Performance Mermaids2019-04-28T02:33:29+01:00

PERFORMANCE MERMAIDS

Performance mermaids is a growing entity. We are about the development of the underwater creative and performance aspect of mermaiding rather than parties and dry performances. We are about safety, fun, learning, personal development, confidence, experience, fitness and professional performance. We are at the cutting edge of breath hold ability due to our background in Freediving education. We have developed a structure of training and experience to develop the best mermaids we can and find regular outlets for their creativity and flair in a professional and safe manner.
We truly believe there should be a minimum entry requirement in terms of education so that all mermaids know how to train safely and what to do in the case of emergency, and how to look after each other, which means our starting base of people are also all safety conscious considerate people. There is a lot to consider when doing breath hold activities, and some of the information is little understood by the general community. We want to permeate the community with this information to make the breath hold aspect of the sport safer.

You can follow us on our Instagram page @performancemermaids or our facebook page @performancemermaids

Mermaid sea life

Aurelie Berlin Sea Life

Our focus can be divided into five main parts.

1) Education:

Basic courses are important for safety, for comfort, for ease of learning and for consideration of others. We start with an Internationally recognised freediving pool and theory course, and then freedivers choose whether they want to move up the education ladder towards becoming better freedivers. We then teach a beginner mermaid course which shows how to use the monofin and tail safely, with training ideas and technique practice. Some mermaids then just want to enjoy the sport at this entry level and get benefits by doing so. Most though do choose to improve themselves in some way through the Education system we have in place to move on to deeper mermaiding for aquariums for example, and choreography for tank and aquarium performances

Static Breath Hold Diving

Freediving course Static apnea

2) Fitness:

Mermaiding is underwater movement, it uses energy, but you are exercising doing something you enjoy. It helps weight loss, it improves cardiovascular fitness, and strengthens muscles and helps with flexibility amongst other benefits. This is an enjoyable way to keep fit whilst doing something you enjoy, as good a reason as any. We always have over 10 weekly pool sessions, sometimes more across the UK, and regular open water diving in the warmer months.

3) Recreation:

We have regular pool sessions where people can turn up and socialise, enjoy a dive and come for the fun and relaxation of it all. This is as much of an option as performance training is. The beautiful thing about mermaiding is that you can have people in the same pool space, with different goals and they all get what they need from a session. It works very well for us. Even though it is very personal you get out of it what you want, we also look after each other very closely, so strong bonds are formed. We dive both in pools and open water, and once again, you can specialise in either or both.

4) Day trips and holidays:

We go swimming in the sea, we dive as freedivers with sharks and seals and turtles and rays, we do trips abroad, you have the option of accessing waterways, lakes, quarries, seas and oceans in a totally different way than you have experienced before. For the adventurous amongst us, this is certainly an option, but if not, the recreational diving is fun.

5) Performances:

We have developed shows and performances for aqua theatres and aquariums. We have been able to do so due to our professionalism and demonstration of safe practices partly through our qualification structure. We currently work with several aquariums throughout the UK and we can provide the skill set for aspiring mermaids to do so too.

We have outlets all around the UK and we are growing steadily

performance mermaids poster

DAY 1: POOL & THEORY

We start with classroom theory and onto the swimming pool where we cover Statics (STA), Dynamic Apnea (DYN), safety and rescues.

  • Certification:
    AIDA 2 Star – Pool Freediver.
    Allows you to dive with the club in the pool environment.
  • Duration:
    1 Day
  • Day 1:
    Knowledge development (classroom theory), Static Apnea and Dynamic Apnea (pool).
  • Equipment:
    Swimming kit and comfortable clothes. All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided.
  • Requirements:
    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.
  • Price: £125

DAY 2: Beginner Mermaid Mono fin taster day

The Beginner mermaid Mono fin taster day 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 and tail 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 before the clinic to benefit.

All instructors/guest speakers are previous UK squad members and/or UK record holders.

  • Certification:
    Experience only
  • Duration:
    1 Day
  • Equipment:
    All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided and included in the price.
  • Pool fees:
    Included
  • Requirements:
    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.
  • Price: £125

1/4: PICK A COURSE DATE

Find the next available Beginner Mermaid Course from the google calendar below.

If you cannot find any dates for the above course, please contact steve@freedivers.co.uk or call +44 (0) 7940 998915 and we will accommodate you the best we can.

NOTE: Make sure you have the correct course location as there may be a few.

2/4: PAY NOW

Reserve your spot on the course by making the booking from the options below.

PLEASE NOTE * – If you are already qualified please book the Beginner Mermaid Course

PLEASE NOTE * – If you are not qualified as a Freediver please book the AIDA 2 Pool & Theory Option Below

3/4: DOWNLOAD FORMS

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.

4/4: ALL DONE

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.

Are there any hidden costs?2019-05-30T10:49:02+01:00

Course fees include pool fees and equipment. For AIDA courses the certification costs are due at the end of the course you wish to be signed off for, normally 20 Euros per certification. The PADI courses include the first certification when you purchase the Freediver Touch. Open water fees are not included, some sites are free, some charge and that is payable locally.

Is all the equipment included?2019-05-30T10:49:02+01:00

Yes – all equipment is provided, the school carries full kit, enough to kit several groups at once, so sizing is rarely an issue.

Cross overs – if I am already a certified Freediver with another agency?2019-05-30T10:49:02+01:00

We have a cross over chart so that we can enrol you onto the appropriate course. Also those agencies that are not recognised, we can find fair ways of enrolling you onto the appropriate course and getting value from it. A freediver is a freediver, as well as rules being rules.

What is the minimum age?2019-05-30T10:49:01+01:00

18 years to become an AIDA Freediver, if you have parental permission and you are joining with a parent, the age is 16 years of age.

From the time I complete the pool and theory, and do the open water, how long do I have to complete the qualification?2019-05-30T10:49:01+01:00

12 months unless you visit us in-between that time and do some refresher training, then it can last another 12 months from that date. It is also possible to be signed off at AIDA 2* Pool Freediver level (you would be charged a nominal fee for the certification if doing it using this method). Most people however want to move onto the open water section of the course and complete the full AIDA 2* Freediver course.

Do I need to be fit to do this course?2019-05-30T10:49:01+01:00

You can get fit doing the sport! General health is important for safety, you will get a medical form to fill in, it is a self-declaration form. If you have any significant medical problems (heart/lungs, diabetes, asthma for example) you would need to see a Doctor first to see if the sport was for you. Many people have mild symptoms that do not preclude them from the sport with a Doctors permission, however a serious condition would likely stop you. You will benefit from a basic level of fitness, but being slightly overweight or slightly unfit won’t stop you from doing really well in the course. It is something you can work on.

Is there any self-study to do?2019-05-30T10:49:01+01:00

We have put together some useful exercises and a reading pack for you to help you during the course. It is not compulsory to do this, however highly recommended.

Do I have to have any previous diving experience to do the AIDA 2 Star Freediver course?2019-04-01T16:48:54+01:00

No. It is designed as an entry level qualification, however, there is scope if you do have experience to still get benefits even from the entry level course. Our instructors are very experienced, so can take you to a higher level than required just to pass the course.

Do I have to have any previous experience for the PADI Freediver Course?2019-05-30T10:40:44+01:00

No. It is designed as an entry level qualification, however, there is scope if you do have experience to still get benefits even from the entry level course. Our instructors are very experienced, so can take you to a higher level than required just to pass the course.

Do I have to have any previous diving experience to do the AIDA 3 Freediver course?2019-05-30T10:47:08+01:00

Yes. You require to be a minimum qualification of AIDA 2 or equivalent. The pool is very easy to pass, the open water it is recommended that you are diving regularly.

Do I have to have any previous diving experience to do the AIDA 4 Freediver course?2019-05-30T10:48:29+01:00

Yes. You require to be a minimum qualification of AIDA 3 or equivalent. The pool is very easy to pass, the open water it is recommended that you are diving regularly.

Instructors

Steve Millard
Steve MillardAIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer & PADI Master Freediving Instructor
Performance mermaids