How to Choose Good Snorkeling Swim Fins

How to Choose Good Snorkeling Swim Fins
Snorkeling is a favorite vacation activity that requires little training and no certifications. With minimal equipment, you can be fully outfitted for a day of observing the underwater world. While a good mask and snorkel are essential, do not underestimate the importance of wearing a proper set of swim fins for snorkeling. The efficiency and ease of mobility they provide can mean the difference between a satisfying activity and one cut short by blisters and leg cramps.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Identify swim fins that are designed specifically for snorkeling. Many different types of swim fins are on the market and are used for different purposes. Some fins are high-performance equipment designed for scuba diving. These expensive swim fins are not necessary for recreational snorkeling.
Step 2
Determine whether you want full-foot or open-heel swim fins. Full-foot fins protect the bottom of the foot and do not need to be worn with diving booties. They are not, however, adjustable, so getting a proper fit is more difficult. Open-heel fins are adjustable. They provide less protection than a full-foot fin when worn alone, but the entire foot is protected when open-heel fins are worn with diving booties.
Step 3
Try on swim fins to determine the best size and fit. A good swim fin will not cramp the toes or pinch the heel. Fins that are too big will be easily kicked off in the water. Try on open-heel fins with dive booties if you intend to wear them. Fins are typically one size bigger than the booties worn with them.
Step 4
Practice walking in the swim fins. Walking on dry land while wearing the fins may be necessary to enter the water from the shore. Selecting fins that are too long or are very rigid will make this task more difficult, particularly for beginners.

Tips & Warnings

Talk to dive professionals and other divers for advice regarding particular brands and price points.
Full-foot swim fins are not appropriate for snorkeling in cold water because you cannot wear booties with them. The booties are necessary for warmth in cold water.

Article Written By Debbie Tullos

Debbie Tullos has more than 10 years of experience writing and producing for broadcast television. She holds a degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. As a freelance writer, her work has been published on and

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.