10 Best Places in the World to Take Your SSI Mermaid Course

Have you thought about becoming a real life mermaid? (Or merman, of course).

SSI offers a range of courses to help you express your mermaid magic underwater. From Model Mermaid, where you learn how to pose for realistic mermaid photographs, to Ocean Mermaid where you discover how to use your tail efficiently and safely in the blue.

If you are excited to get started on your mermaid journey, but you are unsure where to take the courses, we are here to help. We have put together a list of ten of the best SSI mermaid schools from around the world.

So get ready to slip into your tail, and let us take a look.

1.Cornwall, UK

Calling all aspiring British mermaids! Head down south to the stunning coastline of Cornwall and meet the guys from Aquacity Freediving. Offering SSI Mermaid, SSI Ocean Mermaid, and SSI Model Mermaid courses, as well as a range of other freediving activities, you are certain to become a pro-mermaid by the end of your trip.

Cornwall is one of the most beautiful spots in the UK and delivers rolling hills, sandy beaches, and great diving. Below the waves you will find kelp forests, jellyfish, and even seals.

2. Tulum, Mexico

Caribbean Mermaids are ready to welcome you to Mexico. Not only do they offer SSI Mermaid courses, but mermaid camps and tours of the famous cenotes, too.

Tulum is situated on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and is well known for its Mayan ruins, white sand beaches, and unique diving. Not only does Tulum offer great sea diving, but it is also home to the cenotes. The cenotes are thousands of sinkholes of various sizes, often with surrounding mangroves, underwater caves, and fantastic lighting for mermaid selfies.

3. Bali, Indonesia

Bali Mermaid School is excited to introduce to you the art of swimming like a mermaid. They were the first SSI mermaid center in Indonesia, and they strive to raise awareness of ocean beauty by encouraging their students to look after the planet.

Bali is usually high up on the bucket list of divers, with many dive spots to explore around the island. Diving in Bali can bring exciting spots such as manta rays, mola molas, and shipwrecks. Tourists flock to Bali year-round to enjoy the white sand beaches and sizzling sunshine. 

4. Thailand

Super Dive Thailand offers diving experiences in Bangkok, Chonburi, and in Phuket. You can choose from SSI Mermaid, SSI Try Mermaid, and SSI Ocean Mermaid courses, as well as joining them for scuba diving and freediving excursions, too.

Thailand is a stunning location both above and below the waves. With white sand beaches, rich green jungles, and high mountain tops, Thailand has something for everyone. Diving in Thailand brings with it big marine life like whale sharks and leopard sharks, as well as excellent macro diving, with tiny treats such as seahorses and nudibranchs.

5. Nevada, USA

If you follow the SSI blog you may have seen our recent interview with Rachel Novak, SSI Mermaid and freediving instructor, as well as "Miss Mermaid Nevada". Rachel runs Aquanauts Freediving which is based in Las Vegas and offers courses for aspiring mermaids.

Nevada may not be where your mind first goes when you think of diving, but it is actually home to some great dive spots. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a freshwater lake that has natural stone and even shipwrecks for divers to explore.

6. Hayman Island, Australia

SSI dive center, Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort is excited to welcome you to start your mermaid adventure with them. They offer in depth monofin training, as well as professional photos that you can take home with you.

Australia is home to some of the best diving in the world. Hayman Island is the most northerly of the Whitsunday islands, off the coast of Queensland. With captivating fringing reefs that host tropical fish species, clams, and turtles, Hayman Island is a beautiful holiday location for mermaids and divers.

7. Winnipeg, Canada

Blue Oasis dive center is based in Winnipeg and offers a wide range of diving courses… including mermaid courses! They teach mermaids of all ages and genders, and guarantee comfort and underwater confidence.

Diving in Canada might be a little cold, but it is also quite nice. Weak Hawk lake is around an hour and a half from Winnipeg and is the deepest lake in Manitoba. It ss excellent for taking courses and training dives. 

8. Panglao, Philippines

Freedive academy Panglao offers freediving courses and mermaid courses. Their experienced mermaid instructors are happy to take you along your journey from beginner, to expert mermaid.

Panglao is in the Philippines and attracts tourists year-round who come to lounge on its pristine beaches, and dive in its clear, blue waters. Panglao is known as Asia’s freedive capital as many divers flock there to train and fun dive in near-perfect tropical conditions.

9. Florida, USA

Heroes dive center in Florida offers scuba diving and freediving around the Dunedin, Clearwater, and Palm Harbor area. They also offer SSI Mermaid courses for wannabe mermaids and mermen!

Florida has very exciting and unique diving, from shipwrecks and reefs, to rivers and caverns. There is so much to explore under the surface in Florida, you are likely to dive alongside sharks, turtles, sailfish, and if you are lucky you might even spot a manatee!

10. Rab Island, Croatia

Kron diving invites you to join them in Croatia for some mermaiding fun. Offering the full SSI Mermaid course options, as well as freediving and scuba diving, all on the beautiful Rab Island.

Rab Island is home to thirty sand beaches, picturesque coves, and warm, clear waters. Diving around Rab Island brings with it gorgonians, fan corals, caves and shipwrecks. With lots to explore on land and under the sea, Rab Island is a great holiday location.

With all these incredible dive centers offering mermazing experiences, it is truly difficult to know where to go! But wherever you decide to go, we are sure you will have a blast learning how to mermaid!

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