Mermaid Instructor

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Mermaid Instructor ~ $1,500 USD 

(Does not include PADI fees)

Minimum age: 18

Time requirement: 5-7 days

(Includes classroom, pool, and open water sessions)

Take your passion for merfolk and share it with the world. Learn how to teach your human friends to mer in a controlled and safe environment. Build teaching skills and techniques that can apply to all humans wishing to transform into mers.


In the PADI Mermaid Instructor™ course, you’ll refine your PADI Mermaid™ certifications and apply them to teaching others the wonders of the underwater world. You’ll learn the basics of how to design your own program, using the PADI teaching system. You earn a PADI Mermaid Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

To enroll in the PADI Mermaid Instructor course you must be 18 years old or older and have a PADI Advanced Mermaid certification (or a qualifying certification from another mermaid organization). You need to be able to swim at least 800m/yd with and without swim aids, be able to float comfortably at the surface for at least 10 minutes, and be in good physical health.


The PADI Mermaid Instructor course consists of three main phases:

  1. Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Mermaid Instructor materials.
  2. Confined water sessions, in which you’ll learn to prepare for mermaiding, rescue/problem management skills, and the conduct of mermaid dives. You also refine your mermaid skills, such as dolphin (butterfly) kicks, C-shape and U-shape side turns, and some skills distinct to mermaid diving, including backward somersault turn, underwater handshaking mermaid bubbles, and back glides.
  3. Open water sessions in a natural local body of water, or a purpose-built site significantly larger than a pool, suited to mermaid diving in which you learn and practice the set-up, conduct, and execution of open water mermaid dives, including environmentally friendly mermaid diving techniques.


In the PADI Mermaid Instructor course, you will use a monofin (i.e. mermaid tail), mask, snorkel, and fins. You may also wear a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for freediving and mermaiding is required for this level.

Ready to start your mermaid experience? Contact us to get set up!