I’m done adulting. All I want to do is run away and be a mermaid! And OMG…my dreams came true! A new mermaid class has come to Chicago!! Aquamermaid Chicago offers introductory classes for adults (over 14) and kids (7-13). The intro class fits would-be mermaids with a fin, lets you choose your color of tail (pink or blue), and teaches you the basics of swimming without legs! It was one of the most fun Sunday afternoons I’ve had in a while. How often do you get to live out a fantasy?!
YESSSSS, QUEEN! Aquamermaid offers classes on Sunday afternoons, for one hour each. And yes, the tail and fin rental are included in the price of the class!
Aquamermaid Chicago holds their classes at the Whitney Young High School pool near downtown Chicago. I got confused trying to find the right building, but finally made it to the pool!
First, you find your way to the locker room and get into your swimsuit. NOTE: Bring a towel!!! We forgot to bring a towel and had to improvise after the class was over!
Next, you’ll get fitted for a monofin! This means that they have to find a fin that will properly stay on your feet throughout the class…because what’s a mermaid without a fin? A sad mermad, that’s what.
Then you get to choose your tail — pink or blue. They come in sizes S-L…but plus size ladies don’t fear…the material is very stretchy, so I had no problem getting into the L, even though I’m a size 18/20.
Also, you WILL need help getting into your tail. That’s what the lovely instructors and helpers are there for! This is not a graceful process…it involves laying down, shimmying, pulling, flopping, standing and at one point, doing a crab walk. But it’s worth it. Once it’s on, you transform into a beautiful mermaid princess!
Of course, I’m a sucker for a photo op, and I couldn’t just arrive without a mermaid inspired outfit…so yes, I put extensions in my hair and had a full face of makeup so that I could fulfill my beautiful mermaid dreams. lol.
During the class, we learned how to swim like a mermaid, which is basically a lovely undulating, repeating motion of abs, hips, tail, fin. You learn to do it on your stomach and on your back…and then on your side, which is a lot harder! After everyone is fairly comfortable with their techniques, we learn a few tricks like the fin stand and mermaid kisses and then the class culminates in a mermaid race! I did not win, but I didn’t care…it was magical! And of course…Aquamermaid knows that that mermaids HAVE to have time for pictures, so they graciously allow you to do all sorts of poses for the camera during the end of the class! Here are some fun after-class shots (sans-extensions, of course) and a fab video that they shot during my class!
And OMG…I got to meet two other fabulous bloggers who were at the class too! Dasha from Windy City Wardrobe and Jalpa from Samosa Pop were so fun and lovely to hang with at Mermaid School!