Tuesday 29 May 2012

What do I need to start spearfishing? (Part II)

Part II: Fins. In this part we will try to give you all the information you need so that you can choose the right fin.

2. Fins
There are a lot of different options out there when choosing a fin. When it comes to spearfishing you will need a pair of fins that will fit you comfortably and that you find easy to use. Below you will find a list of some general tips which should help you decide on which fins to choose.

Location: Where will you be spearfishing?
- Reefs and wrecks: When you spearfish around reefs and wrecks it’s recommended that you avoid longer fins. These can get in the way when you are spearfishing in close quarters. Split fin designs are also not really recommended around wrecks and reefs. In general shorter, stiffer one blade fins can provide you with more manoeuvrability in these tighter conditions.
- Open waters: When spearfishing in open waters you will need a pair of fins that offer you the most power with each kick. This way you can move more quickly and easily over longer distances without tiring your legs out to much. Fin straps are considered a good investment as they can help you to secure your fins in place when travelling over longer distances.

- Warmer conditions: When you’re spearfishing in warmer conditions you’ll more than likely won’t be needing wetsuit boots. This means that you have the option to choose full foot fins. These are easier to wear and put on as you simply just slip your foot straight in the pocket. It can be difficult to get a perfect fit tough so you may need to invest in a fin strap that will keep them in place while you’re kicking.
- Colder conditions: When spearfishing in colder waters you will most likely need to wear wetsuit boots. This means you’ll need a heel strap fin that will fit over your boots.

- Pivotal blades: This innovative design has special blades that angle themselves to maximise kick power in the water.  Some divers prefer these effective designs but they can be tricky to get the hang of and may not be suitable for fast manoeuvring around wrecks and reefs.    

Example of a good spearfishing fin is the Mares Avanti Quattro Shoe Fins

If you have any further questions about choosing fins please contact us.

For part I (The mask) click here.

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