Monofin courses for freediving are the perfect way to enable you to freedive longer and deeper. With the correct technique the monofin is an incredible tool that maximises output whilst minimising input. When you freedive, you only have one breath, so you have to make it count and monofin courses with Go Freediving are the perfect place to learn.
Construction and design
The basic monofin design is a pair of foot pockets attached to a single blade, however these individual components vary considerably in terms of design and construction.
There are many monofins on the market that take these foot pockets (normally attached to bi-fins) and attach them to the blade of the monofin. This has an advantage in that it is more comfortable to wear however there are some disadvantages.
- Firstly there will be more movement inside the foot pocket so a reduction in transferable power.
- Secondly, separate foot pockets can contribute to cracking or splitting of the blade between the foot pockets, as they are able to move slightly independently, producing stress to the blade.
- Thirdly, with the use of bi-fin foot pockets, it is not possible to adjust the angle of the blade relative to the body, which increases resistance in the water.
- Fourthly, it is not easy (and to my knowledge no-one has even done this) to cover the foot pockets and make them more streamlined as they meet the blade.
Monofins were originally developed solely for use in the sport of finswimming. As a result the foot pockets were very tight and could only be worn for a matter of minutes before becoming extremely painful to wear. There has been some movement in the monofin market to remedy this, with some companies inserting a layer of neoprene inside the foot pocket, however most monofin manufacturers do not offer this service, instead offering a larger foot pocket if you want more comfort or to wear them with neoprene socks.
These foot pockets are usually made from a single mould that glues to the fin, thus reducing the risk of cracking. It also enables the foot pockets to be built up, minimizing water resistance as it moves over the blade and along the feet and then the body.