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.
For swim I am typically 1 mer per every 10(ish) kids using my discretion. Sometimes I’ll go up to 15. I usually tell clients ‘participating kids” as we all know people bring babies and toddlers who likely wont need much of your attention and will be on a parent’s hip. If I have a party of 30 participating kids, I will require 2 mermaids.
Having more than 1 mermaid is ideal for keeping everyone happy, engaged, and dealing with behavioural issues. If a mer has a child who is heckling them a bit, they can re-direct that child to me and we can take turns while the other addresses the group. Having more than 1 mer really helps if you have the odd shy child who may need special attention. If you are by yourself the clients aren’t happy if you spend all your time on 1 child.
For you as the mer, ratios offer the benefit of preventing burnout by having extra help, keeping you safe and limiting your risk, happy clients, and you can bill out a second mermaid to make a bit more money.
Why not give it a try?
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