Atomic Aquatics Split Fins
These have been the fins of choice for our dive shop Instructors, and only after thorough testing. There are plenty of other "good" fins out there, but when we actually were taught how to kick these properly the "ah ha" moment hit.
In many of our scuba training classes, we let new divers who are using traditional paddle fins try them out. They are often frustrated at the extremely reduced amount of stress and fatigue, compared to the fins they've been diving with.
For recreational scuba divers, this is the answer to great speed without the strain.
Why Split Fins deliver more propulsion with less air consumption
All it took was watching the tail fins of fish – except that we couldn't keep up with them because our traditional fins took too much effort. Using hard kicking paddle fins can result in leg strain, fatigue and cramping. Because of the kick resistance of a paddle fin, divers often “felt” like they were moving fast. But underwater speedometers proved that these divers were actually moving relatively slow. Split Fins deliver more propulsion with less drag and kick with less effort. Reducing the stress and strain of the kick results in greater sustained speed, power and comfort. Independent testing has also confirmed that the Split Fin design significantly reduces air consumption.
Not all Split Fins are the same.
Split fins come in a variety of shapes, sizes and stiffness. These contribute greatly to overall comfort and performance. A fin with short, soft blades will kick easier than a longer, stiffer one, but will require many more kicks to travel the same distance. A blade that is too stiff will require too much effort to kick comfortably. The Atomic Split Fins were specifically designed to optimize all these variables. They are easy kicking fins that deliver high thrust, speed, and efficiency with a comfortable, low frequency kick cycle.
How Atomic Aquatics Split Fins Work
Traditional paddle fins work by pushing water rearward. As a paddle fin is pushed through the water, much of the water spills over the top surface of the blade and sticks to it, creating drag. Extra kicking effort is required to overcome that drag. The Atomic SplitFin slices through the water with two wing-shaped surfaces, creating lift and forward propulsion more like a propeller. Any water traveling over the top of the blade is funneled into and out of the opening (split) between the wings. Drag is reduced, effort is reduced, and efficiency is increased making diving more efficient and enjoyable.
Reduce task loading and buckle fumbling and grab the Atomic Aquatics Spring Straps with your Split Fins and save!
Most scuba divers eventually make this upgrade after seeing another dive buddy using them. These are especially helpful when getting on and off of a dive boat.