Expand your understanding of the physical properties of the underwater world and how they affect you as a mermaid, while learning additional routine, exhibition and problem-handling skills.
The PADI Mermaid™ course includes knowledge development and at least two water skill sessions that develop more dynamic mermaid skills beyond Basic Mermaid™, including many skills that make mermaiding an underwater self-expressive art, separate from other types of diving. (Note that the PADI Mermaid course includes Basic Mermaid, so you can start with PADI Mermaid – there is no need to take Basic Mermaid separately.)
The PADI Mermaid course has two phases:
- Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Mermaid eLearning (or your instructor may conduct class sessions if not available in your language).
- Two confined water sessions to learn and prepare for mermaiding, rescue/problem management skills and the conduct of mermaid dives. You also learn mermaid skills, such as dolphin (butterfly) kicks, C-shape and U-shape side turns, and some skills distinct to mermaid diving, including backward somersault turn, underwater handshaking mermaid bubbles, and back glides.
In the PADI Mermaid course, you will use a monofin (i.e. mermaid tail), mask, snorkel and fins. You may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for mermaiding is best; however, in this beginner course, you may be able to use snorkeling equipment you already own. If you are a freediver, some of your gear (e.g. mask, fins, and snorkel) is also mermaiding gear.
The Learning Materials
PADI Mermaid eLearning makes it easy to fit your mermaid lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about mermaiding principles and terminology whenever, wherever it's convenient for you. It's your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.
Prerequisites - PADI Mermaid
To enroll in a PADI Mermaid course,
- You must be at least ten years old.
- You need to be able to swim at least 50m/160ft without swim aids.
- Be able to float comfortably at the surface for at least 5 mins
- Be in good physical health.
As an entry-level mermaid diving course, no prior experience with diving of any kind is required.
Our experiences and courses require a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.
Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.
If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN), or your own Doctor.
You will not be able to participate in any pool or open water sessions without confirming your fitness to dive.
The Mermaid Gear You Will Need
To take part in this course you will need to make sure you have, as minimum:
- Your own Mask and Snorkel
- A set of Freediving Bi Fins
- Weight Belt (We recommend a Rubber Weight Belt)
- Mermaid Outfit
PADI Advanced Mermaid
You will also require:
- Depth Gage or Freediving Dive Compter
- Appropriate Exposure Projections
- Safety Lanyard and Strap