Many of us fall asleep dreaming of being a mermaid and exploring the ocean as if it were our natural habitat. There are hundreds of legends about mermaids and sirens all over the world, and it’s easy to understand why. The ancient Greeks believed in the god Atargatis, who had the body of a fish and the head of a human. Since ships first set out to sea, sailors have been seduced by mermaids. Even Chinese mythology has stories about mermaids who cried tears that would turn into pearls. In this guide, we’ll show you exactly how to become a mermaid today!
Anyone can be a mermaid!
Mermaids can be found anywhere there is water: in lakes, oceans, ponds, rivers and puddles. However, real mermaids are passionate about protecting their surrounding environment. Even if you’re not near an ocean, you can become a mermaid anywhere you can swim.
Mermaids come in all ages, body types, countries and backgrounds. Men can be mermen. Some mermaids are fantastic swimmers, while others are still learning. Real mermaids believe in themselves, love the water, embrace their imagination and know how to have fun. As long as you see yourself reflected in this, you too can be a mermaid.
Learn to freedive with a freediving course
Humans evolved from the sea and still have a mammalian diving reflex, passed down to us from our ancestors. The diving reflex in mammals slows our heart rate and moves blood from the extremities to the trunk, saving our body oxygen.
To take advantage of this reflex and hold your breath for as long as possible, you should take a freediving course. There are a number of places that can safely introduce you to freediving and teach you how to safely hold your breath for minutes. If you want to become a mermaid and swim with animals, this is one of the best things you can do. Because you swim quietly in the sea, just like any other sea creature, you can often interact with the underwater creatures in a way that few others in the world can. You will notice that many animals come to you, curious about what you are.
The sport of freediving is growing rapidly, but has been around since humans first learned to swim. In South Korea, Malaysia and Japan, people have been freediving for centuries: collecting abalone, pearls and food while holding their breath for more than five minutes at a time. In some communities, freediving has become so ingrained in their lives that their eyes have evolved to see underwater much better than the average person.
Natalia Molchanova, one of the world’s most talented freedivers, held her breath for more than nine minutes and became the first woman to dive deeper than 100 meters. Today, Alessia Zecchini is the deepest female freediver to have dived deeper than 104 meters. Other freedivers do it to help save the environment. For example, Madison Stewart, nicknamed ‘Shark Girl’, swims with sharks and is committed to their protection.
Take a diving course
If freediving does not suit you or is a bit too exciting for you, you can always take a diving course. Of course you can do both! The advantage of diving is that you can stay underwater much longer and enjoy the ocean for hours instead of just a few minutes. If you’re just becoming a mermaid, we don’t recommend getting a monovin to use with your equipment. Choose a pair of flippers instead. Only when you have experience should you choose a mermaid tail with monofin.
Mermaid swimming, snorkeling or the mermaid academy
You must be 10 years old to register for a diving course and 16 years old to register for a freediving course. If you’re not old enough, don’t live near the sea or can’t afford a course, you can still be a mermaid by snorkeling or learning to swim like a mermaid in a pool. There are numerous swimming pools in the Netherlands with mermaid swimming lessons.
There are also mermaid academies that focus exclusively on learning how to be a mermaid. One of those mermaid academies is Zwembad de Meerval in WijchenKidsproof in Nijmegen. There they teach you all the techniques to swim with a mermaid tail. But also, for example, synchronized swimming, completing courses and much more. The mermaid academy trains people of all ages to swim like a real mermaid.
Buy a mermaid tail
A mermaid tail is the strongest feature of the real mermaid. Just like a fingerprint, no two tails are the same. You can use a buy a mermaid tail for swimming that is completely to your taste, from color to glitter and other beautiful features.
Practice swimming with your mermaid tail
Before putting on the full tail, practice swimming with just the monofin, where you use the correct monofin technique, also called a dolphin kick. Once you’ve mastered the dolphin kick with the monofin, you can start your put on mermaid tail. Initially, stay close to the edge of the pool so that you can grab onto the edge and rest if you get tired.
Never swim alone or unsupervised. This is rule number one in freediving, even for adults, and in being a mermaid. Only practice holding your breath after you have taken a course.
Become a professional mermaid?
Some of us want to turn our love of being a mermaid into a career. There are many jobs where you can live and work as a mermaid in many different forms. We have listed a number of professions for you:
If you are excellent at math and physics, you might like to become an oceanographer. Oceanographers study waves and currents and conduct research that protects land from coastal erosion. Oceanographers are also studying climate change and discovering new ways to prevent our oceans from warming.
Work as a scientist and study animals that live in the sea. Marine biologists go on expeditions to investigate how animals live and behave underwater. You can study everything from large creatures like dolphins and sharks to the small life forms like plankton, slugs and algae.
Underwater Photographer or Videographer
If you like to be creative, you might enjoy being a photographer who takes beautiful pictures under the sea. Although there are many photographers in the world, few have the skills to capture the beauty that exists underwater. Many mermaids work as documentary makers or film producers.
Dive guide, instructor or technical diver
A career in diving keeps you in the ocean almost all day, every day if you want. Guide people on dives, point out different sea creatures and reef life, teach people how to dive or become a technical diver. Technical divers explore and build, require a lot of skills and are a job reserved for only the most adventurous divers.
Competitive freediver or freediving instructor
Teach people how to become real mermaids through freediving. You can also train to become one of the best in the world.
Mermaid Swimming Instructor
Teach others how to become a mermaid in a pool, lake or ocean. You can wear your tail every day.
Mermaid model or performance artist
Dress up in elaborate tails and model as a mermaid. You can also perform in mermaid shows around the world.
Ready to be a mermaid?
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