A few years ago I started my mermaid journey. I had been in aquatics for most of my life; my parents had put me through all the swim levels which I had excelled at, and then I had pursued a career in Aquatic Instucting. Both privately and independently, I worked for a few years developing my skills and being confident in the water. At the end of 2018, I bought my first tail, it was a dream come true.
But I learned really quickly that this beautiful sport took a lot to master and required a lot of skills. Something most people, outside of regular aquatics do not realize.
My first tail was by Fin Fun and was a raven mermaid tail. Which was roughly $100 for the tail and monofin. The tail was made of Machine washable swimmers bathing suit fabric.
This beautiful tail, being my first gave me the opportunity to learn without the pressure of a big expense or struggle in the water. Designed with the monofin inside the monofin is made of plastic and what is considered an open heel. While I loved initially learning in this tail, I eventually found that the plastic, very adjustable monofin did not give me the flexibility I needed. It was easy to release from my feet a good aspect for a beginner and became uncomfortable after a long period of time. While I highly recommend this if you are just getting started, I quickly transitioned.
My next step up was to go with the Sea Warrior Atlantas Tail (now offered as the Sea Dragon Atlantis Mermaid/Merman Tail) by Fin Fun with a pro monofin. The tail was $89.99 Amerian and the monofin was $54.95 American equaling out to a total of $144.94 American or $181.74 roughly Canadian. This was the next big expense in my tail journey.
This tail is much heavier than the raven and also comes with a much more compacted Monofin. Also made out of Fabric but with sturdy fins that move while swimming. The monofin is designed to hold your feet closer and therefore is designed with a closed heel. This means that it requires a lot more effort to get it on and off. The advantage to this tail however is that you are able to propel yourself through the water at a faster speed and can perform tricks without your feet coming out of the monofin.
So what would you recommend before I start swimming in a tail?
While most pools hold to a protocol of being able to tread water for about a minute with no hand and also again with no feet and also performing four laps concesculitivly. I hold to a much tighter standard.
Before I suggest that someone tries swimming in a tail, I recommend the following things:
- Can swim a Swim Kids 8 standard Breast Stroke.
- Can Swim a Swim Kids 8 Standard Front Crawl.
- Can treat water for three minutes with no hands.
- Can treat water for one minute with no feet.
- Can touch the bottom of a deep end (3.8m).
- Can swim six laps continuously in a chosen style.
- Can perform a Swim Kids 10 dolphin kick.
- Can complete a five-meter, decent and underwater swim.
I also add that it is helpful to have the following skills down:
- Front float and back float at the surface with feet together.
- Feet first surface dive
- Headfirst surface dive
- Dolphin kick on back
Learning to be a mermaid is an extremely fun sport! And for strong and confident swimmers, I highly recommend it. Just make sure when you are considering a tail, you are ready for it. It is a purchase that you should be prepared for.
In the future, I want to be able to continue my passion and upgrade to a full silicone tail. However with those coming in at roughly $3000, that is far off in my future. For now, I am a sea warrior!