SCUBA DIVING FINS (FLIPPERS)
I have heard many divers call their diving fins – Flippers. I thought Flipper was a Dolphin. Fins help you to move easier through the water and when swimming on top. The two popular types of fins are the open heeled fins with an adjustable strap, and full foot fins used mainly for warm water diving.
Open Heeled Diving Fins (Flippers)
The main advantage of open heeled diving fins is ease of adjustment using the rubber ankle strap and buckles. The diver wears neoprene booties or socks to protect his feet from the cold, and from sand or rocks at the water entry. Generally, size selections are limited, but regular divers usually prefer to wear these types of diving fins.
Full Foot Diving Fins (Flippers)
The main disadvantage of full foot fins is that they are not adjustable, but they are usually lightweight and cheaper than the heavy-duty full foot fins. There is no need to wear boots with these types of fin. They are useful in places where the water is warm and easily accessible. They are also a popular first choice as rental fins for many dive centers.
Popular Types of Fins
Some of the most popular diving fins that are available are the ScubaPro Jet Fins (open heeled) and the Superchannel Full Foot Fins made by Mares. Fin manufacturers make claims about their products power and versatility but our advice is to try as many different types of dive fins and if possible while you are actually swimming underwater. This will help you to find the most comfortable and efficient model that suits your purpose.