Swim Fins

So far I’ve only written about footwear worn on land, but footwear can be worn in water too. Specifically, I’m thinking of swim fins, also called fins or flippers. Wearing fins make you look like you have big, long froggy legs, but fins will help you move faster in water. Fins are worn in water sports like swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Big feet are an advantage in swimming as they help to propel you faster through water. Some great swimmers have big feet. For instance, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe’s shoe size is 17, while Michael Phelps’ shoe size is 14. For once in my life, having big feet is an advantage. Wearing swim fins further increase your feet size and help you move faster in water with less effort.

Swim fins are made of rubber and plastic, and can come as full-foot fins or open-heel fins. Full-foot fins fit like a slip-on shoe and are not adjustable in size. Open-heel fins have a strap at the heel and can be adjustable to fit.

Shih Yen wears swim fins on the beach, taking a break from snorkelling in Fiji.

Shih Yen wears swim fins on the beach, taking a break from snorkelling on Beachcomber Island, Fiji.

I have only ever worn full-foot fins. My first pair of swim fins as a young teenager was a sky blue pair made in Italy by Cressi-Sub. Now known simply as Cressi, this company was founded in Genoa, Italy in 1946. Cressi is one of the world’s largest manufacturer of products for water sports.

Words can’t describe how amazing snorkelling is. There is something magical about seeing fish in their natural environment. I still remember the awe and amazement I felt the first time I snorkelled at the age of 13 in Sabah, East Malaysia. I highly recommend snorkelling. Put on a pair of goggles, slip on some swim fins and give it a try. Even if you’re not a good swimmer, you can still put on a life jacket and go snorkelling. It really is worth it.