in at the deep end are thrilled to announce that we now have five certified MermaidsUK instructors within the company. This has allowed all of us to develop a solid understanding of the safety, science and techniques used for mermaid swimming (mermaiding)!
Mermaiding is washing up on shores throughout the UK, offering your little mermaids & mermen the opportunity to become merfolk and explore the Merkingdom which lies in the depths of the swimming pool!
Not only is this a fantastic platform to allow creativity and imagination, it is great for fitness developing strength and stamina whilst learning about team work and water safety. It is also really, really good fun!
How do we do this?
First off we give you a monofin which is basically a large flipper, but, instead of having one on each foot both go in to the same one. We then give you your tail (you can even choose its design and colour!) to go over the top of the monofin and turn you in to a fully fledged mer-person!
Each stage is introduced gradually so that the basic safety skills are covered at each stage to ensure everybody is comfortable and safe as they become this magical sea creature!
Humans wanting to undertake any Experience or Class must be at least six years of age and be able to complete the following without support from the instructor, swimming/buoyancy aids or the pool floor or wall (you will be assessed on this at the beginning of the session):
- Swim 25 metres comfortably
- Be able to submerge your face fully whilst swimming
- Be able to tread water in both shallow and deep water
- Be able to lift your knees and turn 360 degrees in both directions
- Be able to demonstrate a basic dolphin kick for 5 metres
These will be assessed before every experience and start of term and should they not be able to achieve the above requirements will not be able to complete the experience.
Our mermaid lessons offer youngsters the chance to participate in lessons on a regular basis to fully learn and master the mermaid experience.
We run introductory classes on a Saturday at Thornhill from 11.15 to 12 noon or improver classes at Castle View on a Wednesday from 6 to 6.30pm.