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How to choose diving flippers

If you seriously want to go diving, the choice of fins will be one of the most important decisions. To make it easier to get acquainted with the market, we will deal with the classification of this type of underwater equipment. First, fins are either ordinary (one for each leg) or “monofins” (one fins for both legs). Beginners should choose the first type of flippers, as special diving is required for diving with one flipper. The swimming style is completely different from the standard.

bull flippers have two of the most significant factors: heel type and stiffness of the flippers. According to the first factor, flippers are divided into open and closed. The division is mainly due to the fact that flippers are often rented. Open flippers (without heel) are suitable for various boots. Closed flippers – for bare feet (toe allowed).

The choice of fins for diving, thus, can be reduced to these simple tips. But, in fact, other, less obvious factors need to be taken into account. To understand how to choose flippers, let’s see what they consist of. First, the blade. The blade can also be divided into smaller parts, but about them a little later. The following characteristics of the fins blades are important: surface area, shape, material. For aesthetes, the appearance will also be no less valuable, since it is the lobe that is often called the “flipper”, in the broad sense of the word.

The larger the surface area, the more effort will have to be applied to move under water. How to choose the best flippers? You need to take into account your physical abilities and the purpose of the dive. If speed is important, and if you have enough strength, choose a large area. If you are a beginner, you have to focus on the golden mean. The shape of the flippers initially looked like an elongated trapezoid. However, now firms offer various modifications designed for certain specific conditions. For example, a dissected lobe. This technology saves energy.

In addition to the blade, the fastening and the strap play an important role. If you buy flippers personally for yourself, you need to choose what is convenient here and now. Do not follow the advice of “professionals” that fins “stick” in the water. Similar advice on how to choose flippers is completely wrong. It should be comfortable on the surface too. The role of the strap is to hold the flippers on the leg, it should be durable, but should not rub the leg. Make sure that not only the blade is well-made, but also these parts of the fins.

Material is a special conversation. How to choose the fins of the right quality? This issue is directly related to price, which is not surprising. Modern flippers are made of three basic materials: rubber, plastic, composite. A kind of three whales around which companies create “new products.” The price will depend, as is customary, on the following factors: material, model age, brand of the manufacturer. How to choose flippers that successfully combine these parameters? The main thing is to navigate in the offered assortment. The models of the following companies are now most widely represented on the market: Mares, Aqualung, OCEANIC, Scubapro, OMS, TECHNISUB, TUSA. The price range is also quite wide. More expensive models are designed for professionals, or are exclusive. New items, as in many other industries, are much more expensive than front-line veterans. Choosing a model of a well-known company for four to five thousand, taking into account all the above features, you can safely say that you have correctly approached the choice of fins. The question of how to choose flippers should no longer bother you, however, for diving, you need other equipment.

The larger the surface area, the more effort will have to be applied to move under water. How to choose the best flippers? You need to take into account your physical abilities and the purpose of the dive. If speed is important, and if you have enough strength, choose a large area. If you are a beginner, you have to focus on the golden mean. The shape of the flippers initially looked like an elongated trapezoid. However, now firms offer various modifications designed for certain specific conditions. For example, a dissected lobe. This technology saves energy.

In addition to the blade, the fastening and the strap play an important role. If you buy flippers personally for yourself, you need to choose what is convenient here and now. Do not follow the advice of “professionals” that fins “stick” in the water. Similar advice on how to choose flippers is completely wrong. It should be comfortable on the surface too. The role of the strap is to hold the flippers on the leg, it should be durable, but should not rub the leg. Make sure that not only the blade is well-made, but also these parts of the fins.

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