Order print   subscribe new

KitGuides TopKitKitReviews


3 Fins For Beginners

As part of our kit for beginners series, Neil Hope looks at three options for fins...

Despite having tried many, many, types of different fins over the years I've only just 'retired' my inexpensive and heard-wearing original pair. They've certainly stood the test of time and have now been passed on to my sixteen year-old son. Look at your options - if you're diving in warm water perhaps a lightweight full-foot fin is the answer while for colder climates remember that drysuit boots do tend to be larger than wetsuit versions, so a fin with the capability to adapt to both will prove more economical than purchasing two different size.


Oceanic Viper 

Oceanic Viper Beginner Fins

Available in bothopen heel and full foot versions, Oceanic's Viper is a lightweight fin featuring a flexible channel built in to the blade to capture and control water as it flows during the kick cycle and thus improve thrust. A good choice for trips abroad.

Price: £25.99 - £44.99www.oceanicuk.com


Cressi Frog Plus 

Cressi Frog plus Beginner Fins

The Frog Plus is manufactured using three different materials: a rubber foot pocket, a techno polymer for the blade's rigid sections and a flexible silicone to allow the blade to curve. Allied to this design is Cressi's decision to fix the blade at the top of the foot pocket and thus increase the working surface by 20% to increase power.

PRICE: £64.95www.cressi.co.uk


Mares Avanti Quattro Plus

Mares Avanti Quattro plus Beginner Fins

The latest version of this popular open heel design fin uses a four channel blade to provide excellent thrust and efficiency while the bungee cord replacement for the original's buckle and adjustable strap makes donning and removal so much easier.

PRICE: £96 | www.mares.com



Love diving? You'll love these. Sign up today to immediately download our unique FREE gifts -

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WRECKS - DIVE's 70-page, beautifully illustrated, colour guide to the world’s best wrecks

SCUBA STORIES - DIVE's collection of real life stories where divers, who have got themselves into perilous situations, describe how they reacted and what actions they took to ensure they lived to tell the tale

PACIFICHighlights of the Pacific - Dancing mantas in Hawaii • The Best Diving in the World, Galápagos, Cocos, Malpelo & Socorro • Mass Spawning Events in Palau



Destinations Spotlight

Need inspiration for your next dive trip? Try one of our featured destinations from DIVE's travel partners.

sidebar bahamas sidebar philippines sidebar mexico sidebar fijisidebar st helena

DIVE Partners

WAKATOBI DIVE-online-300x100-B Siladen 300x100 Aggressor 300x100 Fisheye banner 300 x 100 Dive Worldwide Oblu 100px X 300pxparalenzuk2


Read DIVE magazine

DIVE magazine is available to read on many devices. Simply click one one of the options below

PCMac final
Apple finalAndroid final