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

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Mermaid Deepblue 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

If you wish to join us on a course, for beginners please follow this link:

Performance mermaids beginners courses

If you wish to read more about our full training package to turn you into an aquarium performance mermaid please follow this link:

Performance mermaids full course list

Any questions, please feel free to contact the school. 07940998915 or

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