Get your PADI mermaid certification from Mermaid Echo, an internationally, multi-award winning performer and educator with over 7 years of aquatic teaching experience. Mermaid Echo Entertainment LLC launched Wisconsin’s first mermaid classes in 2016, and became a PADI Mermaid Instructor when the new program launched in 2020. Echo has worked one-on-one with students of all ages and abilities. Choose from one of four levels of PADI courses, get certified, and take your mermaid journey to the next level!
- PADI Youth Discover Mermaid Experience | $40, ages 8-17
- This 1 day experience is for kids who just want to experience what it is like to become a mermaid! Before enrolling, students must be able to float face up for 10 seconds, stand up, then float face down for 10 seconds unassisted. There will be a brief skills check prior to the experience. Participants do not earn a certification. This experience includes a briefing and in-water session.
- PADI Adult Discover Mermaid Experience | $40+, ages 18+
- Bachelorette party coming up? Looking for a fun weekend activity with your friends? This 1 day course is for adults who just want to experience what it is like to become a mermaid! Before enrolling, students must be able to float face up for 10 seconds, stand up, then float face down for 10 seconds unassisted. There will be a brief skills check prior to the experience. Participants do not earn a certification. This experience includes a briefing and in-water session. Make it extra fabulous by adding an underwater photoshoot package so you can savor the memories forever!
- PADI Basic Mermaid | $150, ages 8+
- This is a 1 day introductory course featuring a knowledge development session and a confined water session. Participants must be able to confidently swim 25m and float for 3 minutes unassisted. Ideal for confident kids who want to learn to swim safely with a mermaid tail. Successful students will earn their PADI Basic Mermaid Certification.
- PADI Mermaid | $300, ages 10+
- This is a 2 day certification course consisting of knowledge development sessions and 2 confined water sessions. Participants must be able to confidently swim at least 50m and float comfortably on the surface for 5 minutes. Ideal for adults (or young adults) interested in adding a professional certification to their mermaid endeavors. Successful students will earn their PADI Mermaid Certification.
- PADI Advanced Mermaid | $400, ages 12+
- This is a 3 day certification course where individuals will learn how to safely manage, perform in, and care for a tail. Students will also become proficient in mermaid rescue maneuvers. This is the only course that includes an open water session (usually in Perch Lake). The course is ideal for professional mermaids or serious hobbyists interested in becoming a professionally-trained performer with a globally-recognized certification.
- The course consists of knowledge development sessions, 2 confined water sessions and 2 open water sessions. You must be able to confidently swim at least 100m and float comfortably on the surface for at least 10 minutes. Successful students will earn their PADI Advanced Mermaid Certification.