Choosing the right fins is an important part of freediving. A good set of fins can help you reach deeper dives, catch fish, and make more comfortable bottom times. While there are many different types of freediving fins, choosing the right ones for your needs is often an educated choice.
Fins should be long enough to help you move through the water quickly and efficiently. The longer the blade, the more force it can generate. Longer freediving fins also allow you to cover more ground with each kick. This can help you make a faster ascent.
Shorter freediving fins are often preferred by beginners. They are easier to maneuver and don’t require a fin bag. However, short fins can be difficult to use in strong currents. These fins are also often lighter than larger fins. They can be carried easily in most suitcases and can help you avoid hitting coral or other underwater objects.
Long freediving fins are also ideal for deep dives. You can cover more ground with each kick and use less energy. However, long fins also tend to be less flexible and are more difficult to use. They may also inhibit your leg muscles.
If you have strong leg muscles, you can use a long fin to generate the same thrust as a short one. If you aren’t strong, however, the extra thrust won’t be used. In addition, you will probably experience leg muscle aches.
Shorter fins can be more comfortable to use. Because they are shorter, they have less resistance and require less energy to move through the water.