Mermaid school adds a splash of magic to swimming lessons
Remember when you were a young child and you dreamed of possessing your own glorious mermaid tail as you belted Ariel's "Part of That World" during your nightly bubble bath? Well, it seems Disney World isn't the only place where magical dreams can come true.
Cue the World of Swimming Mermaid School. This school makes your mermaid fantasies reality as swimmers of all ages sport faux mermaid tails while strengthening their swimming skills. The school has locations in Michigan and New York. Elena Nannoshi, World of Swimming president, told The Huffington Post:
"In mermaid class I always see a lot of excitement. We can use a lot of imagination."
Not only do swimmers at this school learn your typical backstroke and butterfly, they also learn valuable mermaid skills such as mermaid kicking, navigating, and even kissing! Don't worry, you won't get cooties from mermaid kissing. That's just the term for an underwater breathing technique in which swimmers blow kisses with bubbles.
The wannabe mermaids and mermen wear plastic or neoprene wetsuits to truly feel like the underwater Gods and Goddesses they are. The students are even asked to create their own mermaid stories. Perhaps one student is one of Ariel's older sisters who is secretly in love with Ursula's dashing young merman son that we never knew existed! The options are limitless!
The best part is that, like Ariel in the classic Disney film's sequel, the swimmers get to be a part of both worlds. They enjoy their magical mermaid time during their swimming lessons but are granted their trusty legs back as soon as the lesson ends.
World of Swimming enables people to push the boundaries of their imaginations. They become strong swimmers, overcome their fear of water, and prove that they can do anything they put their minds to. The world really is a magical place.
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