Okay, maybe mermaids are fictional… If you didn’t know any better though you would swear Nadya Vessey was the real thing. Nadya’s longtime wish to become a mermaid came true thanks to New Zealand special-effects company Weta Workshop. Nadya now has a fully functional mermaid tail with an attached suit for when she hits the water. As of now there is no word on whether FINA will approve the tail for competitive use.
Don’t expect to get your hands on your own mermaid tail since Weta Workshop isn’t expected to put them up for sale anytime soon. However, you can get similar training effects with the Finis Monofin. The monofin is a great training device that benefits all swimming strokes and overall aquatic fitness. It is ideal for lengthening the stroke, improving body balance, and core muscle conditioning. Also, the Finis Shooter Monofin provides the same benefits while allowing for a quicker kick pace. Monofins are available at D&J Sports, mermaid suits sold separately.
The fast times that have been produced in the water over the past few years have largely been attributed to the new “technical suits”. There is no questioning these suits have played a role; however, the advancements in training techniques and training equipment are often overlooked. It is natural as the sport progresses and continues to grow that new techniques would be adapted to the water.
One such advancement is the use of a swimmer’s snorkel. It was just a few short years ago that the snorkel was seen as only a companion of recreational swimmers and scuba divers. This is no longer the case as the snorkel is now a staple of many competitive swimming programs. The benefits of this device range from increased lung capacity to improved body position for both junior and senior swimmers alike. The swimmer’s snorkel features a center mount design and is compatable with all goggle styles. Both junior and senior sizes are available along with the Freestyle Swimmer’s Snorkel. No matter what advancements come in the future D&J Sports is committed to providing the best in swimming equipment and gear.