Mermaid School: Mermaiding 201
Mermaid School: Mermaiding 201
Pre-Requisite: Mermaiding 101 or equivalent private lesson through LA Mermaid School
Continue your mermaid education and take your skills to the next level with Mermaiding 201! Our intermediate foundation class that brings you all-new material not covered in Mermaiding 101 including deeper water work, freediving safety basics, water ballet history and lab work, and beginning team choreography.
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!
Class Duration: 1 hour
Ages: 8 and up.
Class Size: 15 students maximum per class
Class Location: Rancho Simi Community Pool, 1765 Royal Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93065
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH THIS ONLINE FORM PLEASE CALL US AT (805) 328-4911 TO REGISTER VIA THE PHONE.
WHO WE ARE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Mermaiding 201 is for people ages 8 and up with mermaid tail experience ONLY who have taken our 101 intro class OR who can provide a link to a video demonstrating swim skills in tail, underwater movement in tail, and meet the age requirement.
If you assume that "you already know" how to be a mermaid and have not taken our Mermaiding 101 class before signing up for 201 you will likely "flounder" in this class, be left out of specific skills work, and possibly turn as red as a lobster from embarrassment when you discover that you weren't prepared on skills (EEK!).
WHAT DO YOU DO IN A CLASS?
Once you've made sure that you have done the pre-work and are ready for class you can expect to have a silly, fun, and overall spectacularly awesome 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 drills and skill practice that works on advanced buoyancy control, hair and facial expression work under water, floats and spins, breathing techniques, simple group choreography basics, and more personalized swim motion coaching. If we have time we'll play a group mermaid game that builds on the skills being covered and wrap up with 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!
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.
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.
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 15 students.
HOW LONG ARE CLASSES?
1 hour of highly interactive learning and exercise.
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.
WHERE DO CLASSES TAKE PLACE?
Rancho Simi Community Pool; 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065
CAN BOYS / MEN COME?
IS THERE A LIFEGUARD?
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 to 82 degrees (F). You are welcome to wear a lightweight wetsuit to wear if you get cold easily.
WHERE DO I PARK?
There is free parking at the venue.
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). If you would like to buy your own mermaid tail 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.
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. Only class participants are allowed in the water.
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 and make sure to bring your press credentials.
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. All reservations for classes are "final sale."
If you find yourself unable to attend and would like to transfer your existing reserved time/date spot to a friend etc. we can do that at no charge with three days notice prior to your scheduled class date/time.
ARE THERE ANY COSTUME SIZE & USAGE NOTES?
Rental tails are subject to size availability and 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?
Yes! 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
HOW CAN I STAY IN CONTACT WITH MY CLASSMATES / SHARE PHOTOS THAT I TOOK?
Currently enrolled and past students of LA Mermaid School mermaid classes, workshops, and photo shoots are encouraged to stay in contact with other mermaid friends through our Mermaid Club. Please CLICK HERE to request access.
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