Find and choose the best scuba fins can be a non-obvious experience, especially for novice divers. The choice often depends on the budget and in the case of dive fins there is a wide range of designs for all price ranges.
Generally, divers search an efficient fin with a direct correlation between how much oxygen and energy you use and how much air you use during an immersion even for beginners divers. There are just two main styles of foot pocket on the dive market – open heel and full foot. When a diver choosing its fins, he must opt for hardness related to his level : soft, medium or hard. With fins, there is a lot to consider before you buy…size, colors...
Full-Foots fins vs. Open-Heels fins
Choosing the right fins for scuba diving comes mainly choose between full-foot pair or open-heels. Full-foot fins are much lighter than comparable open-heel fins !
- The full-foot scuba fins allow better foot support and therefore a better performance in kicking. The full-foot fins are considered as the traditional fins. Despite the availability of more stylish and modern fins, the full-foot fins are popular with snorkelers and divers. These palms are generally less expensive than adjustable fins. Since they do not offer thermal protection, foot fins better suited for warm water diving and diving from a boat. The few disadvantages of foot fins are that they are not adjustable, they can’t be used in cold water and can cause cuts to the feet.
- Adjustable fins allow the use of dive booties and allow walking and finally they are interesting for the big shoe sizes. Compared with the full-foot fins, open or adjustable fins have a greater and wider space. These open-heels fins are designed for diving with booties. In addition to protecting your foot against cuts and blisters, diving boots keep your feet warm. The adjustable fins are better for cold water diving, and for dives from the shore, where a diver has to walk on the sand, pebbles and rocks to reach a dive site. Moreover We recommand to use this type of fins with a dry suit.
The hardness of scuba fins is defined by level of diving and morphology:
- Flexible: Beginner / Small
- Medium: Intermediate / Middle
- Duration: Confirmed / Large
Splites vs Paddles
- The paddles fins are considered simple and traditional fins. They can be either full-foot or open-heel. Divers often prefer open-heels fins because of their adjustable appearance and versatility, while foot fins are preferred by swimmers and snorkelers. The Paddles Fins wing move in a movement from bottom to top. If you have strong legs, then the entire paddles fins are perfect for you ! These days, the best modified paddles can compete head-to-head in comfort and performance with the best splits.
Split fins slice through the water with minimal resistance. The split fins are literally divided in two "parts". If you want to move faster underwater, then split fin might suit you better, your split fins rather act like a boat propeller. These fins are divided into special angles to make every shot kicking better and stronger without much effort, which means you can stay longer under water and cover a greater distance with these fins.
There is a vast array of fins on the market and you will need to consider your level of experience, kicking style and ability, leg power and type of diving you will be doing in order to determine which type of fin will best suit you!
Find on Scubaland UK a wide selection of fins for diving and snorkeling !