Elevate your mermaiding experience in open water, while refining and improving your mermaid diving skills.
In the PADI Advanced Mermaid™ course, you’ll build on your PADI Mermaid™ certification and apply it to the open water environment. You’ll learn the basics of how the open water environment differs from a pool or confined water (larger, deeper, more variable conditions) and be introduced to open water mermaiding techniques. You’ll also learn about aquatic life – what to expect, how it can affect you and how you avoid harm.
To enroll in the PADI Advanced Mermaid course you must be 12 years old or older and have a PADI Mermaid certification (or a qualifying certification from another mermaid organization). You need to be able to swim at least 100m/320ft without swim aids, able to float comfortably at the surface for at least 10 minutes, and be in good physical health.
The PADI Advanced Mermaid course consists of three main phases:
In the PADI Advanced Mermaid course, you will use a monofin (i.e. mermaid tail), mask, snorkel, and fins. You may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for mermaiding is best for this level; however, you may be able to use snorkeling equipment you already own. If you are a freediver, some of your gear (e.g. mask, fins, and snorkel) is also mermaiding gear.
Our PADI Mermaid Instructor Jen Downey can teach any of the following courses in beautiful St Maarten year-round or locally in the DC area over select dates in the summer.
Minimum age: 12
Time requirement: 12-15 hours
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