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 (on Amazon), but I have been growing curious about freediving fins such as the Mares Razor Pro (on Amazon). 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?


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Galen & Nicole – Oct 8, 2014 – Snorkel Fins for Coral Reef Exploration

Yes, stick with your snorkeling fins if you are moving around coral reefs. 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 freediving fins.

Freediving fins allow for rapid descent without using as much energy when freediving. But they are not really designed for exploring close to reefs.

Anonymous – Dec 6, 2014 – Blade Length Is the Difference

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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