Frequent question: Are short or long fins better for snorkeling?

Are short fins better than long fins?

Short swim fins will generally have a longer lifespan than longer fins, as they are not as likely to stretch out. Pros: Due to the orientation of the fins, short blade fins make it easier to keep up a quick tempo at a higher kick rate, with ideal propulsion through the water.

Are long flippers better than short flippers?

Long fins will move more water, so if you’ve got the strength (and stamina to keep going) long fins will let you cover ground faster than short fins. Short fins move less water, so take less energy to kick at the same rate as longer fins, but your speed will be lower.

Are short or long fins better for training?

Short blade fins promote a faster / higher kick tempo, important for freestyle and backstroke training. However, the range of motion needed to develop a strong double legged dolphin kick is best left to long fins.

How do I choose the right size fins?

The larger the number, the more speed the fin generates. Ride Numbers 7-10 are good for when the surf is soft, gutless, and has no push. The smaller the Ride Number, the better the fin is for control and confidence in fast-breaking waves.

Can you use short fins for freediving?

But just to be clear: you can still go freediving with short fins. It’s just that in most cases you’ll be sacrificing depth and underwater time for comfort and ease of use. If you already have short fins and a low budget and just want to get started, go for it.

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Should I use fins for snorkeling?

You need fins for snorkeling because they allow you to swim efficiently without over-exerting yourself. They give you the power to overcome currents and waves, and the control to navigate around coral and wildlife. In some cases, fins will also give you a bit of extra buoyancy.