Fins, well without fins you are going to stay pretty still on your next diving or snorkelling trip. Fins are available in full or open foot or sometimes called open heel, but generally in tropic water such as scuba diving or snorkelling in Kota Kinabalu full foot is just perfect.
If you are regularly having to walk on rocks or uneven surfaces on the way to your dive or snorkel trip, then open heel fins with neoprene booties are the best choice. The neoprene booties are made from the same material as your scuba diving wet suit and therefore offer you protection as well as insulation against the cold. They generally have zippers on the inside faces for easy donning.
Fins or flippers?
Fins or swimfins as they are still referred to as were first born back in 1914… The modern swimfins are a concept from the Frenchman Louis de Corlieu a Lieutenant Commander in the French Navy. De Corlieu in 1914 made a demonstration of his first prototype to a group of navy officers. Within this group was Yves le Prieur who, years later invented an early model of a scuba set in 1926. In 1924 De Corlieu left the French Navy to fully devote himself to his new creation. By April 1933 he had registered a patent, number 767013 which in addition to two fins for the feet also included hand versions, two spoon-shaped fins. The equipment was described as propulseurs de natation et de sauvetage – which can be translated literally as a swimming and rescue propulsion device.
Which ones are for me? So many fins to choose from for my Sabah adventure
As with all equipment, it evolves into different variants to suit specific activities – Fins are known different. Your recreational snorkeler generally likes to use lightweight flexible fins. Whilst free divers prefer extremely long fins for efficient use of energy. However scuba divers can not survive without large wide fins to help overcome the water resistance caused by all their chunky diving gear. But they need to be short enough to allow an acceptable amount of manoeuvrability. Ocean swimmers such as bodysurfers or lifeguards prefer smaller designs. This way they tend to stay on their feet when moving through large surf. Plus when out of the water make walking on the beach is less foolish-looking.
Sports below the surface, such as underwater hockey or even underwater rugby tend to use either full-foot or open-heel fins. Because of the nature of the activity, it is a playoff between design, style and shape against manoeuvrability and performance. Carbon fibre blades are often popular at higher levels of competition. Above all the fins must be safe and have no sharp edges that could injure other competitors.