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The difference between a Dive Fin and a Snorkel Fin

by Corné Ligtermoet
The difference between dive and snorkel fins

There are many different kinds of fins which are used for diving and snorkeling. But there is a big difference between a dive fin and a snorkel fin! Let’s find out what.

Dive fin snorkel fin

Snorkel fin

Most of the time a snorkel fin doesn’t need to have as many features as a dive fin. Historic seen snorkel fin has a full foot pocket, but now a days you find more and more open heel snorkel fins. And I think this is a big improvement. When you have a open heel snorkel fin you can make the fin fit exactly to your feet. With a full foot this isn’t possible because you can’t adjust anything. So when you want to buy a snorkel fin go for a open heel, you don’t need a shoe for a open heel snorkel fin. But what is the main difference with a dive fin. A snorkel fin is normally a lot smaller and less wide, so you don’t need a lot strength in your legs. But when you go diving with a snorkeling fin you will miss this power.

Diving Fins

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So are you faster with a diving fin while snorkeling? Nope, a diving fin is a lot bigger and when you fin it will takes a lot of power to get through the surface of the water. A dive fin has a lot of features such as channels, where the water go through. All those features are engaged when you are underwater, so on the surface they don’t work. If we look at the Tusa Hyperflex, this is a extremely light fin with a lot of power under water. When we used it on the surface it was nowhere close to a good snorkel fin.


It is possible to snorkel with diving fins and vice versa. But is it wise?! Nope. When you got a lot current it’s wise to have to correct fins in every situation!

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