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Duck Feet Fins

Discussion in 'History of Scuba Diving: Tales from the Abyss' started by aquajedi, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. aquajedi

    aquajedi Angel Fish

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    Here is the collection of research aided by Dr. Sam Miller. Hope you enjoy and please feel free to provide feedback. Thanks



    The History of: Duck Feet
     
  2. aquajedi

    aquajedi Angel Fish

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    Excerpt
    "In the early twentieth century watermen witnessed swim fins evolve from sticky palm fronds to meticulously manufactured tools. One of the largest steps in that process was taken by Arthur H. Brown. Arthur is described as an expert diver in his day. At the time, Churchill Swim Fins were the only option for increased propulsion in the Ocean. He imagined a fin that provided more thrust and floated. This new symmetrical fin would stand in stark contrast to it’s predecessors and create die-hard fans from the very beginning."
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  3. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thank you for your postings. I'm sure others more qualified will comment.
     
  4. northernone

    northernone Instructor, Scuba Staff Member

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    Fascinating write-up. The development of the materials involved was of particular interest to me.

    Cameron.
    (Commenting, but not more qualified)
     
  5. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

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    I took my full foot Duck Feet fins to the pool today, and enjoyed getting them wet. These fins are very comfortable, and while not as powerful as my Giant U.D.T. Duck Feet, they were certainly very acceptable. I swam laps with them, did some surface dives, and simply enjoyed the water with them.

    I have two sets of full foot Duck Feet, and the other set is marked "blemished." The other set is in better shap (this set has some minor cracking on the rubber surface), but has the rib extending right across the toes. This set has th toes free f the center rib, which makes them more comfortable

    John
     
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  6. seadweller

    seadweller Dive Charter

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    Great posting on the history of Duck Feet ! I worked with a fellow 30 years ago and he had
    a pair and loved them !
    Sea Dwellers
     
  7. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

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    I used mine yesterday in the pool. They still perform well, but I cannot use them in open water until it warms up, as they only fit over my thin pool booties.

    SeaRat
     

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