You know how big difference means swimming and diving with long blade freediving fins compare to scuba fins. And you might also noticed how many different models are on the market nowadays and it seems difficult the find the right ones if you are new in the world of freediving. Don’t get lost, we show you the best entry-level freediving fins!
Characteristic of entry-level freediving fins
Entry-level in this case does not mean these fins are designed for amateurs only. Beginner long-blade fins have many upsides that make them ideal to use in most conditions, but also some downsides you need to consider before your purchase decision. Let’s see what key points you need to check before you buy freediving fins (to be fully competent on the topic make sure to read our choosing fins for freediving guide too)
Most beginner freedive fins come with fixed blades. These are the simplest, cheapest models. You just buy them, and they are ready-to-use without any maintenance, it is just simple! Downside is that if you want to upgrade your fins as you progress your freedive skills, you have to buy a new pair. If you wish to have the flexibility of an optional blade upgrade, buy modular freedive fins. The beginner modular models are equipped with normal plastic blades, they are just a little bit pricier than fix-blade models, but later you can upgrade to fiber glass blades or even carbon if you would go for better performance.
Entry-level freediving fins come with plastic blade that lasts longer than fragile carbon ones. Simple plastic blade fins are often used by advanced freedivers, spearfishers too thanks to the great durability and lower sensitivity. Some divers use simple, inexpensive plastic blade fins for fun-dives or diving in rocky areas, and save their fiberglass model for training and boat diving when the risk of damages is lower.
If you decide to choose fixed blades entry-level freediving fins, check if the stiffness will suit your body type (search for the manufacturer’s advice on the hardness). Generally, for beginner freedivers or for those who swim long distances on the surface, the best is to have soft, medium-soft blades. It is really a pain to swim on the surface with rigid, hard blades! Of course, if you have strong leg-muscles and/or have bigger body type, go for medium or hard, since a soft blade won’t be enough powerful for you to push your body mass through the water.
Yes, freedive fins for beginners are the most affordable ones! If you lose/damage them, you don’t need to rob the bank to get a new pair. Don’t decide on the price only, to find the best freedive fins that suit you the most, determine clearly your needs and future goals.
The best entry-level freediving fins
Fix-blade freedive fins
Cheap freedive fins for beginner freedivers, but perfect for those too who want an inexpensive model that you can use on rocks without worrying about damaging an expensive one.
Foot pockets are made of the thermoplastic rubber (same material that used in high-end foot pockets). Highly flexible, efficient and strong polypropylene composite blades. MAKO HUNTER is designed to maximize thrust and stability.
Tip: if you don’t mind to pay a few more bucks, go for the interchangeable MAKO Competition model which is easy to upgrade later on!
- Freediving Fins with Polypropylene Composite Blades designed to maximize thrust and stability
- Our foot pockets are soft for comfort where needed, but stiffer where needed for increased transfer of energy
- These are probably the finest entry level freedive fins available.
- Available in size 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13
CRESSI GARA 2000 HF
Extraordinarily light entry-level freediving fins with great effort-efficiency ratio. Very reactive while deep diving but performing well on the surface too. Cressi Gara 2000 HF is one of the best, very popular model among beginner and advanced freedivers too.
Soft elastomer anatomically foot pockets for the perfect transmission of the leg-fin thrust. A suitably solid copolymer hardens some critical zones, and is extended along the sides in two lateral stringers, which go halfway along the blade to regulate and harmonize bending, at the same time protecting from shocks and abrasions. Reactive, lightweight polypropylene blades that progressively charge up during the stride to take off like a spring at the exact moment the stride is inverted.
Tip: Blades are rather hard, if you need a soft blade freediving fin, go for Gara 3000 LD.
- Worlds first fin made by combining 3 different materials that unsurpassable performance.
- Made with a special polypropylene to ensure reactivity and lightness at the same time.
- A soft elastomer anatomically wraps around the foot which s perfect transmission of the leg-fin thrust.
- This fin is designed for deep skin-diving, although some Scuba professionals and instructors appreciate it a great deal.
- Can comfortably be worn with or without neoprene socks.
CRESSI GARA 3000 LD
Designed especially for entry-level freedivers with softer blades that require less muscle effort and make Gara 3000 ideal for long-distance diving. Cressi targeted beginner freedivers with Gara 3000 LD, those who are not familiar using long blade fins. Comfortable and easy on the legs during long dives too. Foot pocket made with 3 material molding process to ensure flexibility.
Manufacturer’s recommendation: If you wear your fin with neoprene socks order the shoe size you wear. If you plan to wear them bare feet go one size lower. Fit for narrow to medium wide feet.
- The structure of the Gara 3000 LD is identical to the greatly-appreciated Gara 3000, but the material of the blade, which is softer, is what makes them stand out.The LD in the 3000 LD stands for Long Distance, indicating the main use of the product, and these fins have emerged from the need to offer enthusiasts increasingly powerful fins, which are however less demanding than the Gara 3000 fins.
- Less muscle effort is required for kicking so divers can use them for longer, making them perfect to use many hours in a row.
- The softer blade is also very suitable for use in cold water, which is notorious for its tendency to stiffen materials and make them less flexible.
BEUCHAT MUNDIAL ONE
High-quality, versatile, cheap beginner freediving fins. Easy to travel with them thanks to the semi-long (50 cm) technopolymer blades. Reactivity and comfort meet in Mundial One. The blade’s fishtail shape provides better water flow and helps the easy guiding of the blade. Fit for medium wide foot, although it is available from size 39, therefore it can be a good starting model for women too. Foot pocket made of thermoplastic elastomer with reinforced instep.
Tip: Beuchat has modular models too like Beuchat Mundial Sport which it just slightly more expensive, check it out!
Modular entry-level freediving fins
Great fins for money! Dual rubber compound foot pockets with polypropylene blades for comfort and performance, with the option to upgrade later.
Thermo-rubber foot pocket with two different hardness for the best comfort and performance with anti-slip patterns on the heel. Green part offering a soft and comfortable contact with the ankle and toes, harder black part transmits power from the leg to the blade without dispersion. With water rails to eliminate skidding and greatly improve performance.
Tip: Sporasub designed a model especially for women with narrow feet named Sporasub Lady Spitfire in the size of 37-39.
- Sporasub Spitfire dual rubber compound foot pockets
- Polypropylene fin blades with water rails
- Most comfortable foot pocket on the market
- Made in China
CRESSI GARA MODULAR
Gara Modular is one of the best freediving fins available on the market today with comfortable, great fitting foot pocket and blade upgrade option. To be honest, Gara Modular is a more advanced fin, but thanks to its great price we highly recommend for beginner freedivers too. Lightweight and reactive thermo-plastic interchangeable blades.
Comfortable, composite material, self-adjusting foot pockets: soft rubber around the foot arch and a rigid part along the sides and traction surface.
Note: Gara Modular foot pocket is wider than the other Gara models. Manufacturer recommends to use it with neoprene socks for the best fit. Freedivers advise buying one size smaller.
- Long blade with full foot pocket system makes this a perfect choice for deep free diving and spear fishing and for divers of all levels.
- Interchangeable system that allows the diver to replace the blade for specific diving situations. Ideal to follow increases the diving skill level.
- Very lightweight and reactive and also well-adapted for the most demanding-of-free-diving use.
- Blade snap, which progressively charges during the fining upward stride, reacts like a spring at the exact moment the stride is inverted.
- The Gara Modular foot pocket is wider than the other Gara fin models. We suggest to use it with neoprene socks in order to have a proper fit.
Inexpensive modular fins designed for narrow feet, available in small sizes too. Foot pockets made of thermoplastic rubber with dual material density for maximum comfort and performance. The normal plastic blades are relatively soft, with focus on the flexibility and reactivity. Highly recommended entry-level freediving fins for those who spend longer time swimming on the surface. You can change the blade to Camo or upgrade to fibrex or Motus Carbon. Most commercial blades from other brands fit Seac foot pocket.
Advice: get your shoe size pockets if you want to wear them with 2-3 mm neoprene socks. If your feet are really narrow, go one size lower.
- Designed for free diving and spearfishing
- Interchangeable blade made from special tech no polymer that maximizes flexibility and reactivity
- Long blades maximize thrust, minimizing work
- Hard thermoplastic rubber foot pocket with dual material density
- SEAC motus free diving fins