Your Scuba Gear


A mask is one of the most important, and personal, pieces of scuba diving equipment you own because it lets you explore with your eyes. More...


A snorkel is a very personal piece of equipment. It lives with your mask, spends time in your mouth, and lets you breathe while you look below, until you’re ready to submerge on scuba. More...


There are fins for swimming, snorkeling, free diving and body surfing. More...


Imagine scuba diving while hovering, weightless underwater – eye to eye with a fish. How is it possible? It starts with your buoyancy control device (BCD). More...


Most people float, which is great if you like to stay at the surface. However, scuba divers want to descend and need a weight system to help them offset this tendency to float. More...


If you think about it, breathing underwater is pretty remarkable, and it all happens because of the regulator. The scuba regulator is a great invention that delivers the air from your scuba tank to you just the way you need it to breathe. More...


Your SPG displays how much air remains in your tank so that you can end your dive well before you get too low. More...


You can track your dives using dive tables, a depth gauge and dive watch, but most scuba divers use a dive computer – it’s easier. More...


In the 1970s and 1980s, divers wore dive watches because it was the standard way to track bottom time while scuba diving. More...


A dive knife is a general tool that scuba divers occasionally use to cut entangling fishing line or rap on their tanks to get a buddy’s attention. More...


It’s obvious that a dive light is necessary to scuba dive at night to help you navigate, see your gauges, and observe interesting aquatic life. More...


Whether you’re driving to your local dive site or getting on a plane headed for the tropics, a sturdy gear bag will help you organize, protect and carry your scuba diving equipment. More...

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It’s called exposure protection because while scuba diving you’re not only exposed to water’s cooling ability but also to things that can scrape, cut or sting. More...


With the rise of digital photography capabilities, there are now numerous options for capturing images underwater. More...


An accessory is defined as an item that can be added to something else to in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. More...


A dive flag indicates that scuba divers are nearby. In some areas, flying a dive flag while scuba diving is required by law, but in general it’s a good idea for safety reasons. More...


In the unlikely event that you’re at the surface and need to get the attention of someone on shore or on a boat, you’ll be glad you have a surface signaling device. More...


High-pressure cylinders are relatively small, yet very strong containers that hold large volumes of compressed gas. More...


Scuba diving with a sidemount configuration simply means that you carry your tanks at your sides instead of on your back. More...



There are fins for swimming, snorkeling, free diving and body surfing. You’ll want fins for scuba diving because you’ll be much more comfortable with fins designed to move you and your gear through the water with minimal effort and maximum efficiency. Visit or ask Da Nang Scuba's experts to get advice about to try on scuba fins.

Standard Fin Features

  • Ample blade size to provide adequate power, and made from either composite plastic or neoprene rubber.
  • Comfortable foot pocket, usually made from neoprene rubber.

Fin Styles

  • Open heel fins have an adjustable strap that allows you to snug your foot into the foot pocket. You need to wear wetsuit boots (booties) with these fins, which is necessary for colder water and great protection for your feet while walking on shore or a boat deck.
  • Full-foot fins have a foot pocket that slips on like a shoe. These fins are popular for warm water diving, especially from boats.
  • There are also hand fins, essentially webbed gloves used by divers who have a physical challenge that prevents them from using their legs.

Optional and Desirable Features

  1. Open heel fins have a variety of strap and buckle choices.
    • Quick adjust buckles allow you to unlock the strap, then cinch it tighter by pulling on the strap end.
    • Quick release buckles usually combine the quick adjust feature with the ability to release the strap on one side to get out of the fin, and clip it back in when putting it back on.
    • Spring straps allow you slip them on and let the spring keep them snug.
  2. Blade shapes vary from the traditional fan-out design, to almost rectangular, to separated wings, to whale-tails. Features include vents, ribs and rails, channels or split fins that blades much like a fish.

How to Choose Your Scuba Fins

  1. Decide where you’ll dive the most. If it’s exclusively in the tropics off a boat, look at full-foot fins. Anywhere else, look at open heel adjustable fins.
  2. Try on a few different fins at Da Nang Scuba. Your foot should go all the way into the foot pocket without your toes touching. No pinching or uncomfortable areas.
  3. Make your final choice based on color, features and personal preference. If you dive in both a wetsuit and a dry suit, you may need two pairs of fins. Dry suits have very large boots, which usually require a larger fin pocket.

Take Care of Your Fins

  • Mark your fins to avoid mix-ups on a busy boat or large group dive. Use a gear marker to put your name or initials inside the foot pocket. Be creative. Make a statement.
  • Purchase a spare fin strap from your PADI dive shop. Unless you have nearly indestructible spring straps, other straps will eventually break.
  • Rinse your fins in fresh water after each use and store them in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. Check your fin straps regularly for tears; if you see one, you’ll need that spare strap.