The choice of hand paddles is based on two criteria: the skill level and the intensity you want to give to your training.
1. Skill level
Expert Swimmer: The expert level swimmer performs swimming sessions in order to improve fitness and performance. They need equipment for propulsion and muscle strengthening on priority.
Regular Swimmer: An intermediate level swimmer practices swimming for muscular development and seek to improve technique. Their needs, first and foremost, maneuverability and equipment for muscle building.
2. Hand Paddles for Swimming
Hand Paddles are essential to a swimmer's development. They position the hands and increase the pressure in water. The more the muscular effort in the upper body, the easier the glide on water.
Different sizes exist for hand paddles. Some with bigger surface and some with smaller. We don't advise that you work with the biggest plate from the beginning. You could hurt yourself because it will require your upper body to work too fast.
If you're a regular swimmer but haven't ever used paddles, start with sizes or use finger pads then slowly increase the size when you feel more at ease.
Finger Pads are also recommended for breaststroke and butterfly swimmers.
If you're an expert swimmer, we suggest a plate with a very large surface which will help with muscle building