Whether you are snorkeling, scuba diving or training. There are dive fins for all your diving needs. I have a few pairs and I have used several kinds. It all depends on how much you want to propel yourself through the water.
This article will help you determine what the best scuba fins are for your needs. Also, some valuable information to help preserve your feet from becoming injured.
Training fins are much different than diving fins. They are shorter in length and you have to kick more to propel you through the water. They are great for training for swimming or for triathletes that swim long distances.
They can be used in both salt, fresh or even pool water. (Just make sure to clean them thoroughly after being exposed to salt or pool water.
As you can see, they do not have long blades. They are short and stubby which works your legs more than long bladed ones. They are fairly cheap as you can pick up a pair on Amazon for $26.45. Just click the picture to buy a pair.
They are used without booties or dive boots. You slip your foot into the fins and dive right into the water.
The downside the these type of fins is that they can easily give you a blister on your feet if they do not fit 100% correctly. I have used these type of slip on fins and gotten blisters on my heel so I tend to shy away from these sorts of fins.
There are also training fins that are specific to swimming in a pool. They are made of foam and all one piece. It sorta looks like a shark fins. They are not to be used while snorkeling or diving. You will end up tiring yourself out very quickly.
Scuba Diving / Snorkeling Fins
These fins are going to be longer than training fins but not as long as deep deep water diving ones. I own about three pairs of fins and they are all different.
This is a pair of classic fins that you would use for scuba diving or snorkeling. You could say that they are a beginners set of fins that do just the basic function.
There are more advanced fins that allows for better propulsion through the water but that will be further down the article.
You can use these fins with booties / boots or you can use them bare-footed. I do not recommend using them bare foot though.
If you would rather use them bare-footed, I highly recommend using some water socks to help prevent blisters. When you get blisters from your fins, it will make life very unpleasant when you are trying to dive or snorkel.
These are my preferred fin. I use mine with a pair or booties / boots. They help propel you through the water and release excess pressure that builds up while kicking down.
In my opinion these are the best fins for scuba diving and snorkeling. You get more propulsion per kick then you do with the solid fins. Do not get me wrong the solid fins are good too, just something more for beginners in my opinion.
These fins cost a little more but they are worth it in my opinion. They move you through the water with ease and are easy to get on and off.
You use these fins with booties / boots for comfort and ease of use. I like using booties / boots anyway cause sometimes you are going to have to walk across a rocky beach to get to the water and you do not want to injure your feet on the way to a dive.
You can find a sort of combination between the split fins and solid fins where there are slanted holes in the fins to release the extra pressure from your kicks.
Deep Water Fins
Deep water diving fins are something that is not really needed unless you are doing just that. The deep water fins are very long and give you a lot of propulsion to help you dive deeper into the water.
Deep water fins also have a lot of flex to them so that they push more water. This gets you to where you want to go quicker and you do not use much effort with them to get deep.
You would really only use these if you are a tech diver doing deep dives beyond 120 feet. Other than that you really would not need something like this for regular scuba diving or snorkeling.
Scuba diving fins are an essential part of your gear. Whether you want to train your legs to get a better kick for swimming or you are just a beginner. Choosing the right fins for you is something that you really need to consider.
I like the split fins for the way that I dive and snorkel but some people are more comfortable with the solid ones.
If you are happy with any one of these fins then more power to you. However, please do not go with the deep diving fins unless that is what you are doing.
So enjoy your dives and make sure you have the right gear for the diving or snorkeling that you are doing. You will be happier in the end and make sure to take care of your feet to avoid blisters.
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