Fins & Booties
Congratulations on your new goodies!
To get the very best out of your fins & boots, please read through the details below to ensure it gives you trouble-free use as long as possible! Whether Open Heel or Closed Heel style – your fins should last you years with proper care.
Your socks/booties are made from Neoprene, and so treating them the same way as a wetsuit is good practice.
They should fit comfortably, snug so your foot does not slip and slop around, but not tight enough to rub. Think of a well-fitting running shoe/sneaker.
Fins – Straight out of the box:
Your fins don’t need a lot of care in general, however pay attention to the buckles & straps (if Open Heel).
They should fit comfortably over your boot of choice. Try not to buy Open Heel Fins before booties, or your sizing may not be accurate when its time to look at booties! The fit should be snug enough so that the fin feels like an extension of your leg, not something extra flapping about on your foot.
Again, not too tight so that it pinches or rubs, but the foot pocket shouldn’t engulf or swallow your whole foot either. It is important to chat to a dive professional at your local shop to be fitted properly for your initial boots and fins at the least.
Most importantly, do not walk forward in fins. Not only do you risk falling forward and injuring yourself, the stress placed on the fins junction may cause them to fracture – not covered by warranty! Ensure you only shuffle backwards/sideways for locomotion.
When using boots & fins, your feet might have some positive buoyancy – this is more pronounced for ladies anatomy – with the way legs are designed, and for thicker wetsuits! If you are finding you are suffering from ‘floaty feet’ syndrome, you can opt for small ankle weights to combat this.
Before any dive excursion, take a moment to check the condition of your fin straps. Straps won’t last infinitely, as they live their usable life under tension on your foot – keep ahead of any wear marks/nicks. A spare fin strap in your emergency kit is always a good backup.
Zips (on boots) and saltwater don’t get along – to prevent corrosion, a protectant such as ‘Zip Care’ which has a brush to clean zipper teeth will prolong their life.
If your boots start to get on the nose (much like sneakers) from life on your feet – we suggest ‘Mirazyme’ – this active enzyme will eliminate the bacteria making your gear whiffy. Your feet will thank you (Your dive buddies will too!) – and it works great on wetsuits too…
Standing on your fin tips (e.g. – in the pool, because we know you wouldn’t do that on coral!) will cause the material to deform and curl under.
Try not to store black rubber of your fins next to a clear silicone product such as a dive mask. This often can cause the silicone to discolour over time – it will still work fine, just looks pretty awful – yellow/brown.
After Care – Booties & Fins
Rinse your booties in a Wetsuit-Wash This is designed to keep the neoprene in good supple condition, keep odours minimised and helps remove salt deposits from the material.
If used in chlorine, soak the boots in wetsuit wash to remove chlorine residue.
Dry your boots & fins in the shade, never in the sun.
Rinse your fins in fresh water – if they have dried with saltwater on them, or have been on repeated days of use- leave to soak for while in lukewarm freshwater.
Store your fins either flat– not upright on the fin tips. This would cause them to deform.
Ensure your booties & fins are completely dry before storing (less chance of mould growing!)
Store in a relatively cool place – not a metal storage container/parked car – where heat can accumulate.
Enjoy your new fins & booties – treat them with love and care, and they should give you years of enjoyment.