Freediving Fins

Freedive-finsThese are very similar to paddle fins, except they are far longer, and designed to work with slow stiff-legged kicks that conserves energy. The vast majority are made in the “full-foot” design with very rigid foot pockets, which serves to reduce weight and maximize power transfer from the leg into the fin. Freediving fins are commonly made of plastic, but are also often made from materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber.

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Mono Fins

MonofinA monofin is typically used in finswimming and free-diving. It consists of a single surface attached to footpockets for both the free-diver’s feet. Monofins can be made of glass fibre or carbon fibre. The diver’s muscle power and swimming style, and the type of activity the monofin is used for, determine the choice of size, stiffness, and materials.

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Swim Snorkel

swimmers_snorkel_lSometimes it takes just a few millimeters of change to make an entirely new product and the front-mount Swimmer’s Snorkel is a prime example of this. Instead of the snorkel coming around the side of the face as it is traditional with a divers snorkel, the Swimmer’s Snorkel exits the mouth and runs straight up over the nose protruding from the water above the head. This enables the swimmer to stay face down in a natural floating position. It can be used with any standard swimming goggle and allows a swimmer of any ability to loosen up in the water and maintain a completely relaxed, face-down floating position, promoting calmness and relaxed, rhythmical breathing. Apart from no longer needing to move your head to breathe, the Swimmer’s Snorkel is quite theatrical, offering a man-made equivalent to the shark’s ominous dorsal fin (albeit in yellow, green or blue), and a spectacular purging process akin to that of a whale spouting. The relaxed, horizontal position allows people to swim at normal or even slower speeds while maintaining a full range of motion. For experienced swimmers, it offers an opportunity to sort out flaws in the technique as it’s possible to eliminate the breathing cycle rotation and work solely on body stability, head position and stroke technique.Watch a Thorpe, Popov or Van Hoegenband and their body stability is like that of a battleship. The manufacturers of the Swimmer’s Snorkel claim dramatic effects from using the snorkel to remedy poor technique – from a floppy, sloppy stroke to cruising stability in one lap in some cases.

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Full Foot Fins

Fullfoot-finsThese are the most basic fins; a pair of simple stiff plastic, composite, or rubber blades that work as extensions of the feet while kicking. Some paddle fins have channels and grooves to improve power and efficiency though it has been shown that the desired effect does not occur.Paddle fins are widely believed to be the most versatile and have improved swimming economy in men. Tests in women showed a more flexible fin to be more economical, most likely due to lower leg power.

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Two-Lens Mask

two-lens-maskIt has a very low internal volume, and can be used with great satisfaction even by enthusiasts of the most demanding free dive descents. Its extraordinary visibility, together with extreme comfort and a modern and efficient system for adjusting the strap makes this model indispensable for all diving activities, from snorkeling to deep free diving, to scuba diving.

Also a big advantage of the Two-Lens Mask, you can change the lenses to prescription lenses for  your needs!

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Freediving Apnoea Mask

freediving-maskDifferent from Scuba Diving Masks the volume plays a big roll in Freediving Mask!

Freedivers from all around the world are usually looking for a mask with a low internal volume, the reason behind it is to loose as little air as possible to equalizing & clear the mask. If you’re really keen on checking out what internal volume a mask has in combination with your face profile, you should:

  1. Put the mask on
  2. Submerge your head into water
  3. Let the mask fill with water
  4. Reemerge from the water
  5. Let excess water drip from your face, or dry your face with a towel
  6. Release the water from your filled mask into a bowl
  7. Measure the volume
  8. Compare it to other masks

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Frame-Less Mask

frameless-maskAs a class, frameless masks tend to be lighter, offer a very low profile and they’re lower in volume. They fold up flat for easier packing, and as we found in this Scuba Lab review, they also offer a wider field of vision.

Anatomy of a Frameless Mask

Throw away the thick plastic frame and attach the buckles directly to the mask skirt. As a result, the lens sits closer to your eyes, offering a broader field of vision in all directions, and with less volume, the mask is easier to clear. They also fold flat for packing and make great backup masks, slipping flat into a BC pocket. For all these reasons, frameless masks have become more popular than ever and companies are responding by offering a growing number of models.

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Simple Snorkel

simple_snorkelSnorkel designs vary based on bore diameter and length, and should be chosen based on a snorkeler’s needs and body type. Generally, the larger you are the larger the diameter of your snorkel should be, as it will allow more air to pass through.

If the bore is too wide, however, it may be more difficult to clear water from the snorkel. The width of a snorkel should not exceed 1 inch (2,5 cm).
Similarly, although longer snorkels allow a swimmer to breath air at a deeper level, they also make it more difficult to take in air and during long dives may cause buildup of stale air in the tube. Most snorkels measure between 12 and 18 inches (30-45cm), but choose one that feels comfortable for you.

Keep your hands away from Snorkels with a closing valve on top as they can cause pendulum respiration!!!

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Dry Snorkel

dry-snorkelA Valve system , which prevents water from traveling through the snorkel and into your mouth. If in rare situations, water does enter the snorkel, a simple puff of air is all you need to clear the water through the snorkel’s lower one-way valve. it saves you energy and is especially easy to clear for kids and women who have not so much power in their lungs to push it out the top as on a Basic Snorkel.

PS: Be careful with closing systems on top of the Snorkel, they might not work properly or not open all the way so your breath doesn’t get exchanged all the way and you end up floating unconsciously

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