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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.

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Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself - Happy Diver, Happy Life!

Tired of getting socks for Christmas when you really want a Shearwater dive computer? There's a logical solution — buy the gift yourself. After all, you know what you want. Is this idea too radical for you? Do you believe it's better to give than to receive? Here are five reasons why you should buy yourself a gift this holiday season.

1. — It Will Make You Happy

When you buy yourself a gift, it makes you happy. Everybody knows happy people are more helpful, more productive, and generally more pleasant to be around. So, stop being a grumpy curmudgeon. Buy yourself that new mask, dive computer, or wetsuit. If you won't do it for yourself, then do it for those around you — if you're happy, they're happy!

2. — 'Tis the Season for Great Deals

From Black Friday onward, the holiday season is replete with amazing deals. Why wait until after the New Year when everything costs more? Take advantage of that pre-Christmas sale. Enjoy that Cyber Week sales extravaganza while prices are low. Get in on that summer solstice celebration while everything is marked down. Now is the time to shop at our comprehensive online dive shop, or drop into our store in Rye, and grab that underwater video light or BCD you've had your eye on!

3. — You'll Get Exactly What You Want

Non divers tend to buy divers weird things. They just don't understand what we're really into. Unless you're able to telepathically coerce gift givers into buying the right stuff, scuba divers will get spearguns, freedivers will get catch bags, spearos will get ocean debris bags, snorkellers will get regulators — you get the idea. That's why you should do your loved ones a favour and buy the gift yourself.

4. — You Want Really Expensive Stuff

You want a Backscatter MW-4300 Dual Video Light and Tray Package; your loved ones have a $150 spending limit. The solution? Buy the item yourself. That way, you're not making your friends and family feel like cheapskates. Of course, you can always ask them to get you Scuba Doctor Gift Certificates and put the money toward what you really want. See? Everybody wins.

5. — Everything Is in Short Supply

If you've tried to buy anything over the past few months, it hasn't been easy. With millions of shipping containers stuck off the coasts of ports around the world, goods are scarce. And, if you can't find a turkey, a jar of pork gravy, or multi-ply toilet paper, do you really think getting your hands on that specific drysuit you've been coveting is going to be easy? Here's our advice: If you find exactly what you want in our online dive shop, then get it while the getting's good! It may be gone tomorrow. And, since the next shipment is probably floating somewhere on a ship, it may be a while until you can get another one.

Here's the reality: Your loved ones are about to buy you useless holiday gifts. While their intentions are probably honourable, your non diving loved ones are unlikely to get you what you want. And, here at The Scuba Doctor, we want everybody to enjoy a happy, drama-free holiday season chock-full of joyous diving and snorkelling adventures. That's why you should buy the gift yourself. Just don't forget to say thank-you to yourself.


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