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Snorkelling Fins - Open Heel

The Open Heel snorkelling fin design is one that was originally designated as a cold water style which required the use of additional footwear in order to be used. The design of the foot pocket included an adjustable strap which allows for a more customised fit, but the foot pocket portion is usually made of a more rigid material. Wearing wet suit boots, water shoes or neoprene socks is required to prevent chaffing and irritation caused by the rigid material in the foot pocket on bare feet. Though known as cold water fins, these are also suitable for warm water use as well. Common names for this fin style are strap, cold water, pocket and open pocket.

There is a warm water, barefoot open heel snorkelling fin design that has been introduced which has been becoming increasingly popular with snorkelers. In this barefoot open heel design you will notice that the foot pocket uses the same flexible material as is found in the full foot design. This is still a strap design, but like the full foot is designed to be worn on bare feet. Having an adjustable heel strap means that the size range for a particular pair will be more generous than the full foot style. This is great if you are looking for someone whose feet are still growing. Be aware that there may be width issues as these are mostly engineered for average foot widths of your bare foot. These will not accommodate wetsuit boots or water shoes but may allow for the lycra or neoprene socks because they have no soles on them. You will see the bare foot strap fins more with the travel design than you will with the traditional length style.

The original Open Heel fins, intended to be used with dive boots, come into their own when entry to the water involves walking over rocks and rough surfaces. The boots/shoes worn will protect your feet. Then you slip on your fins at the water's edge. Whereas with full foot fins and warm water open heel fins, you have to walk barefoot to the water's edge with no protection for your feet. Please check out our range of Boots/Socks for use with original Open Heel snorkelling fins.

Need more information? Then please check out our Snorkelling Fins Buying Guide.

The Ant, 13th Beach

Reef Dive Reef Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site

The Ant 13th Beach Ledges
The Ant 13th Beach Ledges
#169; Phil Watson

Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 8 m (26 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

The Ant, 13th Beach lies west of the Barwon Heads 13th Beach Surf Life Savings Club on Thirteenth Beach, Connewarre and west of Barwon Heads on Victoria's Surf Coast facing south into Bass Strait.

This site makes for exhilarating snorkelling and diving when conditions permit. There are masses of crayweed over loose rounded stones and boulders plus wonderful marine life.

Thirteenth Beach: The name is taken from the close proximity of the beach to the thirteenth hole of the Barwon Heads Golf Course. Thirteenth Beach is part of the 7 kilometres long section of coast between Barwon Heads (to the east) and Black Rock (to the west) and faces essentially due south. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 metres, is moderately sloping and is in places fronted by bars. Strong permanent rips lie east of the Barwon Heads 13th Beach Surf Life Savings Club. Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary lies at the eastern end of 13th Beach. The western end is adjacent to the Black Rock sewer outlet and should be avoided. The beach is backed by a vegetated foredune for most of its length, including Barwon Heads to Torquay Road.

The Ant Parking
The Ant Parking
© Google Street View

Location: Connewarre, Victoria 3227
MELWAY Ref: Page 496 D5
Beach Marker: 36W

Parking: When heading south from Barwon Heads on Ewing Blyth Drive it curves right and becomes Thirteenth Beach Road. The first car park on the southern side of Thirteenth Beach Road after you pass the Barwon Heads 13th Beach Surf Life Saving Club is where you need to be. If you see lots of white water, head on home. If conditions are right, gear up, and walk down onto Thirteenth Beach using the steps at the western end of the car park.

Entry/Exit: From The Ant, 36W on Thirteenth Beach.

Ideal Conditions: Thirteenth Beach is a popular surf beach with plenty of strong permanent rips. Conditions need to be very calm with little wind, flat seas, and no swell to safely snorkel or dive here. The beach faces faces south, so light offshore northerly winds can be acceptable. See WillyWeather (Thirteenth Beach) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Bass Strait Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive in Bass Strait on Victoria's coastline. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-in-bass-strait before diving or snorkelling this site.

Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country
Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes the coastline of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-east, the Bellarine Peninsula, and down to Cape Otway in the south-west. We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.


The Ant, 13th Beach Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.110′ S   (38.285171° S / 38° 17′ 6.62″ S)
Longitude: 144° 27.346′ E   (144.455773° E / 144° 27′ 20.78″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2022-04-02 16:47:12 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-03 12:39:34 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Horse Beach, 13th Beach, 1,511 m, bearing 285°, WNW
Connewarre, Surf Coast.
Depth: 1 to 8 m.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.


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