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PADI Basic Mermaid – The PADI Basic Mermaid™ course combines learning supporting knowledge and principles with a confined water skill development session to introduce the fun of fundamental mermaid diving. The course covers mermaid diving's background and culture, primary safety considerations, equipment and basic water skills.

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What's it All About?

---- Pre-requisites ---

  • Ability to swim at least 25m and float comfortably at the surface for at least 3 minutes

​--- Certification Requirements ---

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

  • Complete Confined Water Session 1

    • Swim on the surface for at least 25 meters/80 feet using a dolphin kick in both a face-down and a backward position without sculling or excessive hand and arm use. (This is the length of the pool)

    • Demonstrate proper mermaid rescue skills: 

      • Cramp release technique for self and buddy (at the surface). 

      • Tread water, drown-proof, bob or float using full mermaid equipment for at least two minutes.

      • Back float 

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

      • Demonstrate the proper breathing technique before and after each dive. 

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

      • Swim underwater with no mask, demonstrate dolphin kick underwater while maintaining directional control. 

      • Demonstrate an appropriate exit technique. 

      • Demonstrate basic buddy procedures by alternating dives and watching/safety with another diver. 

      • Skills may include back float breathe up, rolling into the dive, and rolling into the back float for recovery breathing.

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