Finswimming

Finswimming is the progression with monofin or with two fins either on the surface or underwater, by means of the swimmers' muscular force only and without use of any mechanism, not even muscle powered. For underwater disciplines with breathing euipment, only compressed-air sub-aqua equipment is allowed.

  • 1933: Captain Corlieu developed the first rubber fin.
  • 1958: The first  Soviet-Union Competition
  • 1967: The first European Championship of Subaquatics Technical with Finswimming and Orienteering in Angera, Italy
  • 1969: The first independent European Finswimming Championship in Locarno, Switzerland
  • 1972:  Monofin
  • 1976: The first World Championships in Hanover (Germany)
  • 1981: The first  World Games in Santa Clara (USA)
  • 1984: The first European Junior Championship in Stockholm (Sweden) and the first Latin Cup in Mexico ( Mexique )
  • 1987: The first Long Distance European Championship  in Uithoorn (Holland) and the first CMAS Games in Bari
  • 1988: The first World Long Distance Championship in Paris (France)
  • 1989: The first World Junior Championship in Dunaújváros (Hungary)
  • 2007: Bi Fin events with homologated fins
  • In August 2012: Pavel Kabanov (Russia) established a new World Record in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) on 50 m Ap in 13"98. For the first time one swimmer swam under 14" on 50 m. It's the fastest speed  in Finswimming, 12.88 Km/h

The participants of the first all-Soviet Union Competition in July 1958The participants of the first all-Soviet Union Competition in July 1958

 

The start of Finswimming raceThe start of Finswimming race

 
IOC approves finswimming as an Olympic SportIOC approves finswimming as an Olympic Sport