Looking for the top swim fins for kids? Below is a detailed look at the top swimming fins on the market right now. Read on, and let’s get to swimming!
Swim fins are an excellent tool for swimmers, young and old, to improve leg strength in the water, swim with better technique, and learn how to move through the water more efficiently.
When it comes to swim fins for kids, you want something that is long-lasting, comfortable on your swimmer’s feet, and floaty enough that they promote great body position and more efficient swimming.
Key things to look for include:
🔑 Silicone vs Rubber. Rubber fins tend to float while silicone fins sink. Silicone is also a more durable material and tends to chafe less against the skin during extended use.
🔑 Closed vs Open Heel. Both are relatively easy to get in and out, but open-heeled swim fins promote a little better range of motion with your ankle and feet when kicking.
🔑 Short blade vs Long blade. Short blade fins are better for serious swimmers who want to better imitate the natural tempo and flow of regular swimming. Long blade fins, while they provide superior surface area for more propulsion, slow down kick tempo a lot.
And of course, there are considerations such as price and style to think about.
If you are starting to feel a little overwhelmed, don’t sweat it!
Take advantage of my 30+ years of swimming up and down the pool to make the right choice for your little swimmer.
Below is a breakdown of the best swim fins for kids on the market right now.
FINIS Booster Kids Swim Fins
Available in three different colors, the FINIS Booster Kids Swim Fins are a closed-heel, short-bladed swim fin with a large open hole toe. The fins are long enough to provide buoyancy and encourage better body position in the water.
These fins are made of natural rubber that floats, which means your kiddo’s fins won’t float off into the depth of the pool when they accidentally slide off (after thirty-five years of swimming laps, this still happens to me on occasion!).
These fins also have something I wish more adult-sized fins had—a heel tab that makes it easy to pull the fins on and off.
FINIS Floating Youth Swimming Fins
Another pair of fins for kids by FINIS is a longer-bladed floating fin with a closed heel. Longer bladed fins, with the added surface area, provide more propulsion and encourage those leg muscles to work extra hard.
These FINIS fins are color coded by size, and with FINIS’ rich history in the sport (one of the company’s founders is Olympic gold medalist swimmer Pablo Morales), you know that you are going to get a pair of swim fins that are comfortable and will help your child zip through the water.
As you can guess from the name of the product, the FINIS Floating Swim Fins won’t sink, which is perfect whether you are using them at the pool or swimming and splashing around at the lake.
Speedo Trialon Youth Swim Fins
Nope, that’s not a spelling mistake, these things are called Trialon’s (as opposed to “Triathlon’s”). Designed for extended use in the pool, the fins have soft and curved blades that reduce chafing and blistering on your feet and ankles.
Made with 100% natural rubber that provides a decent amount of flex, helping you generate a ton of propulsion. The Speedo Trialon Youth Swim Fins are color-coded for size, with both adult and youth sizes.
Whether you are looking at powering up your leg strength and endurance, or want fins that will help you swim with a more efficient body position, the Trialon’s are an excellent choice for both beginner and experienced swimmers of all ages.
TYR Stryker Silicone Swim Fins
More experienced swimmers will love the TYR Stryker Silicone Swim Fins. With a short blade, open heel, vibrant colors, and somewhat stiffer silicone construction, your kick will get tested and your swimming will improve as a result.
Silicone is an excellent material for chlorinated environments, whether we are talking about head straps for swimming goggles or in our case in this round-up, swimming fins. Silicone has another advantage over rubber in that it won’t chafe or blister your feet as much as rubber fins will.
The Stryker Swim Fins come in smaller sizes (5-6), have an open heel for maximum ankle range of motion, and the shorter blade more accurately reflects the kick tempo you do when swimming, making it a perfect swim fin for younger competitive swimmers.
Sporti Essential Floating Swim Fins
⭐ Best swim fins for toddlers
Sporti is a low-cost swim brand that makes high-quality stuff for reasonable prices.
The Sporti Essential Floating Youth Swim Fins are a two-toned, all rubber, long-blade swim fin that is soft on the hells, firm enough to provide excellent propulsion, and available in a wide range of toddler, youth and adult sizes.
As you can guess by the name of the swim fins, they float when not in use, and the longer blade helps you to really get the most of each kicking motion in the water.