The present invention is a swim aid consisting of a paddle blade having a hand side and an opposite water side, a proximal end, a distal end opposite the proximal end and having a distal edge and opposite first and second lateral ends. Finger apertures are formed along the distal end of the blade and separated from the distal edge by a fingertip portion, the apertures being separated from each other by inter-digital portions. The paddle includes a wrist portion formed on the proximal end of the blade, the wrist portion having a wrist strap, and a palm portion formed on the blade between the apertures and the wrist portion, the palm portion forming a concave surface on the waterside of the blade. A thumb notch is formed on the first lateral end of the blade. The paddle further includes a first and second flange portion formed on the first and second lateral ends, respectively, the flange portions being swept back from the water side of the blade towards the hand side of the blade, the first flange portion extending from the notch to the wrist portion, the second flange portion extending along the second lateral end from the wrist portion to the apertures. The inter-digital portions are swept back from the waterside of the blade towards the hand side of the blade and the fingertip portion is swept forward towards the waterside of the blade relative to the inter-digital portions sufficiently to permit the users' fingers to extend fully through the apertures when the paddle is worn.