Updated: May 29, 2015
Diving Fin Reviews:Diving can be an incredibly exhilarating sport and something that everyone should do at least once. On our recent trip to Fiji we were able to learn how to scuba dive and take part in one dive. Previous to that, I had only snorkeled in Hawaii and the Caribbean. Snorkeling is another great activity to try when in tropical waters as the fish and sea life below the water level is amazing. The one big necessity when scuba diving is a good pair of diving fins. When you snorkel it's not too difficult to stay on top of the water without diving fins, but scuba diving requires them. You need to be able to dive down (20 or 30 meters sometimes) and that takes a lot of effort even with fins. I got fitted in Fiji and found that wearing fins made the whole experience that much easier on me. I'm not the best swimmer to begin with, so the diving fins gave me the added maneuverability and increased power to glide through the water like a fish.
Choosing Diving Fins - Just what do you look for when buying a set of diving fins? First of all, you need to know the correct size equivalent. If you wear a men's size 7 to 8 shoe, then get medium diving fins. Men's 9-11 wears a large, and those with 12-13 size shoes wear an XL. Women's sizing options are much the same - those with 5-6 shoe size go with XS, 7-8 (Small), 9-10 (Medium), 11-12 (large). Kids sizes are very similar. The diving fin should be snug, but there should also be room for your toes to move a bit. If you feel "pinching" anywhere on your feet, then the fin is too tight. Stiff vs Flexible Fins - Experts will tell you that the more experience you have and the stronger the swimmer you are, the stiffer the fin needs to be. Those that are just starting to learn how to scuba dive need more flexible fins and in smaller sizes whenever possible. Experienced divers tend to have strong leg muscles that help them maneuver through the waters with stiff fins. Beginners need to build up that muscle strength first. Paddle Fins are the most common on the market, although the propeller, or split, fins provide added power and much less turbulence than their counterparts. We say stick with paddle diving fins unless you know what you are doing. Open Heel vs Full Foot - I prefer the full foot snorkeling fins as I do most dives in warmer waters. Some people like to wear dive booties when diving in colder waters and therefore the open-heel design is perfect for that. The adjustable straps let you increasea or decrease the heel movement and space. Top Brands - US Divers is perhaps the most recognized but others like Cressi, Oceanic, Promate, AquaLung, and Scubapro are all excellent options. If you are looking for diving fin reviews - we suggest websites like Scubadiving.com, Scuba.com, About.com (Scuba section) or even places like Amazon.com. You can browse the best selling diving fins online here.