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Best Fins for leg cramps AND dealing with current

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by pediatron, May 5, 2013.

  1. pediatron

    pediatron Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Reno, Nevada
    I am looking to possibly replace my current fins (Apollo BioFins). I have been having leg cramps almost every dive. I also struggle in current others can deal with more easily. I can't seem to get my leg strength up (have always had trouble with stairs/ladders esp with gear on -- have to use my arms mostly). With these limitations, any suggestions on a better choice for fins or do I have the best option?
  2. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    Where are your leg cramps?

    I've found Force Fins very effective in relieving strain (and cramps) on my calves. I've had a few lower leg issues during/since my military career, so was recommended Force Fins a decade ago. Never looked back since. They have more than adequate propulsion also (even in current, w/4+ cylinders).
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  3. supergaijin

    supergaijin Dive Shop

    I like freediving fins for current. They give a lot of power for very little effort however they're pigs to travel with.

    Stiffer fins such as Jets will tend to give you more cramps. Ideally you'll want a more flexible blade which 'snaps' back to give propulsion. Some fins are too soft- OK for snorkeling but fold like paper in current.

    A wake up/nightime (ie. when brushing teeth) regiment of lifting yourself up on your toes should strengthen calves. Thighs are conditioned through squatting motions- so remove your toilet seat and see the results in a couple of weeks! :)
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  4. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    It's probably not the fins, especially given what you say about leg strength. No matter what fin you use, if you want to push yourself against a current, you need muscle power. HERE is a link to some information about improving strength and minimizing cramping (there is also another article on the same site about the myths of diver leg cramps, which is good reading.)
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  5. Scott L

    Scott L Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Palm Beach, FL
    Dive Rite's fins keep coming to mind as a possible compromise in power vs. output, needed for sites with current.
  6. pediatron

    pediatron Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Reno, Nevada
    I appreciate all of the responses. I did see a neurologist last week and confirmed that I do have a problem with the strength in the muscles of my thighs (being worked up). So if I am unable to increase strength, does anyone have any suggestions of the best fins to use to maximize the power that I can produce? Thanks.
  7. Dsix36

    Dsix36 Solo Diver

  8. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Puerto Galera, Philippines
    Get a DPV
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  9. coralcruiser

    coralcruiser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chandler, Arizona
    I switched over to force fin pros a year ago...had used atomic splits for many years and loved them but started getting cramping in my calves. I'm not a strong swimmer by any means but on my last trip to Roatan, the dive guide actually asked me to slow down so he could keep up with me! :)
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  10. Progen

    Progen Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Malaysia
    I think pediatron, you might want to consider experimenting with different finning techniques too instead of rushing out to spend money.

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