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Fins for Navy SEALs/coast guard?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by bober99, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. bober99

    bober99 Solo Diver

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    What are standard issue fins for Navy Seals or US Coast guard swimmers? I figure they want something quick on and off to get onto land. I noticed on scuba I don't need to kick very much and would prefer the convenience of easy in/out because I dive from a small inflatable, kayak or heavy surf so leaving fins on all the time both in and out of the water is prefered. Particularly, it would be nice to be able to run in the fins. I had a pair of force fins before and they worked out ok. I was wondering if shinfins.com would work?

    If I need to cover ground, I have my freediving fins.
     
  2. mdb

    mdb ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    As you know it depends on your billet and MOS. This past September the USA, USMC, and the USN special ops units all ordered Apollo bio-fins. Of course, they may have ordered other fins as well. The bio-fin pro is a great fin from a helicopter, Kyack, through surf. etc.
     
  3. Blitz

    Blitz Solo Diver

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    Once upon a time the Army used either Jetfins or USD Rockets.
     
  4. Don Burke

    Don Burke Loggerhead Turtle

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    The last time I worked with Navy divers and SEALs was 1997 and that is what they were using.
     
  5. Blitz

    Blitz Solo Diver

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    I still use them to this day. Hard to beat.
     
  6. Spoon

    Spoon Barangay Pasaway

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    most still use the jets, proven timeless design
     
  7. bober99

    bober99 Solo Diver

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    I don't think apollo fins would work well in surf. I have a pair of atomic splitfins and they're not made for walking, just waddling. Some of my free diving buddies will get up and walk backwards quickly and that usually works but I think it'd be cool to be able to get up and run for it or into surf. Jetfins work pretty well because they are curved up. if you keep your knees up and do a heel strike you can effectively run in them (well not too well but ok). Those fin fins seem even better...
     
  8. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    When I observed the training taking place at the US Navy base in Panama City a couple of years ago, all the students were wearing Rockets. The instructors looked like a typical dive boat, they had some of everything.
     
  9. TCDiver1

    TCDiver1 Ductus Exemplo ScubaBoard Supporter

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    We have a Coast Guard air station in town and the only fins i have seen the Rescue Swimmers use are Jet-fins.
     
  10. ClevelandDiver

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    The XXL Jet-fins seem like they were designed specifically to go over combat boots. I have yet to see a drysuit boot that is even close to being snug in it.
     

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