When I am scuba diving I am all about the comfort. Anything that will help me dive easier I am all about it. I am sure you have seen split fins and paddle fins, you might wonder what is the difference in the two.
Split fins are designed for your comfort all the way. You use a much smaller kick to propel yourself through the water. Alot of split fins like the Tusa SF-15's are slightly bent, so when your foot is in them, your foot is in its natural position. With the bend in the fin there is less drag and they work more efficiently. This will help a bunch on your legs cramping up. If you can keep your foot nice and relaxed you won't get those terrible leg cramps. Split fins are a lot like a fish's fin. They work very efficient and easy. You are not going to go faster with these types of fins but it might feel like it because they are so comfortable.
With a paddle fin, you have to push and pull the water to get anywhere. This is a lot of work. This is where the leg cramps come in. You will definetely go faster with these fins but you will also tire out a lot faster too. Me personally I am all about the comfort so I will be sticking with my split fins.
When you are wearing a good dive fin you will also need some neoprene boots, 6mm or 6.5mm will keep your feet nice and toasty and protect your feet from the fin biting into it.
When picking out a fin you should decide what kind of diving you are going to be doing mostly. If you are an underwater photographer or just like to cruise around looking at the cool fish, split fins are amazing. If you are going to be diving in heavy current and working pretty hard, paddle fins would probably suit you better. It really is a personal preference.
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