With the sheer variety of fins on the market these days, new (and even experienced!) snorkelers can be confused about what choice they should make. Perhaps the most obvious difference among fins is whether they have a closed foot pocket like a slip-on shoe or an open pocket with a strap that goes over your heel. Why do fins come in these two types? And which kind is best for your next snorkeling trip? Let's take a closer look at the differences between open-heel vs. full-foot fins! The key … [Read more...] about Open-Heel Vs. Full-Foot Fins for Snorkeling
What are the advantages and disadvantages of single vs. double lens masks? This question may be first on your mind if you're looking to buy a new diving mask. It certainly was for me! And yet, beyond a few forum posts on various SCUBA boards, no one seems to have written much about this, let alone provided a definitive answer. The reason for this is quite simple... There are no inherent advantages or disadvantages between single vs. double lens masks. Ultimately, it comes down to what works … [Read more...] about Single Vs. Double Lens Masks: A Matter of Taste
Did you know? The modern design of the fin was invented by a Lieutenant Commander in the French Navy, Louis de Corlieu (source). Inspired by how the webbed feet on frogs and ducks propel them through water, de Corlieu designed wearable swim fins that work in a similar manner. He demonstrated his first prototype to the public in 1914 and later left the navy to refine the design, patenting it in 1933. By 1939, the propulseurs de natation et de sauvetage (swimming and rescue propulsion device) … [Read more...] about How Do Swim Fins Work? (SCUBA and Snorkeling)
The modern design of the fin was invented in 1914 by a Lieutenant Commander in the French Navy, Louis de Corlieu (source). Since then, the design of the humble swim fin has seen countless iterations, styles, and designs to suit many different kinds of activities from snorkeling to SCUBA! One design that has become especially popular in recent years is the split fin. But is this new trend legit or just a gimmick? As it turns out, split fins can be a great choice for snorkeling! But to … [Read more...] about Split Fins for Snorkeling? (How They Work and Recommended Models)
If you're in the market for a pair of fins to use on your next snorkeling trip, you might be confused about what kind of fin to buy. You should be buying your snorkeling gear at a dedicated dive shop (you can read this article to learn why that is important). However, that means many of the fins you'll come across will be designed for SCUBA divers, not snorkeling. But isn't a fin just a fin? What's the difference between snorkeling and SCUBA fins? SCUBA fins tend to be longer, stiffer, and … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between Snorkeling Fins and SCUBA Fins?