fin swimming is at present most elegant and fastest possibility from own Kraft in the water to be moved. The so-called mono fin helps. It is a large fin on both feet the stop finds. With dolphin-similar movements top speed of over 3 m/s are reached (25 meters in under 10 seconds). Since 2006 are designated this sport for medium-more effective reason officially than Finswimming.
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The large sheet of the mono fin consists of fiber glass. On it the trailers are attached, in which the sportsman is its feet. These fins are manufactured in the Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, France and Italy. Those to most used fins come from Kiev (Ukraine) and Russia. In the last years the fins developed themselves further strongly. If the fin consisted in former times only of the fin sheet and the trailers of rubber, then the fin sheet additionally still is with the new fins at the top margins with neoprene and a rubber layer encases, which supports the float with striking the fin. This type of fin is called Android, designated after its inventor or first manufacturer Andronov from Smolensk which already longer time in the orientation dipping to the employment comes. Further names of different manufacturers are Skorjenko/Wing (Russia), ChenBin (China), hyper (Estonia) and Gipper (Ukraine).
With the surface distances over the central snorkel one breathes. In contrast to the “normal” snorkel, how one knows him from dipping, this runs directly not at the side of the head, but before the nose. Around a streamline form to reach it is easily to the rear curved.
In order to see in the water also something, one uses a mask. This consists of plastic and offers both eyes and nose protection from the water. Whereby prominent coaches of the use of a mask advise against and however normal swimming eyeglasses are used.
To a standard match program 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 as well as 1500 meters of telex belong. Telex stands here for fin swimming and means that the distances at the water surface with the help of the Mitelschnorchels are swum. Further there are 50 sp (sp = distance dipping) with that the sportsman with stopped breath (see: Apnoetauchen) under the water surface swims and 100, 400, 800 pc. Here the sportsman uses a Druckluftflasche, exactly the same as when classical dipping, only with the difference that he moves over and in the sizes of 0,5 to 7 litres of use finds her with stretched arms before itself. Since end of 2005 those as DTG designated distances under the abbreviation sp are likewise swum before.
Long-distance matches take place in free waters. Here the ladies between 3 and 6 kilometers and the gentlemen swim between 5 and 8 kilometers. Besides there are still excessive distances like for example 20 kilometers.
With all matches there are also relay matches. In each case 4 sportsmen swim one behind the other a certain distance. So for example 4x100 telex or 4x200 telex.
Matches take place on all levels. So for example national championships, land cups - here the individual Lands of the Federal Republic step against each other on, north and South German championships, as well as German championships for children, young people and open. On international level the high points are the CMAS - Trophy (European Cup of the associations), as well as Europe and world championships.
Fin-swim is olympic recognition, however not in the olympic program intended. To the season high points the World Games belongs.
a highest goal with the swimming technology is to be been always streamlined. In order to reach this, the sportsman tries to stretch its whole body. The arms are stretched forward and the palms are put one on the other. Further the arms on the head are put down. The course of motion is a complete body movement. The body carries out a wavelike movement, whereby the amplitude of this wave is quite small in the torso and becomes larger to the fussspitzen. The movement can best be compared with some Delfins.