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Mermaid & Advanced Mermaid

Have you always felt you were really meant to be a mermaid?

Become a certified PADI Mermaid on Catalina Island! We’ve partnered with Catalina Island Mermaids to provide this class and both Middle Beach and the Casino Point Dive Park are perfect locations for your adventure.

Imagine being one with the ocean, gliding freely around our stunning kelp forests surrounded by dozens of species of fish! Your mermaid tail sparkles in the light filtering down from the canopy above as you express yourself in a whole new way.

As a PADI Advanced Mermaid, you’ll be able to do just that – you’ll be trained to move your body with strength and fluidity, and to free-dive as a mermaid in open water at depths of up to 30 feet. This class is also the prerequisite to becoming a PADI Mermaid Instructor.

PADI Mermaid Class

“I must be a mermaid, for I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” ~ Anais Nin

We offer the PADI Mermaid and Advanced Mermaid courses as a bundle. The PADI Mermaid course includes Discover Mermaid, so you can start with this class – there is no need to take Discover Mermaid separately.

After learning all of your new mermaid skills, we’ll even take pictures and video with a GoPro!

Your class will cover a range of topics including:

  • the physical properties of the underwater world, aquatic life and how they affect you as a mermaid
  • use of a monofin
  • several types of kicks, turns and glides
  • routine, exhibition and problem-handling skills
  • necessary specialized equipment

You’ll learn to be a safe, independent mermaid – understanding the “how and why” of each skill so you’ll be able to make informed decisions when your instructor isn’t around to offer guidance. In this class, you’ll have an instructor right by your side, so you’ll feel comfortable while you gain more confidence in your abilities.

Mermaid Classes on Catalina Island

This class bundle takes place over a 2-day period, so come to the island for the weekend and practice your mermaid skills!

Our approach is different than you’ll find elsewhere: we celebrate inclusivity, diversity and body positivity, ensuring that everyone is treated with respect, patience, empathy and kindness. All PADI courses are performance-based. You purchase a class, but you earn your certification.


What to Expect
  • Your instructor will call each diver before the class begins, so you’ll be able to get to know each other and answer questions you might have.
  • The price of your course includes the required eLearning, which you’ll complete at home before your arrival on Catalina Island.
  • We’ll review the information you learned to make sure you have a clear understanding of the information and further knowledge development will be done on-site with a PADI Mermaid Instructor.
  • Each day is planned from 9AM to 3PM with breaks for lunch.
  • Arrive in your bathing suit (no changing rooms are available at the beach) and be prepared to experience the magic in the ocean!
  • We suggest wearing a swimsuit underneath your tail and having a change of dry clothes.
  • While there are no lockers available, we can keep our things within sight at all times so no mischievous fish will bother your belongings.

DAY ONE – PADI Mermaid

  1. We’ll meet up at the Via Casino Arch next to Step Beach in Avalon.
  2. Your class will be taught on Middle Beach, where you’ll be outfitted with a mask, snorkel, weight belt and Mermaid Tail and given a safety briefing with a PADI Mermaid Instructor.
  3. You’ll complete some knowledge development and land-based training.
  4. Then we’ll get our tails on and enter the ocean for the first time!
  5. This class is conducted in calm water, shallow enough to stand.
  6. You’ll complete all the skills from Discover Mermaid, plus at least two additional in-water sessions that develop more dynamic mermaid skills.
  7. There will be a break between sessions, including time for rest, water and a healthy lunch.

There’s always time for questions – we’re here to help you every step of the way!

PLEASE NOTE: None of your class will be conducted in a pool – there are no pools available on the island.

DAY TWO – PADI Advanced Mermaid

  1. Your class will be conducted at the beautiful Casino Point Dive Park, which is a world-class marine preserve with stunning kelp forests.
  2. You’ll build on the previous day’s skills and apply them to the open water environment.
  3. 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 mermaid techniques.
  4. You’ll also learn about aquatic life – what to expect, how it can affect you, and how you avoid harm.
  5. Then we’ll enter the water for your Open Water Training sessions.
  6. There will be a break between sessions, including time for rest, water and a healthy lunch.
  7. If you’ve completed all performance requirements, TA-DA! You’re now a certified PADI Advanced Mermaid!
What’s Required
  • Class Size: This class allows groups of up to 4 people. Larger groups will take turns getting in the water.
  • Minimum Age: Children and adults ages 12 and up may participate.
  • Gear: Bring your mermaid tail and freediving gear, or rentals are available from us at an additional cost. Mermaids come in all shapes and sizes, so we have tails to fit most everyone from children’s sizes to adults up to size 3XL/ 26.
  • Medical Clearance: Participants with health concerns will be asked to have a physician sign a medical waiver before participating.
  • You must have moderate/ experienced swimming skills, be able to swim at least 100m/ 320ft without swim aids, able to float comfortably at the surface for at least 10 minutes and be in good overall health.
What’s Included
  • eLearning: The price of your class includes the required eLearning, which must be completed prior to your arrival on Catalina Island. Once you’ve purchased your class, a link to your personal e-Learning will be provided.
  • Additional Knowledge Development and In-Water Sessions with a PADI Mermaid Instructor.
  • Mermaid Pictures & Video: After learning all your new mermaid skills we’ll take pictures and videos with a GoPro. You’ll receive all of your images and videos in an online gallery a few days after your Mermaid classes.
  • Proof of Certification: We will process your certification and PADI will issue a certification e-Card upon completion of your class. Physical cards may be purchased from PADI at an additional charge.

PADI Mermaid Class Bundle – 2 days, including 1 day of training at the beach, and 1 day at the Casino Point Dive Park

  • $650 per person – availability varies seasonally

All prices are in US dollars.

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