That’s right, “Mermaiding” is a real thing, and if you want to perfect this fine art then get yourself over to the Phillipines and learn all about it.
The Phillipines Mermaid Swimming Academy is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the first of it’s kind, and no, Ariel wasn’t taught here and she is yet to be spotted on site.
With that disappointing bombshell out of the way – let’s crack on with the positives. The concept is pretty straightforward, you wear mermaid tails and learn how to use core muscles to propel yourself through the water with the grace of a mermaid. It definitely beats the armbands you used to splash around in when you first learnt how to swim.