Mermaid School: Mermaiding 101
Mermaid School: Mermaiding 101
MORE 2017 DATES! MORE FIN! We swim rain or shine!
Learn to be a mermaid (or merman) by coming to LA Mermaid School: the swimming day trip adventure for mermaids that is dophinitely going to make you "sea" the world differently!
Our LA Mermaid School is taught by the very same finstructors who make a splash in Hollywood with their incredible tricks, techniques, and mesmerizing personalities. In this fun-filled fin-tasy guests will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a real Hollywood mermaid (or merman) and master some of the basic techniques that our world-famous professional mermaids use in TV commercials!
At the end of class each student who successfully passes all of their drills and learning exercises will receive a completion card for "Mermaid 101: Introduction to Mermaiding."
Class Duration: 1 hour
Ages: 8 and up.
Class Size: 12 students maximum per class
Class Location: Rancho Simi Community Park - 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065
GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE - Please check the gift certificate option on the checkout menu. Gift Certificates are emailed to the email listed and are only valid for the selected date.
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PLEASE READ ALL OF THE BELOW INFORMATION TO BE PREPARED TO ATTEND A MERMAID SCHOOL CLASS.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE DO CLASSES TAKE PLACE?
Mermaid School classes are held conveniently on the border of Ventura County and Los Angeles County, California in Simi Valley, CA at the Rancho Simi Community Pool, 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065 USA
WHERE DO I PARK?
There is free parking next to the venue. Once you are parked walk down the concrete path along the building to the chain link fence on the long side of the pool. Tug hard on the chain link gate door with the "keep closed" sign on it to enter. The door is heavy so tug hard.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Each Mermaid School class participant needs to bring sandals, goggles, a swim suit (one piece swim suits tend to be the most practical), 2 towels, warm clothes to change in to, their liability release form, and a proof of registration (your receipt). A rental mermaid tail is included in your registration price. If you would like to buy your own please order it at least 2 weeks before your class by CLICKING HERE. Use of any personal owned mermaid tails are subject to the approval of the instructor. Please leave jewelry and valuables at home.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN A CLASS?
We have a silly, fun, great time in the water! We start with check in and stretching as a group before moving in to swim tests. After the class ability is seen from the swim tests the Finstructor leads the mermaid class in untailed drills and skill practice before donning tails, repeating the drills and skills in the tails, playing a group mermaid game, and having a chance for free swim / photos in tail (please note we do NOT provide photography, you should bring your own camera). Once free swim is over it's time to shower off, dry off, and go on to your next adventure!
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Then you're in luck - you're already wet! In the random, unlikely, and off chance that California actually gets rain we still have class. We swim rain or shine. In the event of lightning we clear the pool and shelter inside for 20 minutes until the lifeguards give an ok to resume in the water and head back out to the pool. During the break we substitute in other land based training and content to fill the time that is normally only available in our private classes. We do NOT cancel mermaid school- ever. We just keep swimming and adapt to deliver a quality experience!
HOW OLD DO YOU NEED TO BE TO ATTEND?
Age 8 or older. This age is firm, even if your child is amazing and has their own tail already etc. Our students come from all ages (the oldest was 68!), genders, and backgrounds.
CAN I TAKE A CLASS WITH ONLY MY FRIENDS?
DO YOU STILL HAVE SPOTS AVAILABLE?
Yes we do - we remove class options as they fill. If you are seeing a class on the option list then it has at least one space available. If you have technical issues please call us at (805) 328-4911.
DO NOT JUST SHOW UP WITHOUT A RESERVATION AND TRY TO "CRASH" A CLASS, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN AS WE ONLY BRING A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF TAILS FOR ENROLLED STUDENTS WITH US IN EACH CLASS.
We have up to 5 classes running a day. If you can't remember which one you are in please call us at (805) 328-4911 at least one week prior to the date to have us look it up for you.
CAN I REGISTER WITH MY FRIENDS?
Sure! As long as there are enough spots available for your group and all of you meet the swim criteria (see below).
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN A CLASS?
We limit classes to 1 Finstructor with a maximum of 12 students.
HOW LONG ARE CLASSES?
1 hour of highly interactive learning and exercise.
DO I NEED ANY PREVIOUS MERMAID OR MERMAN EXPERIENCE?
No, our classes are geared for beginning merpeople with no prior fin experience. You DO need to be a strong swimmer though, please see below.
DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM? WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED SWIM SKILLS?
YES. In-tail mermaid classes are for strong, confident swimmers only. Our swimmers are in the water and swimming for most of an hour.
Most children in our children's classes come from swim team or multi-year formal swim lesson backgrounds. Swim tests are done at the beginning of each LA Mermaid School lesson. Any person failing the swim test may continue in the class but will NOT be allowed to put on a costume for their own safety, may not be allowed to participate in all activities or drills, and will be asked to leave without a refund if their presence is considered to be "taking away" time and/or staff attention from the class as a whole.
Please do not endanger your child - we are serious about the swim skills needed to do this class. Before enrolling you should ensure that the person(s) being enrolled can consistently do the following:
- Swim 120 feet without stopping, endangering self or others, complaining, or otherwise appearing to be confused, panicked, upset, or disoriented using proper front crawl or breath stroke swim technique.
- Display independence, comfort, and confidence in the water (e.g. no hanging on to parents, wall, floaties, randomly going in to a fetal position and sinking to the bottom of the pool, hiding in a corner, etc.).
- Swim WITHOUT displaying "distressed swimmer" indicators per American Red Cross Standards (e.g. must be making deliberate forward progress in water, able to keep head above water for air when needed, not flail in the water).
- Be comfortable placing entire body (including face/head) underwater and swimming below the water's surface.
- Be able to safely retrieve a submerged object (such as a dive ring) from a depth of 5'.
If a person you wish to register is unable to complete these swim skills please invest in swim lessons BEFORE registering for one of our classes. Our classes DO NOT take the place (or need of) regular non-tailed swim instruction under a qualified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) or swim coach.
CAN BOYS / MEN COME?
IS THERE A LIFEGUARD?
Yes, a lifeguard is on duty during our Mermaid School classes.
CAN I STOP BY / REGISTER ON SITE?
Registrations for LA Mermaid School classes are only done through this website and pre-registrations are required based on class sizes.
IS THE POOL HEATED?
Yes, it's heated per community pool swim standards. You are welcome to wear a lightweight wetsuit to wear if you get cold easily.
IS THERE A BATHROOM?
MY CHILD IS A GREAT SWIMMER BUT THEY AREN'T 8 YET. WHY CAN'T THEY BE IN THE CLASS?
We look forward to seeing them after they turn 8. You can also always request a private Mermaid Party too - they are specifically designed for younger ages and are fin-tastic fun!
CAN MY FRIEND TAKE PHOTOS OF ME? CAN I TAKE PHOTOS OF MY CHILD?
Yes as long as it is for personal, non-commercial usage. We just ask that you respect others and do not include them in the photo if they ask you not to and do not interfere with the flow of the class.
I'M A REPORTER / MEMBER OF THE PRESS / BLOGGER. CAN I COME?
Yes, with pre-authorization as we may need to obtain additional city approval. Please call us at (805) 328-4911 to ask about availability.
DO YOU HAVE A WAITING LIST FOR ANY SOLD OUT DATES OR NEW LOCATIONS?
Yes - please CLICK HERE.
I CAN'T MAKE IT AFTER ALL. CAN I GET A REFUND? / SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT CAME UP - CAN I RESCHEDULE?
No, our classes run rain, cold, or shine and are not refundable, are not "returnable," and may not be rescheduled for a different date or time as we have to reserve our pool space a year in advance and cannot move or add more time options on to it. As a result all reservations for classes are "final sale." This policy includes excuses due to illness, family emergencies, poor time management, unplanned conflicts, lack of transportation, social engagements, not liking cloudy weather, being attacked by a hydra, etc.
ARE THERE ANY COSTUME SIZE & USAGE NOTES?
Costume and equipment usage is dependent on successful swim skill demonstration in class and size restrictions regardless of age. We offer both child and adult sizes for people 60 pounds or larger with adult shoe sizes 4-12 (only). If your child has a foot size smaller than a 4 then they unfortunately will not fit our tails and would need to purchase their own in advance and/or bring their own with them.
Yes, we DO offer plus sizes for individuals up to 250 pounds and up to approximately 6'4" tall.
Any person displaying signs of rashes, blisters, open wounds, chicken pox, or other skin conditions or reporting a recent history of any recent skin disease will not be allowed to use a LA Mermaid School owned costume and may not be allowed in the pool by park pool personnel.
CAN I RESERVE A PRIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE GROUP SESSION / PARTY?
If you would like to have our team devoted to you and your own group's needs at your own facility call (805) 328-4911 to ask us how to reserve a private group mermaid party! You can also "sea" more of our parties by CLICKING HERE
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WATCH NEWS VIDEOS ABOUT LA MERMAID SCHOOL
MEET THE FINSTRUCTORS
Real mermaids (appearing in their human form) will be leading each of our classes. Click on their photos to learn more about them:
Finstructor photos courtesy of Joe Woods