Finally, You Can Become A Real Life Mermaid

Extreme sports, all right.

Our favorite little animated mermaid once sang:

I wanna be where the people are / I wanna see, wanna see them dancing / Walking around on those / What do you call 'em? / Oh, feet

Well, Ariel, looks like the joke's on you, because women in the UK are signing up for Freedive UK, a professional mermaid course that teaches swimmers how to free dive into nearly 830 feet deep water, and move with — wait for it — a mermaid tail.


The course, recently tried and tested true by The Guardian's Susan Greenwood, attempts to show how free diving can be fun. 

Freedive UK instructor Ian Donald told The Guardian that he wants people to move away from thinking of free diving as an intimidating sport, and that being a "mermaid" can help drive this notion. 

Greenwood writes that she quickly discovered how to be happy under water: Simply, don't panic. 

"And yet I kept going back under, keen each time to push it a bit further. Time slowed down... and I found a sense of liberation, almost transcendence: a brief suspension between vitality and inanimacy," she says.

At its highest level, the four day course at Freedive takes students through free diving theory, breath-hold training, mermaid tail skill sessions and deep dives in warm water.

But free diving is certainly not without its dangers.

In 2011, The New York Times followed Vertical Blue, a crew of professional free divers competing in the Bahamas. 

One diver, William Trubridge, tells the publication that the sport could be "considered extreme, because it takes place in an environment hostile to the human body."

Moreover, holding your breath for that long fills the body with toxic gases that are pushed through the body as pressure increases, and diver Eric Fattah says that divers can experience narcosis that can cause fear and panic. 

Still, the UK class has stirred up plenty of warranted excitement.

Cosmopolitan UK writes we are lucky to be "alive in an age where we can learn how to be a mermaid."

And with proper training, this fantastical concept can be brought to life. Sign us up.

(H/T: Neatorama

Cover photo via iStock / joergposselt

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