Diving | divers guide: how to shop your snorkelling and diving fins?

Fins are an integral part of your divers kit, which types you should choose for scuba diving? Find out more on how to shop for a suitable pair of fins for diving.

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The choice of your diving fins is primarily based upon your activity: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, or Freediving.

Each underwater activity has its own type of fins

There are different types of diving fins, and for optimal usage, they must be suitable for your activity. Choosing the right diving fins can be a challenge. If you are a Scuba diver, you should be looking for scuba diving fins. Here are some tips! You can choose between: 

Snorkeling Fins: these fins are flexible and light. Ideal for beginners, they’ll provide you with enough power so that you can get around easily in the water, without too much muscular effort required from your legs.

Scuba Diving Fins: given the fairly heavy equipment needed for scuba diving, your fins must provide you with enough power to get around in the water. Fins of this type, therefore, have a wider blade. As such, you’ll be able to choose between full-foot fins or adjustable fins.

Freediving fins: these fins are generally versatile thanks to their interchangeable blades. Fins for freediving are longer and of medium to high rigidity in order to make your dive easier and to provide you with the power needed to get back to the surface.

How to choose your snorkelling and diving fins?

Technical criteria for correctly choosing your diving fins

How to choose your snorkelling and diving fins?

Full-foot or adjustable fins for scuba diving?

Full-foot fins

Diving fins of this type are perfect for warm water dives, or for use with thin socks. They’re generally more flexible and comfortable than adjustable fins. Thanks to the socks, they also stay on your feet better. On the other hand, they’re harder to put on and often more fragile.

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Adjustable fins 

Unlike full-foot fins, adjustable fins are much more rigid, not as comfortable, but nevertheless very easy to put on! With fins of this type, you have to wear suitable booties.

Choosing the right size for your diving fins

It is important for divers to shop for the right fins. Here’s a little hint for checking that the fins are the right size for you. Once you’ve selected the model, put on the fins and stand up. Now stand on your toes. At this point, the fin should stay with your heel as you lift your foot from the floor. If not, and your heel comes up by itself, your fin is too big. If you feel any discomfort or if the fins are too tight, don’t hesitate to move up to the next size. You can always wear fairly thin socks in order to adjust how your foot fits in the fin, if necessary. If you’re diving in cold water with full-foot fins or adjustable fins, you going to need neoprene socks or booties, so take this into consideration when choosing the size of your fins, and remember to select at least one size bigger than what you would normally wear!~

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