Mermaid Tail Safety

Learning to Swim Like a Mermaid is Fun and Rewarding. We encourage our customers to learn the proper technique and form.

Mermaid Tail Safety

We encourage our little mermaids to follow our Guide to Swimming Like a Mermaid. If a child can not yet swim underwater confidently by themselves, then they are not ready to swim with a mermaid tail. Our mermaid tails are designed for experienced swimmers only. Adult supervision is required for every and all mermaid adventure. Remember that even through kids tend to pick up “mermaiding” very easily, an adult should always be nearby for safety.

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(American Academy of Pediatrics)

Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment. A lifeguard (or another adult who knows about water rescue) needs to be watching children whenever they are in or near the water. Younger children should be closely supervised while in or near the water – use “touch supervision,” keeping no more than an arm’s length away.

Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!

Avoid entrapment: Suction from pool and spa drains can trap a swimmer underwater. Do not use a pool or spa if there are broken or missing drain covers.  Ask your pool operator if your pool or spa’s drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act. If you have a swimming pool or spa, ask your pool service representative to update your drains and other suction fitting with anti-entrapment drain covers and other devices or systems.

Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children and parents a false sense of security.

Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd’s hook ­– a long pole with a hook on the end — and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity. Make sure your child knows never to dive into water except when permitted by an adult who knows the depth of the water and who has checked for underwater objects. Ocean swimming should only be allowed when a lifeguard is on duty. Teach children about rip currents. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore until you escape the current, and then swim back to shore.

1. Only Use with Adult Supervision. Do NOT Leave Child Unattended While Using this Device.

2. Only Experienced Swimmers Should Use Swimtails Mermaid Tails. Recommended Age 6 +

3. Learn the Proper Dolphin Kick Technique / “Mermaiding” (Practice with Monofin First)

4. REMOVE all Pool Rings and/or anything a mermaid tail can get stuck into or inside while swimming in a pool, spa, ocean or lake, etc.

Avoid Entrapment!

Follow these important rules to avoid suction entrapment:

  • Never play or swim near drains or suction fittings. If a cover is not compliant, or is loose or broken, your body or hair may be trapped causing permanent injury or drowning.
  • Never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broken, or missing suction fitting or drain cover.
  • Immediately notify the pool/spa owner or operator if you find a loose, broken, or missing drain cover. In such a case, the pool or spa should be closed and an industry professional should make the necessary repair or replacement.
  • Never play or swim near drains or suction fittings. If a cover is not compliant, or is loose or broken, your body or hair may be trapped causing permanent injury or drowning.

Swimtail Safety

Learn the Correct Way to Swim Like a Mermaid. Click to Download the Free Guide to “Mermaiding”

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