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The PADI Mermaid™ course includes knowledge development and at least two water skill sessions (scheduled for same-day) 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.


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---- Pre-requisites ---

  • Ability to swim at least 50m and float comfortably at the surface for at least 3 minutes

​--- Certification Requirements ---

  • Complete online eLearning for PADI Mermaid – Knowledge Development Session 1 & 2

  • Complete all skills for PADI Basic Mermaid – Confined Water Session 1

  • Complete Confined Water Session 2

    • Correctly execute one floating motionless (static apnea) mermaid dive. 

    • Demonstrate proper removal of the mermaid outfit and tail as part of an emergency drill. 

    • Perform at least one dynamic apnea of at least 25 meters/80 feet while wearing a mermaid tail.

    • Demonstrate correct buddy procedures for another mermaid performing a dynamic apnea. 

    • Perform dynamic apnea, use the dolphin kick to swim 15 meters/50 feet and finish with a C-shape turn. 

    • Perform dynamic apnea, use the dolphin kick to swim 15 meters/50 feet and finish with U-shape side turn. 

    • Correctly perform a mermaid exhaling descent. 

    • As part of a correctly executed mermaid dive, perform the following skills: 

      • Demonstrate proper breathing technique before, during and after each dive 

      • Make a vertical, headfirst duck dive, from the surface in water too deep in which to stand. 

      • Demonstrate an efficient dolphin kick underwater while maintaining directional control. 

    • Demonstrate the correct procedures for the following mermaid diving skills:

      • Backward somersault turn 

      • Underwater hand shaking (team combination movement)

      • Mermaid bubbles

      • Back glide 

      • Demonstrate an appropriate exit technique. 

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