Want This New Innovation? Mermaid School
Next to owning their own unicorn, getting to be a mermaid is the stuff girl dreams are made of, and not just little girls either. You can indulge those dreams with a vacation to the Philippines and spend some time at The Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy. It is there that you can don a tail and learn all the basics of being a mermaid -- and live the dream.
You don't have to be a girl (or woman) either. Mermen wannabes are also welcome to indulge their studly watery fantasies as well. But let's face it, it is more of a girl thing.
Cue the Disney music! We're going "Under the Sea."
The idea for the business began its evolution with the search for a Halloween costume and grew from there. It became a creative way to teach swimming to children, and finally the ultimate swimming fantasy.
That fantasy begins once you pony up the cash (about $41 for 2 hours) and put on your fins, made of rubber and Plexiglass, and the accompanying tail. The tail comes in a variety of colors so that you can match it to your own personality. You do need to already have some basic swimming skills, so go prepared.
You can choose a mermaid name too, I suppose, if you are that into it. I would probably take the mermaid name Lauriel and wear a green tail. Of course, for me, they would really need an extra large tail. But I digress. . .
Aspiring mermaids and mermen are taught how to do dolphin kicks, bubble rings, blowing underwater kisses and hand stands. No doubt you also learn some fishy undulating as well. The Academy also places emphasis on the idea that the merfolk are beautiful, playful, fun, adventurous, graceful, and smart.
The company's overall mission includes providing "a safe and fun environment to indulge people's fantasy into the world of Mermaids" and "to encourage health and wellness by creating programs that will enhance body, mind and spirit."
No kidding. These are legit swimming lessons taught by scuba divers, free divers, and competitive swimmers. You learn to swim as a pinniped and use underwater breath techniques. The lessons are a great workout for the abdomen and legs.
The coaches at the Academy hope that, in addition to swimming, people take away a greater awareness of the underwater world and ecology, especially in the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands.
If getting in the water and swimming isn't your thing, then you can just schedule a photo shoot of yourself dressed up as a mermaid. It is called a "Mermaid Makeover." If you can't make it to Manila, you can go shopping on their website and buy your own fin. They also sell tails, but you must complete the course to be able to buy them. There is something to fill the dream here for everyone.
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Laurie Kay Olson
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