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.
- • Minimum age: 10 years old
- • Prerequisites: You need to be able to swim at least 50m/160ft without swim aids, able to float comfortably at the surface for at least 5 mins, and in good physical health. As an entry-level mermaid diving course, no prior experience with diving of any kind is required.
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.