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PADI Basic Mermaid Instructor

The PADI Basic Mermaid Instructor rating allows you to conduct the PADI Discover Mermaid experience and teach the PADI Basic Mermaid course

As part of this Basic Mermaid Instructor Development Course you will: 

Complete the knowledge development sections of the Mermaid Instructor Course, and the Mermaid Instructor Exam with a passing score of at least 75 percent.

Complete the following Waterskills Exercises with a PADI Mermaid Instructor or  Instructor Trainer:

  • Swim 400 metres/yards nonstop, without swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes.
  • Perform a 10-minute tread, drown-proof, bob or float using no aids and wearing only a swimsuit.
  • Swim 800 metres/yards face down, using mask, snorkel and bifins, nonstop, without flotation aids and without using arms to swim. Exception: A candidate with leg-use limitations who normally arm-swims, may use arms.
  • Tow (or push) a diver for 100 metres/yards nonstop, at the surface, without assistance using monofin (mermaid tail).
  • Demonstrate the rescue of an unresponsive, nonbreathing mermaid diver at the surface and tow the victim for at least 50 metres/yards using monofin.

Demonstrate the following skills with role-model quality with a PADI Mermaid Instructor or Instructor Trainer:
  • Proper breathing technique before, during and after a dive

  • A vertical, headfirst duck dive, from the surface in water too deep in which to stand

  • An efficient dolphin kick underwater while maintaining directional control

  • Backward somersault turn

  • Underwater hand shaking (team combination movement)

  • Mermaid bubble

  • Back glide

  • Assist a current, Teaching status Mermaid Instructor or Instructor Trainer with at least one Discover Mermaid program and two Confined Water Session 1s from the Mermaid course.

To apply for the PADI Basic Mermaid Instructor rating, the candidate submits the PADI Basic Mermaid Instructor application, signed by a current, Teaching status, PADI Mermaid Instructor or Instructor Trainer, to the relevant PADI Regional Headquarters.


To enrol you must meet the following certification and training requirements:

* 18 years old
* Certified as a PADI Advanced Mermaid (or have a qualifying certification)
* Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training (or have a qualifying certification) within the last 24 months
* Current medical statement signed by a physician within the previous 12 months

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