Friday, July 19, 2024

How to Become a Mermaid


Have you ever felt the ocean’s pull, the allure of its mysteries, and the desire to explore its depths not as an observer but as a part of it? It’s also hard to miss mermaids at the moment with the release of the new Disney movie “The Little Mermaid.”

If so, you’re likely wondering how to become a mermaid. Whether you know how to dive already – Scuba Diving or Freediving – or just dream of becoming a mermaid – you can make it a reality with practice and training.

This guide will walk you through the journey of transforming from a land dweller into an enchanting mermaid, exploring the realms beneath the waves alongside the creatures of the deep.

The Allure of the Mermaid

Mermaids have a long and interesting history of stirring fascination among people throughout the ages.

From ancient mythologies to pop culture today, mermaids have captured countless imaginations with their both ethereal beauty and courageous grace. This wondrous creature symbolizes liberty as they freely glide through the vast depths of the keyless and everchanging ocean.

Their unrivaled connection to the wondrous sea elicits admiration from all, as it hints at the mystery and power underneath its imposing blue hues. Above all, mermaids evoke true desire, becoming tokens of appreciation for this great enigmatic force in nature.

For scuba divers and freedivers, becoming a mermaid adds an element of magic and fantasy to their underwater explorations.

How to Become a Mermaid: Scuba Diving and Freediving

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a beginner, learning to scuba dive or freedive is a crucial step in your journey to becoming a mermaid. These skills will help you move and breathe underwater and deepen your understanding of the marine environment.

If you’re looking to embody the mermaid aesthetic, consider trying freediving. With this activity, you can effortlessly glide through the underwater world like a fish, silently swimming beside other sea creatures. Enroll in a freediving course to learn the basic breath hold techniques and try freediving gear.

Scuba diving is the traditional way to learn to dive and involves using scuba gear like a tank, regulator, and mask to breathe underwater. It won’t make you look like a mermaid but will teach you the basics of the underwater world before progressing.

Both methods will provide plenty of practice in swimming and navigating through the depths from which you can apply your newfound skills as a mermaid.

How to Become a Mermaid
How to Become a Mermaid

The Mermaid Class

Once you’ve got water-confident and learned to dive, you can take a mermaid class to teach you the finer points of becoming a mermaid.

Mermaid classes can be found worldwide and range in skill levels, allowing you to choose one that best suits your abilities. In these classes, you’ll learn how to gracefully move underwater with a mermaid tail while doing tricks like barrel rolls and somersaults.

Recently PADI, the globally recognized diving organization, started offering standalone Mermaid classes that help you become a mermaid. They don’t require scuba or freediver ratings as an underlying certification, but having one does help.

You can join the Basic Mermaid course if you’re at least six years old and can swim 25 meters. This course trains you to improve your swimming skills and emphasizes problem-prevention and solving techniques to ensure your safety in the water.

The PADI Advanced Mermaid course is the best option for anyone over 12 who wants to become a professional mermaid. It includes all the training from the basic course and two additional open-water sessions that allow you to embrace your mermaid skills fully.

The training for becoming a certified PADI Mermaid focuses heavily on breathwork, teaching you to hold your breath for extended periods as no breathing apparatus is used. However, mermaiding is not just about swimming in the ocean. PADI Mermaids are encouraged to use their love for the ocean to support its preservation and conservation efforts.

How to Become a Mermaid: It’s not just a Mermaid Tail

To become a mermaid, you’ll need a few essential items, the most important being a mermaid tail. There are many types of tails from which to choose, ranging from polyester and spandex fabric to neoprene wetsuits. There are incredible options; it’s hard to know where to start.

The tail should fit comfortably and snugly without pinching or tightness when swimming.

We have a real-life mermaid on our team here at, with Mermaid Linden being part of our family for years. She has a range of high-quality mermaid gear for both kids and adults made in conjunction with Bodyglove. Some popular options include the Adult Mermaid Linden Monofin and Kids Mermaid Linden Foldable Monofin. Both are available in a variety of colors.

Aside from the tail, you may also need a matching bikini or tankini top, a diving mask, and a snorkel, especially for extended time underwater.

Ultimately as you continue your quest to become a mermaid, choosing a tail and accessories that match your mer-personality is important.

Professional Mermaid Careers

If you feel being a mermaid matches your interest, there are some professional fields you can explore. For instance, you can work as a performer at aquariums or theme parks, become a mermaid instructor, or even model for underwater photography. These careers can be enjoyable and fulfilling. However, it would help if you were dedicated, physically fit, and passionate about marine life.

With practice, dedication, and the right gear, you can make all your fantasies come true and join the ranks of many professional mermaids. All that’s left now is for you to leap of faith into the deep blue!

Are You Ready to Become a Mermaid?

Becoming a mermaid is more than just donning a tail and diving into the water. It’s about embracing a new way of interacting with the ocean and its inhabitants, expressing yourself freely, and experiencing the thrill of exploring the underwater world in a whole new way. Whether you’re a scuba diver, a freediver, or someone who loves the sea and dreams of a mermaid’s life, we hope this guide has brought you closer to making that dream a reality.

Dive in and let the ocean’s song guide your journey.

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.