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Normal Fins vs Split Fins

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Advokat, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. Advokat

    Advokat Solo Diver

    Hey,I currently dive with cheap low quality fins and now I'm looking to get something of high quality. Is there much difference of split fins vs normal fins diving?What are advantages and disadvantages?thanks!
  2. cowboyneal

    cowboyneal Instructor, Scuba

    My IDC instructor (a crazy Navy Seal guy) called split fins "weenie fins."

  3. herman

    herman Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh,North Carolina
    There are several big debates on this board, you just picked one of them. In a nut shell, there are those who love them and those who do not ,so there is no real good answer to your question. The best answer is for you to try a couple of pairs of them and see if YOU like them. After all, your the one who has to use them. I would also suggest you try some quality blade fins as well.
    Personally, I prefer a quality blade fin.
  4. SkullDeformity

    SkullDeformity Barracuda

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hilo, HI and Issaquah, WA
    OH MY GOD do a search before I explode.
  5. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kihei, Maui & Vancouver, WA
    I agree, first do a search and read to your heart's content. THEN before you buy anything based on anyone's recommendation alone, TRY THE DIFFERENT TYPES in the pool. Not just one pair of splits and one pair of paddles, but the different brands as well. Find the fins you like best and buy them. Who cares what the rest of us wear?
  6. Eskasi

    Eskasi Barracuda

    Many threads on this....you should search this forum...
  7. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Punta Gorda, Fl.
    My head is going to explode.
  8. kidspot

    kidspot Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Mililani, Hawaii
    As mentioned above this is one of the big "hot" button topics on the board - you might start here http://www.scubaboard.com/showthread.php?t=162021 as for doing a search, try searching on split vs paddle fins in the fin forum.

    Have fun deciding :)

    Aloha, Tim
  9. BabyDuck

    BabyDuck Orca

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Winterville, NC
    things to remember about 'search' - if you're searching for something with fewer than 4 letters, use the wildcard '*', like 'DIR*' or you won't get results.

    also, if you find any thread that's close, read it then look at the very bottom to the place with 'similar threads'. like at the bottom of this thread - several with similar titles and hopefully helpful information. that's a great way to surf scubaboard!

    and plain ol' ordinary jetfins. there are no other acceptable options. :wink:
  10. wjknobles

    wjknobles Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Big Pine Key, FL
    to save the time of a search all i have to say is IMO split fins are fine for drift dives and such where you are just kinda coasting along, when you need to be more precise in your movements there is nothing like a pair of stiff, solid blade fins

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