Monofins in freediving | Benefits and Drawbacks!

Monofins may appear weird and uncomfortable at first, but these are much faster than other kinds of diving gear such as bi fins and prove to be much more efficient. The standard monofin configuration is a set of foot pockets connected to a single blade, but in terms of design and construction, these individual parts significantly differ.

Benefits of Monofins

  • Much faster

Along with every push, monofin’s design allows you for an accelerated transfer underwater, as a diver, you will notice for yourself that you can glide easily, an additional 10 to 15 percent with less effort and travel much more distances with monofins as compared to the bi fins. The pro freedivers usually use these monofins for a better experience in freediving.

  • Breathe-hold time is enhanced

Further, monofins offer you an added advantage of dolphin kicking, which is the motion that helps to relax the muscles of the diaphragm. More relaxed muscles in the diaphragm contribute to less lung exertion and improved breathing.

  • Boosts the Stamina

Another major advantage of utilizing a monofin is the stamina is boosted up drastically, by the fluid motion of rippling underwater. Undulating helps distribute the muscle effort over many groups of muscles, so you don't get leg cramps and your legs develop severe lactic acid burns.

  • Reduced Friction in the water

One of the main aspects of using a monofin is that you are compelled to use a dolphin kick movement. Well because it turns your body into an incredible hydrodynamic form naturally, hands above your head throughout the dive and sabotaging your way through the water through undulation.

Drawbacks of Monofins

  • Highly-priced

A typical monofin may be more costly as compared to a pair of freediving bi- fins. One more concern with the purchase of a monofin is that these are rarely available at the local shops and have to be ordered online almost every time.

  • Not meant for Spearfishing

Monofins are usually not a good idea for spearfishing, where you need to be active and aware every time while in water. You may struggle to find the fish spots and move between the big rocks, corals, or plants.

  • Bad for dives meant for leisure

Monofins give better results in the case of professional freedivers, but for the divers who are looking for freediving as a leisure activity, monofins can be annoying to use. It makes turning underwater very difficult and one has to only limit themselves to straight lines.

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