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Man Swimming Laps Underwater Freestyle Glide

What is Water Competency?

All mermaid and merman training classes that we offer require Water Competency as a baseline requirement for participation.*Any individuals who do not meet this minimum swim test will be denied entry to class and no refunds will be given.

Water Competency is defined by the American Red Cross as a person that can complete the following swim test (both parts A and B) independently - NO HELP from other people / parents, floatation aids, life vests, etc.:


  1. Step or jump into the water over your head.

  2. Return to the surface

  3. Float or tread water for one minute.

  4. Turn around in a full circle (e.g. rotate 360 degrees while treading water) and find an exit 25 yards away.

  5. Swim 25 yards to the exit using a front crawl / freestyle or elementary backstroke.

  6. Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.


  1. Enter the water and wait at the side of the pool.

  2. Push off in a streamlined position then swim front crawl for 15 yards.

  3. Change position and direction as necessary to face the direction that you entered from.

  4. Swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

  5. Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.

If a child has passed an American Red Cross Learn to Swim (LTS) Level 3 and holds a certification card attesting to that fact then they meet the requirements of "water competency."


* Some courses have additional age, certification, pre-requisite, height restrictions, and/or require higher level stamina and swimming skills in order to participate. Please check your class page before enrolling.

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