The summer for many it’s a time for renewing, buying or even better, giving ourselves a present like part of our freediving equipment such as the fins.
In my experience in over ten years as a freediving instructor at all levels, I can confirm that the questions that many students ask me are in regards to choosing the right equipment, i.e. what is best for their needs, their physique and their level of freediving.
So that’s way I have decided to write down some tips and advice starting with fins.
Every good choice begins by having the right criteria as a basis for your decision.
In this article I am going to suggest 4 of them, and for each one I will give an example just to help you get a better idea of things. So the criteria that I have chosen are:
- Price range
- Freediving level
1. Why is it important to take into consideration both the muscular and bone structures of a freediver
Carbon, Plastic, Carbon Mix, Fiberglass; many different types of materials are used in manufacturing the blades of freediving, and each one gives a different resistance in the water. What does that mean? Well, if I use a plastic blade I get good value for money whereas if I choose a carbon fiber blade I’m obviously gearing myself towards a top of the range product.
And the rubber foot pocket? If you intend wearing a foot pocket that is hard rather than soft it’s important to have ankle muscles that straighten correctly. A good quality foot pocket allows the diver to use and move his or her legs correctly, whilst still being comfortable and taking full advantage of the propulsive energy from the leg that will go right the way through to the blade of the fin.