Snorkeling Fins are used by snorkelers to aid swimming and diving whilst in the water.
They come in a variety of types and styles. Knowing the differences between the fins can allow you to choose the most suitable.
Question : What is the difference between a Flipper and a fin?
Answer: Nothing! Fins and Flippers are in fact the same thing. The term flipper is probably derived from the connection with dolphins and is now widely used when discussing or referring to Fins.
The majority of snorkeling fins are "full foot" style. Full foot fins feature closed foot pockets into which the foot slides. There are no straps on this type and you either wear them with wetsuit socks or bare feet. They are not designed to be worn with wetsuit boots.
The other type of snorkeling fin is referred to as an open heel or strap fin. As the name suggests these have an open heel and the foot slides in from the rear and a strap is adjusted round the heel to give a firm fit. This style is generally designed to be worn with a wetsuit boot, although there are a few on the market that can be worn with with bare feet.
Generally the blade on the snorkeling fin gets larger in proportion with the size of the foot pocket. For example, the blade on a size 6 fin will generally be smaller than that of a blade on a size 10.
If you are unsure as to which type or size of fin may be best suited to you, feel free to give us a call to discuss your needs as we are able to offer years of experience to help you with your choice.