A pair of diving fins is part of the basic equipment for the diver’s motion. So which pair of fins are right for you? Let us guide you.
There are many types of fins, and they are mainly divided into 2 categories: full foot fins which do not require boots and therefore can be put on barefoot, and open heeled fins, which require boots.
Depending on your practice, you will not choose the same fins. Below, I summarize the different options.
These fins are flexible and light. Worn without boots, we rather use them in warm waters, whether diving or snorkeling. A good point is that they cost less than open heeled models.
Their major disadvantage is that they can cause blisters on the feet.
Open heeled fins
Divers will usually opt for open heeled instead. It is mandatory to wear boots with this type of diving fins, which will keep your feet warm if you dive in cold water or allow you to walk before and after shore dives.
They are generally wider, longer and stiffer than full foot fins. It also means that these fins are more powerful, which is an advantage in the open water.
Remember to pack spare straps when traveling, as this is the most fragile part of open heeled fin.
Type of fins
These fins are all-around diving fins. They can have both forms of slipper and are typically used with a flutter kick.
The sails of these fins keep their shape but are flexible enough to propel water and give power and face the current.
Some models can be quite stiff and require more leg strength.
This type of diving fin differs from traditional fins in their design. Instead of having a full wing, they have a cut in the middle that acts like a boat propeller. This design causes the fin to convert more energy for more efficient, effortless propulsion.
Another type of fins is technical diving fins. They are heavier than traditional fins and are therefore mainly used for drysuit diving or technical diving.
They are made from a single piece of a molded piece of rubber, which strengthens them than other types of fins. They are also shorter and stiffer, and more suited to frog kick and provide good propulsion.
Trying diving fins
-Slide your foot into the fin and check that the pocket fits well around your foot.
-Move your foot in the air in all directions to ensure that the fin does not come off the foot.
-Place your foot on the ground and lift your heel while keeping your toes on the ground. If the heel comes off very slightly, but the pocket stays around the foot. It means that the fin fits you.
Open heeled fins
– Put on your booties first to try on the fins.
- Slide your foot in the fin with the boot. The heel should protrude by a few centimeters.
- Move your foot in the air in all directions to see if the strap is in place and the fin does not come off. If so, the fin is the right size.
There are obviously many models with different shapes and colors to suit everyone’s tastes. It is of course essential to feel comfortable in your diving fins.
Contact us if you have questions regarding the fins, we will be happy to reply so you get the most out of your future dives.