Mermaiding: Mermaid schools trend worldwide

It looks like, the term mermaid is fast-becoming a verb, hence there is what we see "mermaiding" in various countries who are already in the business and perhaps, fascination(?) with studying how to swim like the mermaids.
Mermaiding in the Philippines
Photo: Normeth Preglo
In Spain, a mermaid academy is seemingly gaining grounds as a business venture. Somehow, the trend is encouraging entrepreneurs to consider mermaid tail making.

A living example of this growing phenomena that is rooted from the old times' sea related lores is Susana Seuma. After her leg injury due to a car accident, she had to quit her job as a sales manager.

When asked by her partner if she ever dreamed of becoming anything other than a sales person, Susana said, she has long been wanting to be a mermaid.

That very conversation led to the founding of "Sirenas Mediterranean Academy" in 2013 - a mermaid school.

To date, the academy has already produced about 500 people with the mermaid swimming skills.

Ms. Seuma's business is growing. Interestingly, an 8-year-old girl from Turkey even convinced her family to visit Spain to spend a mermaid swimming day.

"Mermaiding" is also booming in other countries like the Philippines and United States. In fact, there is already an "International Mermaid Swimming Instructors Association" - a consortium of mermaid schools aimed at introducing the concept of mermaid swimming to interested individuals.

"Mermaiding" is also an "in" thing in the movie industries and even in the parks where marine shows are being conducted or offered.

But then, amid growing interest on mermaid swimming, safety advocates do have some kind of concerns.

For example, Edmonton, Canada declared itself as a "no mermaid zone", wherein  monofins and mermaid tails are banned from any public swims at city pools.

A person or swimmer might black out while underwater, said Edmonton pools supervisor Rob Campbell.

To add, B. Chris Brewster, president of the United States Lifesaving Association said:
I suppose this is an activity that beats nothing…but from a safety perspective I’d much rather see people teaching their kids to swim and to stay on the surface where lifeguards can monitor them
Source: WSJ, IMSIA

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