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The right snorkeling fins are the difference between slicing through the water like a marlin or exhausting yourself between breaths. Snorkeling fins are available in the same styles as scuba fins, namely: full foot or adjustable foot pockets, and paddle or split blades. Here's a brief explainer of the different types of snorkeling fins:
Full foot snorkeling fins: no socks or dive booties needed. Great for warm-water snorkeling.
Adjustable snorkeling fins: wear with dive boots so the heel strap doesn't chafe. Fit a wider range of feet. If you're snorkeling off the beach or on rocky shores, you'll probably be wearing something to protect your feet anyway.
Split snorkeling fins: high propulsion and less resistance with each kick. Great for those with knee problems.
Paddle-type snorkeling fins: require more muscle to get moving through the water, but have a greater top speed.
Whichever type of snorkeling fins you ultimately choose, make sure they fit comfortably without squeezing your toes or your snorkeling won't be comfortable. For all snorkeling fins, choose based on your shoe size. Remember you'll need dive boots to protect your heels when wearing adjustable or open-heel snorkeling fins.
Atomic's full-foot fins are great snorkeling fins. Atomic SplitFins have a flexible blade designed to kick very easily and slice through the water, generating maximum propulsion with very little drag. You'll zip through the water like a dolphin -- more thrust, less effort. And less effort means less oxygen consumption, so you'll be able to squeeze more seconds of exploration out of every breath. We recommend Atomic full-foot fins for snorkeling and they're also great for spearfishing, too.
For more control and higher maneuverability in tight spaces, we recommend the Atomic X1 Bladefin for snorkeling. These Atomic snorkeling fins support alternate kicking styles like frog and scissor (if you're not a flutter-kicker, these might be the snorkeling fins for you).