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A standard EVA foam kickboard

Swimming boards (often referred to as kickboards) are a flotation aid used to develop a swimmer's kicking action. They can be used on all strokes but are primarily used on Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke.

Swimmers of all ability can use them. Young swimmers can develop their kicking action while elite swimmers can refine their kick. They are also used to strengthen a swimmers legs.[1]


Kickboards are usually made from EVA foam. Some are made of more durable HDPE. The EVA foam boards can break easily and become very worn after long use.


There are some variations of kickboards from the traditional form with two hand grips. Some can be used as a kickboard and a pull buoy. These are often oddly shaped so they can be used for both of the training aspects. [2]



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