Our favorite little animated mermaid once sang:
I wanna be where the people are / I wanna see, wanna see them dancing / Walking around on those / What do you call 'em? / Oh, feet
Well, Ariel, looks like the joke's on you, because women in the UK are signing up for Freedive UK, a professional mermaid course that teaches swimmers how to free dive into nearly 830 feet deep water, and move with — wait for it — a mermaid tail.
The course, recently tried and tested true by The Guardian's Susan Greenwood, attempts to show how free diving can be fun.
Freedive UK instructor Ian Donald told The Guardian that he wants people to move away from thinking of free diving as an intimidating sport, and that being a "mermaid" can help drive this notion.
Greenwood writes that she quickly discovered how to be happy under water: Simply, don't panic.
"And yet I kept going back under, keen each time to push it a bit further. Time slowed down... and I found a sense of liberation, almost transcendence: a brief suspension between vitality and inanimacy," she says.
At its highest level, the four day course at Freedive takes students through free diving theory, breath-hold training, mermaid tail skill sessions and deep dives in warm water.
But free diving is certainly not without its dangers.
Still, the UK class has stirred up plenty of warranted excitement.
Cosmopolitan UK writes we are lucky to be "alive in an age where we can learn how to be a mermaid."
And with proper training, this fantastical concept can be brought to life. Sign us up.
Cover photo via iStock / joergposselt
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