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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Aqua Mermaid


I published my lists of things to do in Ottawa back in November.. remember them? One for kids and one for adults. I was hoping to encourage people to give gifts of experiences not things. It worked for me: For Christmas, I was gifted dinners out, snowboarding passes and a trip to Escape Manor.

I had no idea that those lists would inspire businesses to contact me looking to get the word out on their activity. One such company, Aqua Mermaid, sent a sweet email inviting me to try a class. A mermaid class? I was hesitant but eventually came around to the idea and I'm so glad I did!

I put the call out to my friends to see if anyone wanted to join me last Saturday evening and the lovely Amanda from Little Lotus Yoga put her hand up! We met at the YMCA downtown, got in our bathing suits, and met up with the owner of Aqua Mermaid for our class.

First up was getting our tails. There are two pieces: the fin part and the tail part. The fin is like flippers you'd wear snorkeling but only one piece for both feet. The tail is stretchy material that goes over the fin and all the way up to your waist. Tail rental is included in the price, but if the mermaid life is for you, you can buy your own tail!

Photo credit: AquaMermaid
Swimming like a mermaid may be glamorous but getting suited up like one definitely was not! The four of us were sitting on the pool deck laughing while trying to wriggle our way into the tails. The easiest way is to get the fin on your feet and then lie flat on your back and shimmy the tail up. If nothing else, the ridiculousness broke the ice and got us in the right frame of mind to be open to this new experience.

Once we were all looking like mermaids, we got in the water. I say that like it was easy, but it actually took some doing! Marielle, the owner, walked us through the basics and told us to swim across the pool. Well! Swimming like a mermaid isn't as easy as it looks. I had trouble with the dolphin kick movement at first, but eventually I could swim on my front and back and sides.

Then it was time for some high fiving.. with our tails! We learned how to propel ourselves forward, back and around in circles using our hands so we could go around high fiving each other with our tails.

Photo credit: AquaMermaid

Marielle brought out some hoops and we swam through them and this is when I started to really get the hang of it. I felt graceful and was having a blast being a mermaid. Next up was handstands, spinning and swimming underwater.

Every class ends with some free swim time, but before that, glamour shots! Getting out of the water was about as graceful as getting in and we were giggling so hard trying to flip from our tummies to our sides. We all lay together with our tails in the air, hamming it up for the camera.

My glamour shot.
Aqua Mermaid does both kid and adult classes every Saturday evening at the Y downtown Ottawa. They also book parties - birthdays and bachelorettes - and will come to your backyard pool for a private lesson or party in the summer months.

Swimming like a mermaid is something to try. An experience I won't soon forget and I'm very thankful for Marielle for reaching out.

Disclosure: I was given free passes for me and a friend to check out the Aqua Mermaid class. All opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. You make a pretty cool mermaid! Looks like the class was a lot of fun.