How to Choose a Size for SCUBA Fins

How to Choose a Size for SCUBA Fins
Scuba fins will give you increased strength and power while you are scuba diving. While you are wearing scuba fins, you will immediately notice that you can swim faster through the water with less effort. When you are purchasing new scuba fins, take the time to ensure a proper fit. Many people purchase scuba fins that are too small, which is undesirable because it will make you tire more quickly in the water.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wet suit or dry suit boots SCUBA fins
  • Wet suit or dry suit boots
  • SCUBA fins
Step 1
Bring your wet suit or dry suit boots to the store when you are selecting scuba fins to ensure a proper fit. If you have both wet suit and dry suit boots, be prepared to purchase two sets of scuba fins because of the difference in size between wet and dry boots.
Step 2
Place the boots on your feet and select a pair of fins to try. Insert your foot into the fin without attaching the strap. If the fin fits properly, your foot will slide in the entire way until the top of the fin stops at the front of your ankle. When your foot is inside the fin, your toes should not touch the inside front of the fins.
Step 3
Choose a larger fin if you cannot slide your feet all the way into the fins because the fins are too tight around your feet or because your toes hit the inside front of the fins. Fins that fit this way are too small.
Step 4
Pull the strap around your ankle and secure it. The strap should be snugly tight, yet comfortable.

Tips & Warnings

 
Fit both wet and dry boots inside fins in the same way. Expect to need one size larger scuba fins with dry suit boots.
 
Fit both wet and dry boots inside fins in the same way. Expect to need one size larger scuba fins with dry suit boots.

Article Written By Kathryn Hatter

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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