Ask a Professional Mermaid

Have you explored my website but still have some questions? Please check out my frequently asked questions section on this page. I hope you’ll find your answers. Can’t find what you’re looking for? No worries, just reach out to me directly! Feel free to send an email, and I’m happy to answer all your mermaid-related questions.

Q: How did you become a real life mermaid?

A: ver since I was a young girl watching Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ for the first time, I’ve dreamed of becoming a real-life mermaid. Fast forward about 20 years, and I became a scuba diving instructor. Spending so much time underwater rekindled my childhood dream. Consequently, I enrolled in freediving classes to learn how to hold my breath for several minutes. I also practiced swimming movements and underwater modeling akin to a mermaid. Eventually, I crafted my first mermaid tail, and thus, ‘Mermaid Kat’ was officially born in May 2012.

Q: How do you stay fit?

A: Mermaiding is a full-body workout that engages many different muscle groups. In addition to swimming in a mermaid tail, I practice yoga 2-3 times a week. These activities are excellent ways to exercise. Also, when I’m traveling, I make sure to keep my body moving, even with simple activities like going for a walk. I have a step counter on my phone and aim to achieve a minimum of 5,000 steps every day. With the support of my plant-based diet, I feel very fit and strong.

Q: As a mermaid, do you follow a special diet?

A: In 2012, I switched to a vegetarian diet due to my love for animals and our planet. Since 2019, I have followed a diet that is approximately 98% plant-based. Adopting a plant-based lifestyle has not only given me a clearer conscience regarding animals and the environment but has also proven to be an excellent way of life, enhancing my mental and physical strength. Many athletes have achieved significantly better training results after transitioning to a plant-based diet. If you’re interested in learning more, I highly recommend the documentary “The Game Changers.” Since 2022, I have been incorporating some Medical Medium protocols by Anthony William, such as starting my day with half a liter of lemon water, followed by half a liter of freshly made celery juice, half an hour later. As a vegan, I naturally avoid meats, eggs, and dairy. I also strive to avoid canola oil, gluten, corn, and soy. My health has improved remarkably; my hair, skin, and nails are in much better condition than before. The Medical Medium recommendations have helped numerous friends and family members heal from their illnesses.

Q: How much does your Mermaid Tail weight?

A: The fabric mermaid tails I use weigh only about 1 – 2 kg. My professional silicone mermaid tails, on the other hand, weigh up to 15 kg.

Q: How do you get into a silicone mermaid tail?

A: Getting into a silicone mermaid tail can be somewhat challenging. The key is to apply a lubricant. I prefer natural oils like coconut or olive oil. Alternatively, shower gel or hair conditioner can be used in place of the oil. It’s important to be cautious of sharp fingernails! This video demonstrates the entire process of how I get into my silicone mermaid tails.

Q: How long can you Hold your Breath for?

A: While relaxed, I can hold my breath for close to 4 minutes. During underwater shoots, my breath-holding ability is affected by various factors such as water temperature and currents. When I get to swim with marine life such as dolphins or sharks, I get super excited. Therefore, my body uses more oxygen, which affects my breath-hold times.

Q: Are Mermaid Tails safe to use in the Water?

A: Mermaid tails are not swimming devices and should be used only by swimmers who are experienced in deep water swimming without any assistance. It is advisable to swim in your mermaid tail alongside an experienced buddy or under direct supervision. Since your legs are tightly bound together, there is an increased risk of injury, as self-rescue may be more challenging in an emergency situation. Mermaiding can be exhausting! It is important to gradually train and become accustomed to your mermaid tail before using it in open or deep waters. We also recommend attending a mermaid school that can teach you the proper use of your mermaid tail. Ensure that you purchase a high-quality mermaid tail, as not all tails available are safe for children. If you are considering purchasing a mermaid tail for your child, be sure to check out my Top 10 Tips before purchasing a Mermaid Tail.

Q: How can I become a Professional Mermaid?

A: When I began my career as a mermaid, there were no mermaid schools or institutions offering mermaiding instruction. In August 2012, I established the world’s first public mermaid school, known as “Mermaid Kat Academy.” Since then, my team and I have transformed over 10,000 students into mermaids and mermen. Before embarking on a professional mermaid journey, it’s crucial to determine which areas you’re willing to explore within this field. Are you interested in working as a mermaid entertainer at dry events, taking on the role of a singing mermaid on stage, or pursuing a career as an underwater mermaid model? There is an array of opportunities available; it all hinges on your skills and capabilities. If your aspiration is to become a mermaid performer or mermaid model, it’s vital to recognize that freediving and underwater modeling skills are just as vital as maintaining an impressive portfolio. My international Mermaid Retreats have been meticulously crafted to hone these skills and enable you to craft a stunning portfolio brimming with captivating underwater content.

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Q: What did your first mermaid tail look like?

A: My first mermaid tail was made of neoprene, latex, and a monofin. It was colored black and red.

Q: What Type of Mermaid Tails do you use?

A: I use the professional mermaid tails made by Mermaid Kat Shop. For training, I often use the fabric mermaid tails, and during events and underwater photo and video shoots, I swim in the highly functional and super realistic-looking silicone mermaid tails.

Q: What Make Up do you use Underwater?

A: There are numerous brands available that offer waterproof makeup. It is important for me to select cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics, ideally those not packaged in plastic. Typically, I only use waterproof mascara and lipstick. If you avoid touching your face, non-waterproof eyeshadow, foundation, and blush will remain in place.

Q: How do you swim with our eyes open?

A: Unless the water quality of a swimming pool is maintained properly, it is quite easy to keep my eyes open underwater. Saltwater might sting a bit, but with a bit of practice, you’ll get used to it. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to see clearly without a mask. Depending on the light and visibility, you might see shadows, shades, shapes, and colors. This might take some time to adjust to.

Q: How do you avoid Water entering your Nose?

A: Mermaiding often appears more glamorous than it truly is. The intrusion of saltwater and chlorinated water into the nose and sinuses is simply part of the occupation. Some mermaid performers might use masks or nose clips to prevent this. Otherwise, it’s just something you have to endure.

Q: How important are freediving skills as a Mermaid?

A: It really depends on the type of mermaid you are. If you’re performing at dry events or interacting with children in a pool during birthday parties, having advanced freediving skills isn’t crucial. However, when it comes to teaching mermaiding, working as an underwater model, or participating in underwater shows, your freediving abilities become essential. It’s important to be able to fully relax while performing underwater to appear realistic to your audience. Freediving can help you relax, increase your breath-holding capacity, and enhance your understanding of your body’s capabilities and limitations. Personally, I would recommend enrolling in at least a basic freediving course, and consider taking additional courses if you find it beneficial.

Q: Is being a Professional Mermaid a Glamorous Job?

A: Working as a professional mermaid is a job that surely has its magical moments. Making a birthday girl smile when she sees you in your tail is definitely one of those wonderful moments. Swimming alongside sea creatures like wild dolphins and sharks is an experience you will never forget. However, being a professional mermaid is not always as glamorous as it seems. You need to be able to hold your breath for several minutes and still look natural when saltwater and chlorinated water get into your eyes, nose, and sinuses. It’s important to be completely relaxed in the water, even though you work mostly blind, without a mask or goggles. Sea sickness, hypothermia, ear infections, and sinus infections are essentially part of the job when you work as a professional mermaid.

Q: Do you do Mermaid Shows in Aquariums?

A: As an ardent animal lover, I oppose any campaigns, projects, or events that promote the abuse or killing of animals. I refuse to perform at zoos or aquariums that maintain animals in captivity purely for human amusement and entertainment. However, I make exceptions for events, campaigns, or projects aimed specifically at raising awareness for animal or environmental welfare. Consequently, I participated in the “Clean Ocean Campaign” at “Underwater World Pattaya” in Thailand. I also swam in the shark tank at “Aquaria KLCC” in Malaysia for the “Save Our Fins” campaign and took part in a photo shoot at “Sea Life” in Germany for the “SharkChance” photo campaign. Additionally, I participated in underwater mermaid shows at AQWA (Aquarium of Western Australia), aiming to educate children about ocean conservation.

Q: How do people react when they find out that you’re a “mermaid”?

A: When I first transformed myself into a mermaid, people didn’t take me seriously. I mean, let’s be honest – would you? However, after I became “Mermaid Kat” and established mermaiding as my full-time profession, creating a successful international business, people’s attitudes changed. Nowadays, they acknowledge the dedication and training I’ve invested in my unique career. Nevertheless, revealing that you’re a mermaid is always an interesting conversation starter, and you can expect more questions to follow.

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