Fin Recommendation

Discussion in 'Divers with Disabilities' started by Domsz06, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    Hello all divers!!

    New here and wanted to ask peoples opinions.

    I lost my right leg in an motorcycle accidnet 3 years ago. Since then I have still been able to use my scuba cert and went 4 times last year, and snorkled well over a dozen times. Well I have decided that I want to buy some fins as I'm just not happy always renting what ever is out there, or using what is on the boat.

    What I have found out is that since my kicking is slightly different now with the one leg that I do not like the fins with the buckle, and prefer and find easier to use the full foot fins.

    My question is this, I also love to snorkle, and "freedive" I can regularly hit 40 feet with just the average crap fin, and want to get something that is kind of the best of both worlds. The longer "meter" fins look like they would be awesome to use when I'm just snorkleing or free diving with friends, but how do they work with a tank on your back?

    Does anyone have any recomendations, either from experience or just past knowledge?

    went ahead and attached 2 pics of my fun under water experience in the BVI's.

    Thanks all in advance!! ;)


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  2. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    whoops looks like no pics until i get a few more posts.

    Hang on.
     
  3. danvolker

    danvolker SFDJ Dive Team

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    Freediving fins are definately the way to go for you.
    I use them both for freediving and for scuba ( including single tank diving and even dry suit dives with double tanks on---with drysuit I had to get a pair of open heel freedive fins).

    Visit New Dive R fins-product photos - Spearboard Spearfishing Community
    and Dive R blades, diverR FINS, ray powell blades, - for a look at what I consider to be the best option for you....the efficiency and power of these fins could easily allow you to outswim most two legged divers with the normal nonsense fins pushed by the industry. For diving doubles with a drysuit, I use the stiffest blade they make ( not really stiff feeling at all--this is just relative)...For the drysuit, and open heel became a necessity, so I use the Riffe open heel foot pockets with them.
    You should email the manufacturer directly and see if you can buy a single full foot fin. They are a small enough company that they may well decide to work with you on this.
    These fins are exponentially better than Cressis or Omers or Mares or the other mass produced brands.
     
  4. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    Thank you so much. I'll be in touch.
     
  5. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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  6. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    thanks again for the info. They are going to make me a custom set up, a bit wider as well and two stiffness' so I can have "two useable" fins.
     
  7. theonetruerat

    theonetruerat Angel Fish

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    I've built a Several dive legs over the years now. Two for a above the knee amputees and three-ish for below the knee. The effectiveness of the prosthesis goes down the shorter the residual limb. For a short above the knee amputee the free dive fins are really the way to go.
     
  8. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    I'm actually a hip disartic. But i do have a small stump where some calcium grew.
     
  9. danvolker

    danvolker SFDJ Dive Team

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    They are nothing like normal fin companies...these fins are fantastic. I look forward to hearing how well this solutioin works for you.
     
  10. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    I was talking to Ray, and he is making the fins, should be ready by Monday. I'm so excited!!!
     
  11. theonetruerat

    theonetruerat Angel Fish

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    I know a scuba diving hip disartic.. . Whenever I find a really nice single fin while diving I give it to him. He now has quite the assortment to choose from.
     
  12. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    That is awesome!!! :)
     
  13. CAPTAIN SINBAD

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

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    Hey man! People like you are an inspiration to me. Those pics are so freaking awesome. Let me know when you get your fins. Id love to go diving with you sometime.
     
  14. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    Thanks Sinbad!

    I love to dive. I hope my fins are coming still... Ray hasn't been back in touch with me.... :(

    I ordered a fin bag too, but not sure it will fit.. Ray said my fins will be 650mm long and 150mm wide... the bag only says it fits 11 inches (150mm is right at 12...) but it was the biggest bag I could find... :(

    I guess I should invest in a better mask next, then a dive computer lol :)
     
  15. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    well guess I'll have to go buy a temp fin :(

    Ray wasn't able to finish my fin before he left the country on an expedition so I won't get mine before I leave:( guess I'll have to plan another diving trip lol....

    Now off to find some cheap fins I guess. Anyone have any in houston they don't use anymore lol? ;)
     
  16. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    well I finally got the DiveR blade and its' freaking awesome!!! It's huge though so not sure how well it will work with a pack on in groups.

    If anyone knows any other amputees that would be interested in buying a non custom blade let me know or please get me in contact with them. We could buy one of DiveR's regular sets and just split the set up and they would be really reasonable then. I'll even pick up the shipping and what not. Otherwise I guess I'll just order another set or a smaller custom fin....????

    Thanks all!
     
  17. danvolker

    danvolker SFDJ Dive Team

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    glad you like the fin!
    The DiveR fins are not like any other freedive fins...they are their own category of fin, far beyond anything else.
     
  18. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    I can for sure tell that and can't wait to try it. I can just tell by the way it's made and moves it will be amazing, kind of why I'd like to get a shorter one for pack diving, but just don't wanna drop the coin again lol. Working on building up my gear now. BCD picked up, now to get a reg and a computer. Spear gun ordered as well he he he;)

    Thought maybe there would be another amputee on here that might be interested.
     
  19. Domsz06

    Domsz06 Angel Fish

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    some pics of my fin :)


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