The Discover Mermaid™ experience introduces simple mermaid activities in confined water (i.e., a pool or place with pool-like conditions), shallow enough in which to stand. It is designed as a flexible, informative, enjoyable, and controlled experience centered on letting you discover what it's like to mermaid dive.
To enroll in a Discover Mermaid experience, you must be at least six years old. You need to be in good physical health and comfortable in the water. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.
The PADI Discover Mermaid experience consists of two introductory phases:
- After signing up for the PADI Discover Mermaid program you will listen to a briefing from your PADI Mermaid Instructor to learn the basics about being a mermaid.
- A shallow water session in which you'll wear a mermaid tail (and depending on the situation, perhaps other additional mermaid costuming) followed by mermaid swimming, going underwater and games.
In the PADI Discover Mermaid experience, you will use a monofin (i.e. mermaid tail), mask, snorkel and fins. You may also use a wet suit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for mermaiding is best; however, in this introductory experience, you may be able to use snorkeling equipment you already own. If you are a freediver, some of your gear (e.g. mask, fins, snorkel) is also mermaiding gear.
Check with your PADI Mermaid Center for advice and specifics regarding the gear you'll use, what the experience includes and other details.
Contact your local PADI Mermaid Center or PADI Mermaid Instructor for their signup procedures to join a PADI Discover Mermaid experience.