I wanted to talk for a moment about the benefit of using ratios of mermaids per children in mermaid party swimming bookings. I think this is a practice that companies should work toward. While it may not be feasible at first for those who are a 1-person operation, as you grow and add more to your team I think it should be a new industry standard. I’ve talked a lot about this in details in my books and publications, along with citations. But for now, here’s the Cole’s notes version!
A ratio is when you determine how many children a single mer can effectively entertain, while also keeping themselves and the children safe. The more kids we add the more the risk goes up and the space goes down in the pool. It’s easy to accidentally harm a child, damage your tail, and yourself. It’s also very hard to engage in a meaningful way with every child.
Spot a Scam - Scam "Tail Makers" in the Mermaid Industry
In the 10 years I have been in the community, I have been contacted a lot about scam tail makers. I have seen first hand outright thieves in the mer-community, and recently I have seen an uptake in this due to popularity. This blog will serve as a share-able reference of how to spot a scam, and what to do if you have been scammed.
Mold! It's no fun- but it's a reality in the mermaid world. Anything that gets wet or sweaty can grow... you guessed it! Toxic and dangerous mold! In today's block we're going to look at the issue of mold, help you prevent it, and what to do when you get it!
This is a pay what you can course! It's a basic introduction to mermaid safety, for recreational mers, those looking to get into mermaiding, and professionals who want to brush up on their skills. Each course takes aprox 40 hours of instructional design and development to create for you. I track down resources from experts both in the mermaid field, the swimming and freediving field, academics, and the safety field.
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This is the first module in a series on mermaid safety. This is an introduction that is good for recreational mers, mers who are just getting started, mers who want to model underwater, or those who don't know where to start when it comes to safety. It's also an excellent course for those who want to start a business. This course focuses on your personal safety. This is not a course for the safety of others, that will follow!
Created by Raina using her background in First Aid Training, Free Diving, Instructional design, and education.
This course draws information from industry experts in mermaiding, health and safety, freediving, and risk management.
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Special thanks to consulting expert Dr. Matthieu J. Guitton, faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec City
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Let’s get real. The amount of merfolk who do nothing but work as mers are very few and far between- if there are any at all. Many of the well known famous mermaids diversify their income.
Hannah Fraser- world famous mermaid, not only works as a mermaid but works as a model, performer, artist, and photographer. Mermaid Melissa supplemented her income for years while working at SeaWorld, modelling, stunt work, and monetizing YouTube. Mermaid Linden in addition to being a mermaid launched a line of monofins and kid’s tails, monetized a popular YouTube series, and Freediving judging.
“Working as a mer” can come in many varieties as well. From parties, to filming, selling accessories and tails, teaching lessons, educational events, tourism events, and more.
I have spent about half of my professional mermaid career doing only mermaid work. The other half I was also a student, working part time, or working full time in addition. For the first half of my mermaid career I was still ramping up my business and it was very seasonal. This made it a bit easier to cope with school, or a part time job. Twice in my mermaid career I have worked full time at a 9-5 job while taking time off as needed for weekday mermaid gigs, and working gigs all weekend.
In this blog I will cover tips for balancing your mer career with your other career and/or education, diversifying your income, and provide you with resources and problem-solving tips.
Brought to you by Tiny Siren Animation- a new mermaid on demand series: “Sirenetta & the Second Star”. I got to preview this series before its general release to the public- and boy am I ready to shell-e-brate!
Hello every-fish! One of the things I am asked a lot about is how I keep my mermaid hair despite all the time I spend in the chlorine! I get asked a lot about wigs, hair care products, hair damage, and more. Over the years I have written about it in numerous ways, done some videos, and even included a section in my book. Here for you now is my complete take on “mermaid hair care” with a fun look at my journey! I hope it helps you protect your hair and feel confident in your hair styles!
Much like I wrote about in my “Merfolk and their Weight” blog, fitness is very much a personal journey. I started documenting my fitness journey almost a year ago on this blog. For this entry I want to give a summary of the year, share some wisdom with my personal trainer, and let you know what I’ve come to learn is important for mermaids with their fitness!
A lot goes into being a mermaid. Whether you’re doing it for fun, or doing it as a job. Hair, makeup, costumes, and yes… fitness. It takes a lot of strength and stamina to be a mer, and being a mer can add an extra layer of stress to your body. You’re swimming, often in a very heavy costume, lugging loads of gear and sometimes kids, balancing precariously, and dealing with often stressful situations. Your costume puts a lot of pressure on your hips, knees, and ankles. The dolphin kick can put a lot of extra force on your lower back when it’s coupled with a tail that is either heavy or creates a lot of drag (resistance) in the water.
Back when I started researching for my third book: The Fishy Business Handbook for Mermaids, I asked the community what sort of information they'd like to see in the book. I had an overwhelming response asking for the experiences of other merfolk in different demographics. So I began running surveys and collecting experiences from different demographics from our mer-world. This included asking men about their experiences, asking the merfolk who are trans/non binary, looking at issues specific to merMAIDS, and a big request was research into the area of weight and body image. The information I collected went on to be in my book, and other blogs, such as the recent on on Mermen.
I ran a survey for months where anyone who identified as "plus size" (a term suggested) within the mer community could share their experiences. The survey results were published in my book, and now I'd like to share some of them with you all here! All of the photos you see were submitted by people who self-identified as "plus size" (or a similar variation) and were happy to contribute.
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