Enrolling in a PADI course is the easiest and safest way to start mermaiding or to acquire more knowledge and skills.
The internationally popular PADI Mermaid courses are now available in Finland!
PADI, i.e. Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is the world’s largest organization that issues diving certifications and provides training standards. It operates in 186 countries and certifies more than a million divers per year. With PADI courses, you learn the necessary information and safe practices for mermaid diving. In addition, students naturally hone diving techniques and various water skills.
The students meeting the learning goals will receive an internationally recognized digital certification card, which can be used to prove that they have sufficient training to practice the sport. For example, in a swimming pool, a lifeguard may ask your certification card if they cannot otherwise make sure that the divers know how to act according to the safety protocols of apnea sports.
Mer-divers offers the following courses. Please note that participation in the course requires filling out a diver’s medical form and, if necessary, a medical examination to ensure fitness to dive. You can familiarize yourself with the necessary forms and the privacy statement in the forms section.
Mer-divers’ students are insured for the duration of the course dives.
- Mask and snorkel
- Bi-fins aka regular (freediving) fins
- Monofin (and a mermaid tail)
- If you wear a wetsuit, take along a weight belt and diving weights in small increments
You can rent a mermaid tail and monofin from Mer-divers. Our selection includes Finfolk’s wonderful scuba knit discovery tails and Mermaid Linden monofins for smooth diving. Mer-divers also has a limited number of bi-fins and weights that can be borrowed.
PADI Basic Mermaid™
The PADI Mermaid training program starts with the Basic course. It is an effective package of theory and water skills, and the course covers everything essential for starting the hobby. It also creates a good foundation for learning more challenging skills in the next courses. You don’t need previous experience in diving or swimming with a monofin, so everyone interested in mermaiding is welcome to join! The prerequisite is swimming 25 meters on the surface and floating for 3 minutes without aids. Minimum age 6 years. The course includes an online lecture and one pool session. The course duration is approximately 3 hours.
The Mermaid course is perfect for those who are really interested in mermaiding! This course can be carried out as a single unit with the Basic course or as a follow-up course to a previously completed Basic course. You’ll practice different tricks and refine your diving technique. In addition, you’ll learn to use freediving exercises to achieve longer breath hold and therefore longer bottom time safely. You should be able to swim 50 meters without aids and float for 5 minutes. The minimum age is 10 years. The course includes eLearning self-study material in English, theory teaching and two pool sessions. The course duration is approximately 7 hours or 4 hours if the student already holds the Basic Mermaid certification.
PADI Advanced Mermaid™
This is an advanced course for those who already have completed the PADI Mermaid course. In this course, you’ll dive into natural waters and learn how to handle diving-related emergencies. Many divers think that practicing rescue skills feels especially rewarding, and it is your ability to help that can save someone else’s life. Watch the video below where PADI mermaid students helped a scuba diver in distress.
The prerequisite is the ability to swim 100 meters without aids and a 10-minute float. Minimum age 12 years. The course includes eLearning self-study material in English and two diving sessions. The course duration is approximately 4 hours.
- Basic Mermaid 200 €
- Upgrading Basic Mermaid to Mermaid 315 €
- Basic Mermaid + Mermaid combo 415 €
- Advanced Mermaid 285 €