Most Asked Questions about Adult Mermaid Fitness
1) Do I have to buy my own fin? - No, the GP Synchro club has some monofins available for use in classes. If you have one, feel free to bring it, or come as is! No fin is required for this program.
2) Do I have to be a good swimmer? - Not specifically. The classes are held in the Dive Tank portion of the Eastlink Pool, so it is suggested that you are able to swim 50m (2 laps) without needing to touch the bottom. No competitive or Synchro experience necessary. Classes will utilize noodles, flutter boards, and the pool walls; swimmers are more than welcome to wear a life vest or a flotation belt.
3) What ages can join the Adult Mermaids? - The class is meant for those aged approximately 16 and up.
4) Where can I find dates for classes? - Class dates can be found on the GP Synchro Mermaids Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/GPSynchroMermaids/) or on the website under the Adult Mermaid Fitness menu option (http://www.gpsynchro.com/team/2260/0/6401/39063)
5) Who do I contact? - For questions or inquiries about any of the Mermaid Programs, please email: email@example.com. If you have a question about the club or general inquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does my swimmer need their own mermaid tail?
No. The GP Synquatics Club owns 12 monofins that are used for classes. If a swimmer owns their own monofin and or tail, they are allowed to bring it also. It is advised to put the swimmer's name on their personal tail somewhere to ensure it doesn't get lost. Tail skins (the pretty scale looking part of a full tail) are NOT required, and there are many resources on the Mermaid homepage for finding one, or making your own. A really good alternative to a skin is to wear leggings - this allows swimmers to keep the mermaid look and illusion while not having the restriction of a full tail skin has on the legs.
When is the Mermaid swim test and what is it?
The swim ability test for all new Mermaids will typically be held on the first class during the warm-up portion of the practice. Please be sure to arrive to practices early so that we can go over and review important safety information about swimming in a monofin and a mermaid tail.
The swim test is a way for the coach to assess the swimming ability of each swimmer to ensure that they will be able to successfully and safely swim in the Mermaid program. I also helps the coach assess the instructing needs of each swimmer to ensure they get the best possible experience out of the program. Please note that these classes are taught in the Dive tank section of the 50m pool.
Possible off-season camps may be in shallower water or different pool areas.