Part of the basic
or diving flippers allow you to
move through the
water efficiently and are
composed of a foot pocket and blades which provide thrust to
Churchill popularize the first widely used scuba fins
late 1930s, they were to small and not too good for
50 years later they remain popular with
body-boarders and surfers. Today's
fins are longer and manufactures concentrate on power,
flexibility and innovation.
When buying Diving Fins
# 1: You must know how strong
your leg muscles are,
because if your muscles aren't that strong or you don't dive or
hard and long blades on fins can make your dive uncomfortable and
you will not
happy with your purchase. So try the fins on and swing your legs in
the air. This should give you a clear idea if the fins are stiff or
will behave underwater.
TIP # 2: Full-foot/Pocket fins or Open Heels. Lots of divers prefer open heels thanks to the boots that provides comfort, more protection, insulation and less or no blisters.
TIP # 3: For full-foot or pocket fins, make sure that they fit correctly by moving your legs and ankles up and down. Not losing them is a good sign of proper fit and they must be neither too tight or too loose, and of course, comfortable.
# 4: When buying open heel fins,
remember that you have to purchase
boots first and wear them while trying on your fins.
TIP # 5: Find the degree of buoyancy of the fins - if they pull your feet up, you will need some weight on your ankles.
it a habit to
perform a check on all your equipment before a dive.
Diving Fins Maintenance
diving, always clean your
equipment in fresh water to help remove all the
salt, dirt, and
sand. Remember to dry your equipment out of direct sunlight.
Top Fastest Fins for Divers
Some divers prefer faster and powerful fins due to the speed and acceleration underwater. Most of these fins require strong legs and muscles.
Used by many world-class free diving competitors for a reason. The desing has a better snap for better performance, long
blades for maximize thrust and energy efficiency.
New style of fins that produce no toe squeeze and calf fatigue. Toes-free foot reduces cramping and leverages power from your strongest kicking muscles.
The blade offers a near-perfect balance of stiffness and flex, producing a propulsive snap that will rocket a diver without a hint of leg pain or ankle strain. The fin delivers effortless acceleration.
DiveRite XT Fins
The XT with a design that has been proven and successful for over 20 years. They are stiff, yet with plenty of snap and are lighter in weight than traditional rubber fins.
Adjustable and long diving fins for extra power, stiff material on blades and the curvature of the channels provides
extra thrust. Need strong leg muscles, good for currents.
Cressi-ARA-EBS The blade that provides an excellent response and the weight is no longer a problem. These fins provide more thrust power to a diver’s kicking, which results into an excellent effort/performance ratio.
Other Top Fins and Designs
foot pockets. Simple and affordable.
less strain on the leg muscles compared
with traditional fins, reducing the diver's fatigue; a design that
forward motion (lift) with less effort. You will need more kicks when
Mares revolutionary fin, Optimized
Pivoting Blade system is a technology
that ensures the blade
is always at an optimal angle during both the up and down stroke. Great
inspired engineering, uses simple
physics that fish
have been using for over 500 million. Works great with traditional
offers new kicking techniques. Natural wing/sail shapes work just like
on a boat creating an easy powerful propulsion. Extremely lightweight
Fins are not designed for
More....With this new design you can put your fins on before
entering the water. This used to be a challenge to both new
experienced divers in boats and at the beach.
Slingshot:This fins use
power bands that are loaded with energy on the power stroke. As the
name say it they release or shot their energy prior to the upstroke to
provide an added boost of power.
Instead of wasting your energy. This power bands can be shifted
to 3-speed gear that customizes your speed to effort ratio to fit the
specific conditions of your dive. Amazing.