Freediving Fins Vs Snorkeling Fins

How do freediving fins compare to snorkeling fins? I currently use (and love) a pair of Mares Volo Race fins, but I have been growing curious about freediving fins such as the Mares Razor Pro. Can the freediving fins be as easy to maneuver as snorkeling fins or are these two types of fins used in completely different ways one for maneuvering in coral reef and one for deeper reef for example?

Thanks.

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Oct 08, 2014
Snorkel Fins For Coral Exploration
by: Galen & Nicole

Yes, stick with your snorkel fins if you are moving around corals. They allow much more maneuverability. Particularly when there is any surge, currents or waves making this more difficult. You will damage the coral more because of the lack of control with free-diving fins.

Free-diving fins allow for rapid decent without using as much energy when free-diving. But they are not really designed for exploring close to reefs.

Dec 06, 2014
Blade length is the difference
by: Anonymous

Freediving fins are usually characterized by the long blade as compared to traditional "snorkeling" fins with medium to short length blades. In order to allow any fin to push a person through the water, you need to give the fin blade enough room to work. With long blade fins, this means you need a much longer kick stroke. Both the down-stroke and the up-stroke. It's difficult to do this when swimming at the surface of the water with a long blade fin on.

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