One question we’re commonly asked is whether you should buy the Lil’ MerFin or the Classic MerFin for your child. In all honestly, it’s not a question we can answer, because we don’t know how confident your child is around water. But we can tell you the benefits of each fin so you can make sure you buy the perfect fin for your little mermaid!
The Classic MerFin by Mahina is the original and the best mermaid fin on the market. It comes in kids and adult sizes, and it’s made from a soft, high performance eco rubber that allows for maximum wear and propulsion through the water. The foot pocket has a firm fit, and for this reason if the user has the correct size it will not slip off the foot.
This makes the Classic MerFin perfect for a number of activities from playing in the pool, to swimming laps, to snorkelling. Swimming with the Classic MerFin is great for fitness and is an excellent core workout and toning exercise. This fin isn’t the type of product you’ll use for one summer; it will keep on keeping on for many years to come.
You should purchase the Classic MerFin if -
- You want a full functional swim fin
- You or your child is a strong swimmer
- You’d like to use the fin for fitness purposes
- You want the best quality product on the market
The Lil’ MerFin on the other hand is more of a pool toy. Whilst your child will still love playing mermaids in the backyard pool, you would not be able to do any high intensity swimming. The foot pocket is much larger on the Lil’ MerFin than the Classic MerFin, and the inclusion of the one size fits all strap means that the fin is much looser on the foot.
This fin was built with safety in mind for younger children who do not yet have the water confidence to swim with the classic fin. If you tried to swim laps with the Lil’ MerFin, the fin would probably fall off before you reached the other end. This was a decision made in the design of this product so the fin would be easier to remove if the swimmer got into trouble.
The Lil’ MerFin is still made from a soft material, but it is a soft plastic rather than a rubber, so it also doesn’t have the same durability as the Classic MerFin, but it also has a much lower entry price. The Lil’ MerFin is considered the “training wheels” to the Classic MerFin, and with this mind some parents prefer to buy the Lil’ MerFin for their child, and once they are confident swimming in a monofin, upgrading to the Classic.
You should purchase the Lil’ MerFin if –
- The fin will mostly be used for play
- You’re concerned about your child’s swimming ability
- It won’t be used for fitness purposes
- You’d like a budget option
As always, our number one concern is safety. Regardless of your child’s swimming experience, they should always be supervised whilst playing in or around water. If you’re an adult, be smart and know your limits.
There are few better gifts you can give than the experience of being able to swim like a mermaid, so I hope this little guide will assist you in getting the right fin to fit the foot. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, we’re always happy to help!