Tactical Fitness with Stew Smith: Fins and Booties in BUD/S?


Stew –

I have a few questions about diving fins, booties, and the best way to swim using them. I bought dive boots and dive socks to wear with my fins. Is this how they do it at BUD/S? The boots made it much harder for me to get a good kick. With just the sock I was much better and swam 45 seconds per 50m. Will I be allowed to wear just the sock and no boot at BUD/S? Also, is it better to use constant flutter kicks or big scissor kicks or dolphin kicks? 

You wear booties at BUD/S. I had one with a sole to it which helped a lot since you walk around in them during dive phase, often while carrying a lot of heavy gear. But there were some candidates that chose to wear the socks with a thinner sole. This helps if you have a foot that's smaller or bigger than the well in the fin.

I do constant flutter kicks on my weak side, and in between I do big scissor kicks and little flutter kicks on my strong side.

Stew Smith works as a presenter / editorial board with the Tactical Strength and Conditioning program of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  There are also over 800 articles on Military.com Fitness Forum focusing on a variety of fitness, nutritional, and tactical issues military members face throughout their career.

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