To become an Apneists mermaid does require some knowledge (for your safety, and that of your fellow mermaids). As there is no such thing as a ‘mermaiding’ qualification, we offer an AIDA 2 Star Pool-Freediver course (£125) followed by the club recognised Beginner mermaid course (£125) which will train you to use the mono-fin and tail proficiently. If you have no experience in Freediving, first follow the link to do the AIDA 2 Freediver pool course here:
AIDA 2 Pool Freediver
If you are already a qualified Freediver through AIDA, PADI, SSI or RAID (other agencies may be recognised) you can continue to follow the payment link at the bottom for the beginner mermaid course.
This certificate if for pool environment only and does not include Open water and depth diving. You can however continue the Open water section of the AIDA 2 Star course if you so choose (£170).
The Beginner mermaid course is designed to be an introduction to Mono-fin swimming and tail use and to help the student develop the basic skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to start using the Mono fin efficiently.
Students will be introduced to different approaches to freediving with a Mono-fin and tail, exercises designed to work on style and how to design a training program. Advanced techniques will be covered far beyond any current course syllabus. We will use video analysis to help improve stroke. Students do not have to own a mono-fin or tail before the clinic to benefit.
All instructors/guest speakers are previous UK squad members and/or UK record holders. There will be a minimum of two, hopefully three depending on student numbers to keep ratios low.
Club recognised beginner mermaid certificate
All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided and included in the price.
Be 18 years or older, have completed the medical statement and be able to swim at least 100 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.
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Reserve your spot on the course by making the corresponding payment from the dropdown below (please see below explanation).
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When you purchase the course you will receive your Medical & Liability forms, please bring them filled in and signed on the day. NOTE: If you have answered ‘yes’ in any of the questions then you will need a doctor’s signature to verify it is safe for you to take part in freediving.
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Congratulations – you’re all done. We will send you an email in the next day or two with further course information including some exercises to start off with.