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Doing freedive training to improve my "skin diving" capabilities

PDX_Doug

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Hi, I have been watching the forum for a while and have found information that is useful to me. I am looking forward to snorkeling from a liveaboard in Cayman's later this year.
I am looking for appropriate fins. I don't have ballerino feet. That is to say, I cannot point my toes to make the top of my foot align with the front of my calf. With my toes pointed to the max the angle between the front of my calf and the bottom of my foot is approximately 50°. Top of foot to calf is about 25°. From photos it appears that most divers' fins align with the fronts of their calfs. So I think am going to need fins with a very large blade angle. I have not found a comparative chart showing the blade angles of fins from various suppliers so I am collecting what information I can and I will have to call manufacturers of fins for which I can't find information online - unless someone knows where I can find that information? The highest blade angle number I have found so far is 22°.
I will also be looking for a freedive computer/watch.
Since my 74 year old eyes see much more with corrective lenses, I am also looking for - but not finding - a low volume mask I can buy with corrective lenses.
Other than those small matters I think I am ready to go skin diving with my scuba mask which has corrective lenses - and my scuba fins. With the fins I need to bend my knees to get decent thrust. That certainly creates significant drag - probably almost enough to offset the efficiency gained with the improved fin angle that I achieve by bending my knees.
 

BatRay

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Hello, welcome to Deeperblue! A liveaboard in the Caymans sounds like paradise. The fin question depends on the type of diving you plan to do. If it's not demanding, a pair of comfortable scuba fins or soft-bladed fins should be fine. Some websites list fin angle for certain manufacturers. A quick look at scubastore showed angle was listed for some of their offerings. It may also help to use the forum search for the 'prescription mask' to see what has been posted in the past.

Glad you could join us, and best of luck finding the equipment needed.
 

PDX_Doug

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Some websites list fin angle for certain manufacturers. A quick look at scubastore showed angle was listed for some of their offerings. It may also help to use the forum search for the 'prescription mask' to see what has been posted in the past.

Glad you could join us, and best of luck finding the equipment needed.
Thank you BatRay. I found 29° Cressi fins at scubastore. With additional probing the internet I found that many leaderfins can be ordered with 33° blade angle - though 20° is standard. Since I won't be going deep, my scuba mask with corrective lenses will probably have to suffice. Still scanning through the forums.
 
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