RockRat2008 - 4/29/2019 2:20 PM
Open heel SCUBA fins and booties always for SCUBA. The full foot fins are designed for snorkeling; Yes, the dive shop you are certifying through should provide the wet suit if the water is cold enough to need it.

I cited the swim requirements for PADI, 200 yards no time/no stop, but it may be 300 yards for a different organization.

I got certified many years ago, so I remember Divemaster was timed 400 yards and a 15 minute tread, arms out of the water for the last two minutes. :-)