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Now we spoke by e mail was Sheila Kaiser Lead Lead Mermaid Instructor at Awkward Mermaid in Austin Texas. She said Mermaid has been around for twenty plus years. I think will only continue to grow in popularity. We teach ages seven to eighty and they have all different reasons for wanting to come then experience being a mermaid or Merman. Yes the Typical Mermaid school has classes for both adults and children and hosts special events like Bachelorette parties we also spoke by email with Kayla. MARAMA armored instructor and Professional Belly Dancer in the Northern Virginia Virginia area. She said I personally have loved mermaids. Since I was young and I also love the water for children when they have the chance to meet a real mermaid and learn from one they often are very excited to do so adults that are interested in mermaid ing tend to do so for a few different reasons to live out a childhood fantasy or to do something different and interesting but she notes. It's a lot harder than it sounds. Indeed Mermaid is definitely best done by confidence swimmers Marama explains. We know no that swimming in any capacity can be a tough workout so one must be a strong swimmer before putting on a tale as a tail adds. A new level of difficulty tells me way between fifteen eighteen and thirty five pounds. That's about seven sixteen kilos. Many Mermaid schools require participants to be able to pass basic swim tests being able to swim at least twenty twenty five meters. That's around eighty feet tread water for a minute and float on your friend and your back in a class you learn the basics of how to swim with a tail plus things like the Mermaid made high five and how to do handstands which soon translate into synchronized mermaids swimming skills some classes also teach kids about caring for the oceans and indeed mermaids swimming is a killer way to get or stay in shape we also spoke by email with co-head Mermaid Rachel Roddick with Aqua Mermaid Chicago. She said it offers a total body workout. From toning your gluts quads and ABS combined with great cardio exercises working on breath control underwater. It's a low impact sport. The benefits from from the boy effect of the water that takes pressure off joints alleviating pain and discomfort at your first class usually just need to wear a swimsuit. The school will normally normally supply the monitoring and the tail skin. The monovalent is a piece of equipment with full pockets that allows you to propel forward in the water while the tail skin is a complete tale. It's pulled on over the modification. If you plan to stick with this you may want to buy your own models run from about one hundred bucks for something basic all the way to five hundred dollars dollars or even three thousand for Realistic Professional Grade Mermaid tails but wait you say you can be professional mermaid. You Bet allthough some people take the classes just for fun and exercise. There's a growing contingent of professional mermaids around the World Uncle Mermaid estimates that there are about a thousand professional mermaids currently working in the United States. There's presently no standard certification program that Almer people must pass but there are a number of mermaid conferences held around the world every year so how does pursue a merger career many pros become Mermaids Swim Instructors Mermaid entertainers at birthday parties events in the like Mermaid eight influencers on Social Media and even Custom Mermaid tail makers. There are also mermaid modeling opportunities to be had for photo shoots or on film. A A friend of mine was a mermaid extra in a recent episode of Hawaii five o much like any career. There's some investment required on the front end to become professional. Mur Person I a potential pro must be a strong swimmer and have a background teaching swimming or synchronized swimming if they plan to be an instructor and other classes can help like early childhood education education courses if you plan on working with kids and Business Courses Mermaid ing is a business after all today's episode was written by Elliott and produced by Tyler claim brain. Stuff is the production of iheartradio's. How stuff works for more on this a month of others splashy topics visit our home planet planet has networks dot com and for more podcasts from iheartradio business iheartradio APP apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your favorite shows today's episode is brought brought to you by the capital one venture card when you earn unlimited double miles on every purchase your next trip is closer than you think. What's in your wallet."