Navy SEAL Recommended Swim Fins

navy seal recommended swim finsA question we get asked a lot is “What swim fins do Navy SEALs use?”.

Check out these Navy SEAL recommended swim fins for diving and swimming in the pool and open water.

These will work if you’re looking to train for Special Forces or just trying to learn with swim fins.

Either way you will need a good pair to get you going in the water for the long haul.

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This is an all around fin that you will see frogmen using at the pool or beach.

The Voit UDT Duck Feet Swim Fins are a very simple fin but a good one to get you started.

It is still a preferred fin of US Navy SEALs, big wave bodysurfers, scuba divers and lifesaving professionals.

These are the fins used in Basic Underwater Demolition School (Navy SEAL training) for decades.

A true workhorse that will last and last despite harsh conditions.

I still own and pair today and took them out last summer and used them for some bodysurfing.


A frogman is going to want to have a fin that will move him fast and far in the water. In order to do that you need to have a wide find that is strong and relatively stiff?

The IST Deep sea scuba diving military fins – rubber Rocket is used by a variety of amphibious warriors to include the Marine Recon units and Army Special Forces divers.

This design has been around for decades and has been proven to be a work horse. The extra large vents help to assist in efficiency and water flow.

This fin has a large blade and good stiffness for a big kick and open water swim.

We used these type of fins in BUDS and in the Teams. These work really well to move you through the water quickly with the least amount of work. If you want to haul ass on a swim these are the go-to swimfins.

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bud/s swim training packageAquaLung rocket fins

The swim fins are Rocket fins which are also used at BUD/S.

The mask is soft around the edges and has a great seal on the edges for your face.

Easy to clear and de-fog.

Snorkel gets the job done when on the surface scouting mines and enemy terrain. If I were training for BUDS today  – this is the package I would pick to train with and get stronger in the water.

You cannot go wrong with Rocket fins.

Check out a large selection of fins at House of Scuba in San Diego.

What if I just want a good pair of goggles to swim in the pool?

We like these simple goggles – the Aqua Sphere Goggle.

These are easy to slip on and knock out a 2k swim in the pool with fins or to get out in the ocean and get some distance.

These will keep the salt and chlorine out of your eyes and do the trick.

What about a good pair of swim board shorts that i can also use for the gym or surfing?

Check out the O’Neill Santa Cruz Boardshort.

You can wear these for a quick workout at the gym or to go out surfing or paddle boarding. A great deal at $21.

Questions from our readers:

Question: What is a good book that will help me learn more about BUDS?

Check out the book Breaking BUD/S: How Regular Guys Can Become Navy SEALs.

Question: What fins are used in BUDS?

Answer: We used ScubaPro jet rocket fins with thin neoprene dive booties.

Question: Where can I get a good military rocket fins package like the one they use in BUDS training? Check out the rocket fins here

Question: Have you read the book “American Sniper” and what did you think about it?

Answer: Yes; we have read the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History several times and definitely recommend it.

I have also watched the movie and thought that Bradley cooper did a great job.

It is too bad that you have scumbags like Hollywood types like Michael Moore that do not appreciate our military.

Question: What brand of dive mask do Navy SEALs use? They use a variety of dive mask but U.S. Divers is one brand used.

Question: Do SEALs use snorkels? Yes; SEALs Instructors use snorkels at times, especially when observing and working with trainees in the dive tower or pool. I never really used a snorkel unless I was swimming along a reef and looking for lobsters.

Question: What is a good dive bootie to use?

We like the U.S. Divers High Cut Diving Boot for every day diving work.

Question: What fin did you use when you were preparing for BUD/S?

Answer: I did not own a pair of fins as I was not training properly and lacked the knowledge and proper equipment. Now that I know better and if I had to do it again I would get a pair of the rockets.

I did spend a lot of years in the pool swimming as a kid and taking trips out to local ponds and sinks to cool off in the summer.

Question: What dive mask do they use for training at BUDS?

Answer: I just talked with an instructor and he said that they are usually one of a few styles from U.S. Divers or Aqualung… low profile and black.

The mask in the photo is clear which some guys like for training purposes. But it also comes in black.

If you are on a training mission you can always dust it with some a few spots of black paint to knock out the clear color.

I used this same type mask when I worked as a commercial diver working on boats in San Diego harbor.

Question: “Coach, I just started with swim workouts and my ankles start to hurt whenever I swim in the pool with fins. What am I doing wrong?”

Answer: You need to get your feet and ankles ready to swim with fins. Go easy on the first time and only swim 50 meters after you are warmed up with a few laps. Put them away and finish your swim workout without fins. Next time at the pool swim 75 yards. Each time slowly build your way up until you can swim a mile without any problems. Another trick is to run 100 yards down the beach and then swim 200 yards then run back. This will condition your feet and work them in a good way to strengthen them.

Question: Coach Brad, can you recommend a good place to check out wetsuits?

Answer: Yes; check out House of Scuba here:

Question: What does UDT stand for?
Answer: Underwater Demolition Team.


Brad McLeod is married with two kids and an all around average family guy. His SGPT motivational audios have been downloaded in 30 countries around the world.

He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and despite training all the wrong ways – made it to Navy SEAL training in Coronado, California.

He flunked out of Navy SEAL BUD/S training after making it over half way through (6 months of grueling training). After a year in the Fleet Navy on the USS Cleveland (LPD-7) he came back to graduate BUDS and serve on SEAL Team Four.

His story is simple–Don’t Ever Quit on your Dream! Put one foot in front of the other and fall forward.

Proceeds from this website go to help raise funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation on CrowdRise.

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