In Collaboration with Catalina Island Mermaids, we offer PADI Mermaid Classes and Mermaid Photoshoots on the beach. Book online!
PADI Discover Mermaid
The PADI Discover mermaid program will be offered Memorial Day – Labor Day and is a fun way to explore the water for the first time. After a safety briefing, students 6 years and older will join an PADI Mermaid Instructor in shallow water to learn safety techniques as well as how to dolphin-kick, turn, and float in a mermaid tail and a few fun bubble tricks. Participants wear a mask, snorkel, and mermaid tail (monofin) and groups are small at four people per instructor. The class requires no prior experience and takes about an hour to 90 minutes to complete.
Although PADI is well known for being a SCUBA training organization there is no SCUBA diving in this class. Mermaid swimming and freediving is what we do! If you would like to learn to SCUBA, we offer private SCUBA classes as well. Please text us to inquire: 801-699-9411
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.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to Step Beach in Avalon where you will meet your PADI Mermaid Instructor, be outfitted for a mermaid tail, and see the beach where we will be swimming. Parents, it’s OK to sign your kids up and not yourself, if you wish not to participate, but you must be at the beach for the entirety of the class. Children can not be left unattended.
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.
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.
PADI Mermaid & Advanced Mermaid Bundle
Swimming Experience: Must know how to swim
This class begins with eLearning online, to be completed before the beginning of your class. You will receive an email link with an access code to that portion of the class. Once in Avalon, we will be beginning in a site with water shallow enough to stand, and deeper areas so you can practice in a controlled setting. After mastering your skills we will venture on Day 2 to Casino Point Dive Park to enjoy the scenic kelp forests and practice rescuing other mermaids! After class is over we spend time taking pictures and videos together and showing off our new Mermaid-Diving Skills!
Although PADI is well-known for being a SCUBA Instruction Organization, there is no SCUBA diving in this class. Mermaid-Freediving is what we do! If you would like to learn to SCUBA we offer that as well. Text me for details: 801-699-9411
9AM-12PM Mermaid Theory Review and Water Session – Step Beach
12PM – 1PM Lunch Break
1PM – 3PM PADI Mermaid Class Water Session – Step Beach
9AM Advanced Class Water Session #1 – Casino Point
12PM-1PM Lunch Break
1PM-3PM Advanced Class Water Session #2 – Casino Point
- Mask, Snorkel and Bi-fins
- Wetsuit (The water is COLD!)
- Reef Safe Sunscreen
- Warm, dry clothes to change into
- Sandwich lunch (there is also a fast food option across the street from the beach)
- Mermaid Tail – If you have your own tail that you would like to use, please bring it!
- Weights and weight belt
- Email me at [email protected]. I can help arrange this and have it waiting for you and ready for your class.
To enroll in the PADI Advanced Mermaid course Bundle 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.
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.)
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.
In the PADI Advanced Mermaid™ course, you’ll build on your PADI Mermaid™ certification and apply it to the open water environment. You’ll learn the basics of how the open water environment differs from a pool or confined water (larger, deeper, more variable conditions) and be introduced to open water mermaiding techniques. You’ll also learn about aquatic life – what to expect, how it can affect you, and how you avoid harm.
Mermaid Photoshoot on the Beach
Enjoy a photo shoot in a beautiful mermaid tail by the water’s edge with a professional photographer! Perfect for families, couples (Her Captain, His Mermaid), Mommy & Me, Maternity/pregnancy announcements, Bachelorette Parties, and anyone with a sense of adventure!
A Mermaid Photoshoot includes an hour with an experienced photographer, a mermaid tail rental, and an online gallery with 6 edited images, as well as all of the RAW images. Mermaids have the option to upgrade to a “pro” mermaid tail that is larger and more realistic or add a shell bra/ shell crown if they wish. These photoshoots are land-based and although participants may get splashed, they do not enter the water. Mermaids can take as many “behind the scenes” photos and videos as they like with personal cameras or cell phones. Your friend/significant other is welcome to join us on the beach and observe your photoshoot.
If you have mobility challenges, please let us know prior to your arrival. We can choose a unique spot for your photoshoot based on your needs.
Sizes are available for children and adults up to size 28 women’s, or men’s XXXXL.
If availability is full, please TEXT TO BOOK as we still may have space for additional bookings!