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PADI Mermaid Instructor

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

As part of this 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 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 Trainer:
  • Weighting, gearing up and entering water

  • Proper breathing techniques, including breathe up, breathhold and recovery breathing

  • Vertical, headfirst duck dive descent

  • Swim underwater at least 25 metres/80 feet

  • C-Shape, U-Shape and Backward flip (somersault) turns

  • Underwater handshake

  • Mermaid bubble (at least 1 technique)

  • Back glide

  • Emergency weight drop and tail removal

  • Buddy system techniques as buddy and mermaid

  • Exit appropriate for the location/environment

  • 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 Mermaid Instructor rating, the candidate submits the PADI Mermaid Instructor application, signed by a current, Teaching status, PADI Mermaid Instructor Trainer, to the relevant PADI Regional Headquarters.

The Learning Materials

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving 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 our instructors whenever you have a question.


To enroll in the PADI Advanced Mermaid course you must be 12 years old or older and have a PADI Mermaid certification (or a qualifying certification from another mermaid organization).

You need to be able to swim at least 100m/320ft without swim aids, able to float comfortably at the surface for at least 10 mins and in good physical health.

Medical Requirements

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.

If the above points are not adhered to no later than 14 days before the start of your course, it will greatly slow down the course for yourself and the other students.

For this reason, if the effort and commitment has not been made, you will be assigned another course and an additional cost of £75 may be charged. In the event you do not book another course date, no refund will be made.

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If you do not see the date or location you are looking for then please call us on 01189 761729 or email us at Info@UKDivingAcademy.Com and we will see if we can create a course on your behalf.

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