Snorkeling and diving are more fun if you have your own equipment. It fits better, performs at a higher level, and high end equipment will make you the envy of every beach and dive site. With options available from Head, Mares, and Speedo, you will know you have a high quality set of fins that will allow you to swim with the fishes while swimming just like one.

You should always check your snorkeling or dive equipment before and after a big trip. This means checking to make sure everything is shaped how it should be, replacing broken straps, and storing them properly. When you pack your fins in luggage, be sure to give them plenty of space so they aren’t being bent. You can also carry them onto a plane and place them in the overhead bin so they aren’t at risk of being crushed or warped during long flights.

After use in the water, rinse them off as soon as you can with fresh water. Saltwater is particularly damaging to basically any kind of material that fins are made of. Once saltwater dries and crystallizes onto the rubber or silicone, it immediately begins to damage the material. Many beaches have showers were you can rinse off after getting in the ocean and snorkeling excursions may have a bucket of water where you can immediately rinse your equipment. If neither of these are an option, consider packing an extra bottle of water for that express purpose. Even if you’ve been in freshwater, algae and sand can be damaging. If you get in the habit of not rinsing off your fins after being in the water, you may notice cracking or a difference in flexibility after just a few uses.

Don’t ever store your fins damp. Either let them air dry or wipe them with a soft towel before storing them to prevent growing mold or cracking. Store them flat and give their tips room so they aren’t crammed somewhere. Don’t leave them anywhere hot like the trunk of a car or in direct sunlight. Don’t store your fins underneath anything heavy and keep them out of contact with oil, aerosol, and chemical solvents.