternative kick.
In summary, speaking in terms of propulsion power and energy reserve, the diving frog kick is a great option. However, every good diver should be able to alternate these and other kicks to optimize their performance. Do you have any questions about the scuba frog kick? Contact us.