The Swim Fin is a vital part of any waterman’s gear, especially water rescue professional’s, and can be used for a variety of purposes. Surfers, lifeguards, dive and salvage teams, as well as snorkeling guilds, require different levels of stiffness and comfort to do their job. Some use swim fins to train their legs for non-fin events or to increase kinetic awareness. Others use fins to explore deep below the water’s surface and require the perfect combination of performance and efficiency.
Episode 006 – The Great Swim Fin Debate
Joe and Schep recently sat down to try and help you make sense of it all. Below are links to the brands and topics discussed.
Final Categories (as agreed upon at the conclusion)
A good Dive Swim Fin places an emphasis on subsurface propulsion, efficiency, and strength of stroke delivery. These fins tend to be longer, heavier, and require proper leg strength development prior to efficient use.
Can serve for surface and subsurface duties, often the pair of fins you bring if you only can have one in your kit. A good multi-purpose swim fin is like a good multi-tool; durable, easy to use, flexible enough to meet your needs.
The Surf Swim Fin category contains fins designed for comfort and control while playing in the waves. These fins are usually made of high-quality rubber that is both buoyant as well as durable.
Fins that are designed for pool work, and are made of chlorine resistant materials. Typically cover the entire sole of the foot, with an enclosed heel pocket. A Pool Swim Fin is typically not buoyant and is not well suited for ocean use.