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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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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Open Heel Fins

Open-Heel-FinsTypes of fins have evolved to address the unique requirements of each community using them. Scuba divers, in particular, need large wide fins to overcome the water resistance caused by their diving equipment; snorkelers need lightweight flexible fins; ocean swimmers, bodysurfers, and lifeguards favor smaller designs that stay on their feet when moving through large surf and that make walking on the beach less awkward. In general there are two main groups of fins; full foot and open heel. Full foot fins fit like a shoe, and are designed to be worn over bare feet. If a larger size is chosen, however, full-foot fins can also be worn over socks and thin-soled booties. They are commonly used for surface swimming, and are in non adjustable sizes. Open heel have a foot pocket with an open heel area, and the fin is held to the foot by springs or straps. They can be worn over boots, and are common in diving. Many companies design fins with the same fin architecture but a choice of heel type.

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