Who in Southern California can install these?
Thank you. I bought an extra small pair and am a little worried about the tension making removal in high seas more difficult that the quick release for this old diver. Any thoughts?
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I have two sets of fins that I installed these on myself. If you can use a screwdriver (and possibly a sharp knife or boxcutter, depending on the type of fin you want to mount them on), you can install these yourself as they come with precise instructions. If you are hesitant to try this yourself, your local dive shop may do it if you have a good relationship with them.
Thank you, John. One last question since it seems once installed, I won't be able to revert. Do the springs loosen up? They seem really tight. I'm trying to find a local dive shop that has a pair with springs that I can try. At 63, once I'd committed to the Apollo's, I thought the spring-loaded would be easier to slip out of. Now that they're here, they seem pretty tight. Maybe just stay with the quick release! Thanks
You are right Debbi, once you install these you can't revert. They are snug to prevent the loss of a fin while in the water. They do loosen up a little after you use them a while but not much. Perhaps a dive shop will come up with a pair you might try first or perhaps if you know or see someone who has a pair they might let you slip them on and off to see if you'd like them. One thing I do like about them is that when I remove my fins in the water, I slide my hand between the rubber guard and my heel to remove them; that way I have my hand wrapped around the spring and it minimizes the chance that I drop a fin and have to chase it down. I wish you many happy dives whether you go with the springs or not.
I live in Virginia so I don't know. The instructions are quite complete. After you sever the rubber T shaped pivot from each side of your fin, you drill a hole where the pivot had been. Now the hard stuff is over. Next insert the hardware provided and that's just about it. It will take 1 hour total. Look on You Tube for instructions if there are any.
OR, google your area for a dive shop who will do it for you. Good Diving.
Hello Fellow Diver ;
The Apollo C-Series Spring Fin Strap is fairly straight forward to install on
most sets of fins , though there may be a few exceptions .
The mounting post / block that is a molded with the fin body piece , is exposed after disconnecting the existing strap from the fin, from there you have to choose either a stainless steel split ring or a machine screw with nut and washer that attaches around the post / mounting block, or a small hole has to be drilled through the post and the head of the screw would be on the inside of fin foot pocket, with washer and nut on outside that passes through spring loop end . Much easier, is to take your fins to your local dive shop and ask if they could mount them for you. Good luck, and when you do get this completed, you will enjoy the ease of using spring type straps !
I installed them myself. I very carefully followed the instructions provided. We put them on my wife's fins. She loves them. I think that it was Just measuring and drilling mostly.
Thanks. I'll take another look at the instructions. Please ask your wife about spring tension vs quick release. Love the fins and thought perhaps the spring would make removal easier for this old diver. I bought extra small, now seems like it might be more effort with the spring. I'm looking for a local pair I can try.
We both have the fins and we love them. the available power on both up and down strokes is fantastic. I have the regular quick release and she has the springs. She has no problems with the release/on-off. We were VERY careful about the measurements for the placement of the springs to make sure they would stay on, but would come off easily. I would contact a dive shop in your area that sells the fins. I'm sure that either they can install them or refer you to someone. The apollo website has a dealer locator. Good Luck - Alan
Thank you. I've got the local dealers, but haven't found one yet with a small pair with the spring-loaded strap. I, too, LOVE the Apollos, which is why I purchased the spring-strap, hoping to make them even more wonderful. Thank you for all your ideas. Perhaps we'll meet on a dive trip one day. Debbi C
Not hard to do it yourself, if you are good at following directions. I put them on three or four years ago with no trouble, and they still function perfectly.
ERNEST D W
I installed them myself. It was easy & I believe the are better than the original straps. They're still on & still working well.