Choosing a monofin can be confusing. It’s a special piece of equipment that provides a speed boost for freediving. It’s also an effective way to increase your depth during a dive. However, you must know how to use it.
Monofins are usually made from carbon fibre. They are designed to fit over the freediver’s feet. This provides a high degree of propulsion and efficiency. They are also a great choice for competitive freediving, because they can help you reach incredible depths.
One of the key features to look for in a monofin is the blade. It should be stiff enough to support the weight of the diver. The blade should also be flexible enough to allow easy kicks. However, too soft a blade could lead to excessive kicking and lactic acid build-up.
If you’re new to freediving, bi-fins may be the better choice. These two fins are easier to use and they provide better maneuverability. However, they are less effective than monofins at straight line freediving. They also burn oxygen and aren’t as quick.
You should also try to choose a monofin that’s comfortable to wear. You’ll be wearing the monofin for a long time, so it’s important to find a fit that allows your feet to move freely. You can also wear socks for added comfort.
You’ll also need to learn the best technique to use your monofin. The best technique is called the dolphin kick. This technique requires you to keep your hands above your head during the dive. In this way, you won’t need to use your hands to kick. Developing the technique is tough, but finding a monofin mentor can speed up your progress.