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How to get out through surf in fins?

Walk backwards. The fins will have the least trouble with the water if you walk backwards.
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Technique for swimming with fins?

I am a 25+ year scuba divemaster. Alas, poor fin kicking technique is very common, even among experienced scuba divers. First of all, selection of a fin which is too flexible is better than one ...
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What to consider when buying fins for recreational snorkeling?

Here are some things I've noticed in my relatively limited snorkeling experience: Fins with straps are quite annoying. The strap never really holds well, and you already have enough problems being ...
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What to consider when buying fins for recreational snorkeling?

The first thing to understand is that fins are not strictly necessary snorkeling gear; I've often snorkeled without them. Fins compensate for not using hands while swimming. If you have an underwater ...
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How to get out through surf in fins?

Walk sideways like a crab. Every time a wave comes, stop and brace yourself. First it is easier to walk sideways while wearing fins, second it reduces the surface area that the wave hits. Just take ...
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How to get out through surf in fins?

Walking backwards is the usual way for a short distance. For a longer distance, I hold my fins in my hands and wade out. When it's deep enough you put them on. This is a bit of a skill. Wait for a ...
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What to consider when buying fins for recreational snorkeling?

Since most high-tech fins are made for scuba diving, you may want to consider wearing small 1.5mm neoprene dive booties with dive fins. This eliminates several issues with: fin straps falling ...
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What to consider when buying fins for recreational snorkeling?

I'll say full boot (more comfortable, and you don't need to buy booties), open toe (for water and sand to drain), solid (more sturdy against accidental strikes), and on the shorter end of the models. ...
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Technique for swimming with fins?

It seems like you buy bodysurf/bodyboard fins as @Brent point it out. Lifeguard (like me) enjoy it too, as it allow you to do medium length sprint (50 to 100 meters, like 100 to 300 feet) at record ...
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Technique for swimming with fins?

Just to clarify, short, stiff fins are often preferred by body-surfers (and I believe body-boarders, although I don't body-board) for several reasons: The swimmer usually has only a handful of kicks ...
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Technique for swimming with fins?

Firstly, I must ask, is this for surface swimming (e..g snorkling) or for diving? I myself get so fed up with trying to use fins for surface swimming that I simply refuse to anymore, and I think for ...
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