Equipment - Fins
 

What they're for!
These are to provide you with the speed and power to push the puck around the pool. If you have your own fins, use them to start with but it is worth investing in a pair of hockey-type fins as soon as possible.

Things to look for
SCUBA fins are not usually allowed if they have buckles on the sides of the foot pocket since these can cause nasty injuries. Also hard plastic fins or fins with no lips on the edge of the blade (such as the long Sporasub spearfishing fins) are not allowed as they get roughened up and easily cut people during games.

Small rubber fins (such as the 'Otarie') are not much use because they provide minimal power, the blades being too small and flexible. The blade should extend from the toe-end of the foot-pocket about one and a half times the length of your foot. It should be moderately stiff but not too hard. Check that you have the best fitting foot size and that the foot pocket is reasonably comfortable, made of a softer rubber than the rest of the fin, but the stiffer blade material should extend most of the way up the sides and sole of the foot pocket without a sharp integration.

When you first wear fins it is advisable to wear socks inside to prevent blisters and chaffing. Even when used to fins, many people always wear socks, especially if the foot pocket is a little loose.

Recommended Models
Technisub Ala

  • The hockey fin. Available in most dive shops and some sports shops. $115-$145 depending on foot size, Divers' World.

Cressi-sub Rhondine-Pro

  • New in New Zealand. Fits all the requirements for hockey. Quite stiff with a blade area slightly less than the Ala. Available in specific sizes so can be a good fit. Take a while to get used to, plus I have had many complaints of people being hurt be the hard edges of the blades.
  • $? - Island Bay Divers?, probably necessary to order.

Mares Avanti Planar (full foot version)

  • Popular, especially in the South Island. Quite a large, stiff blade, good for speed, possibly lacking in maneuverability.
  • $180? some dive shops

Turbo

  • I've never tried them myself. They look quite similar to the old Technisub Ala, black rubber.
  • $99 Divers'

World Technisub Stratos

  • Mostly available as dive fins with the adjustable boot pocket but I believe that they are made with a full foot pocket. A large firm blade with soft rubber ribbing and soft rubber edges. I don't know if anyone has tried these for hockey, but I would think that the full foot version would make a very good hockey fin.
  • $? dive shops?

Escape

  • This fin is quite a recent model. A very long blade, very fast, more flexible and probably less dangerous to other players than the Rhondine, although there is no edging on the last 12cm of the blade. Come with removable inner-sole stiffeners, which prevent the foot pocket folding when kicking.
  • ~$150 Divers' World

Fin Supports

  • Also called fin-grips, triangles, 'Y'-thingies.
  • These are essential when wearing fins, especially with long, stiff blades as the leverage during swimming can cause your heels to pop out. Fin supports hold the heels in and make it almost impossible for someone to pull your fins off. Apparently they are available in all kinds of colours in South Africa!
  • $8-$12 - any dive shop and some sports shops (such as Stirling Sports)

 

Recommended Models
Technisub Ala

  • The hockey fin. Available in most dive shops and some sports shops. $115-$145 depending on foot size, Divers' World.

Cressi-sub Rhondine-Pro

  • New in New Zealand. Fits all the requirements for hockey. Quite stiff with a blade area slightly less than the Ala. Available in specific sizes so can be a good fit. Take a while to get used to, plus I have had many complaints of people being hurt be the hard edges of the blades.
  • $? - Island Bay Divers?, probably necessary to order.

Mares Avanti Planar (full foot version)

  • Popular, especially in the South Island. Quite a large, stiff blade, good for speed, possibly lacking in maneuverability.
  • $180? some dive shops

Turbo

  • I've never tried them myself. They look quite similar to the old Technisub Ala, black rubber.
  • $99 Divers'

World Technisub Stratos

  • Mostly available as dive fins with the adjustable boot pocket but I believe that they are made with a full foot pocket. A large firm blade with soft rubber ribbing and soft rubber edges. I don't know if anyone has tried these for hockey, but I would think that the full foot version would make a very good hockey fin.
  • $? dive shops?

Escape

  • This fin is quite a recent model. A very long blade, very fast, more flexible and probably less dangerous to other players than the Rhondine, although there is no edging on the last 12cm of the blade. Come with removable inner-sole stiffeners, which prevent the foot pocket folding when kicking.
  • ~$150 Divers' World

Fin Supports

  • Also called fin-grips, triangles, 'Y'-thingies.
  • These are essential when wearing fins, especially with long, stiff blades as the leverage during swimming can cause your heels to pop out. Fin supports hold the heels in and make it almost impossible for someone to pull your fins off. Apparently they are available in all kinds of colours in South Africa!
  • $8-$12 - any dive shop and some sports shops (such as Stirling Sports)

Tecnisub Stratos, Tecinisub Ala and
Sporosub Cruise fins