Mermaid school is a real thing and they take it very seriously


One woman, however, is turning both adults' and children's dreams into a reality with a special mermaid academy. That's right, it's a school that teaches you how to become a mermaid. Many of us can but dream of metamorphosing into a mermaid. 

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding students swim in their tails during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding students swim in their tails during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding students swim in their tails during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding students swim in their tails during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding instructor Michelle Forsbrey poses for a photograph while wearing a mermaid tail at her home in Boscombe on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding student Alessandra Cattaneo swims during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding students swim in their tails during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding student Fin Hatcher, age 12, swims during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006.. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding instructor Michelle Forsbrey (C) speaks with students of her Mayim Mermaid Academy during a lesson on Boscombe Beach on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding students swim in their tails during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding instructor Michelle Forsbrey arranges mermaid tails ahead of a lesson on Boscombe Beach on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaid tails dry-out in the garden of mermaiding instructor Michelle Forsbrey following a lesson in Boscombe on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding student Annabel Canavan swims during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding instructor Michelle Forsbrey's niece and student Erin Forsbrey, aged 8, gathers equipment ahead of a lesson at her aunt's home in Boscombe on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Students in Michelle Forsbrey's Mayim Mermaid Academy put on their tails during a lesson on Boscombe Beach on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding students (L-R) Tom Hatcher, Erin Forsbrey, Bay Woods, age 10, Fin Hatcher, age 12, mermaiding instructor Michelle Forsbrey, Annabel Canavan, Claire Cumming and Alessandra Cattaneo get into the water during a Mayim Mermaid Academy lesson at the swimming pool at Bournemouth Collegiate School on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Mermaiding instructor Michelle Forsbrey (R) speaks with students of her Mayim Mermaid Academy during a lesson on Boscombe Beach on August 19, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. The ancient Assyrian goddess Atargatis is thought to be one of the earliest mermaids and like Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea from around 4000bc, she had the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. Throughout history Merfolk have been popular in art and literature. A well known Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) was adapted to an animated film in 1990 and is still popular today. Recently the practice of mermaiding has become popular across the world as an extreme sport and cosplay/performance art. Mermaiding involves the wearing of a costume mermaid tail, consisting of a plastic monofin covered in a fabric, while swimming or performing. The practice of mermaiding has been taught by professional instructors in the UK since 2006. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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Mayim Mermaid Academy in Bournemouth, UK, teaches "mermaiding students" how to swim and perform with mermaid tails, which consist of a plastic mono-fin covered in fabric.Michelle Forsbrey, who goes by the mermaid alias MerShell, is the founder of the mermaid academy. She's been developing the skills of 300 wannabe-mercreatures on the south coast of England since launching her academy in summer 2015. "I love mermaids, I love the water, the ocean, the beach. I live four minutes' walk away from the beach and that is not close enough," says Forsbrey. 

She teaches children aged 6 and over, as well as adults. She says her oldest mermaids have been in their sixties. She says she and her students "laugh and have an incredible time under the water." 

"Swimming as a mermaid is incredible. It's peaceful, dreamy, and a lovely form of exercise wearing a beautiful tail," says Forsbrey. 

She says kids and teens are obsessed with mermaids at the minute because they're watching Netflix's Mako Mermaids series. "They are going crazy over mermaids!" Forsbrey continues. 

She says that mermaid tails aren't accessible everywhere and it's really important for wannabe-mermaids to learn the safety aspects if they want to swim like a sea creature. Forsbrey has accreditation from the International Mermaid Swimming Instructors Association, and a range of swimming and diving qualifications. She's also a qualified lifeguard and Red Cross lifesaver. 

So, what exactly do mermaid lessons entail? Just like swimming, mermaiding has a series of levels that you can work your way up. Beginners will learn the basics, like putting on a mermaid tail, safety and care, and how to enter and exit the pool. Students will also learn basic swimming techniques, like "mermaid breast stroke", and treading water, along with some "under water fun" like finding treasure. 

More advanced mermaids will learn stuff like breathing techniques, handstands, rolls and underwater poses. You'll also learn choreography and will be able to make up your own routines. Fun!

Prices for classes start at £20 per person for two-person classes, and one-on-ones are £100 per person. 

Dreams really do come true, it seems.

 

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