For the Pull Drills, we recommend that you don't use paddles if your swim experience is limited and you haven't used them before. Swimming without paddles can help you focus on "feeling" for the water with a strong pull and less stress on the shoulder joint.
Experienced swimmers with established proper technique can use paddles to build swim strength without the risk of shoulder injuries and fatigue. Be sure that you feel ready for the main set of swimming that follows.
You may benefit from a pair of fins to help keep you buoyant while you're practising the swim technique drills. Have in mind not to become reliant on any "swim toys" that you use.
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