Course Catalog

Included Programming

The below classes are all included in your participant pass. Preregistration is required for some courses due to limited class sizes. Preregistration will become available on January 1st at 5pm. Register by clicking the link and “buying” the free ticket through our ticket portal.

Note: General programming and swimming are not included with the Observer Pass however you may attend all main stage sessions, all merwrangling classes, and accompany any minors in your care to thier sessions. 

Instructor: Vertical Axis
1.5 Hours
Saturday 9am – 10:30am
Sunday 9:30am – 11am

  • Prerequisites
  • 18 years old
    Clothing that can stay on while upsidedown
  • Being able to touch your toes is a plus but not required!

Flipping your fins can only get you so far. Acro yoga is a fun and creative way to explore strength and mobility with your, what do you call them again? Oh, feet!
In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of partner yoga in a safe and beginner friendly environment. Nick and Amanda will take you through a dynamic warm up followed by some of the foundational moves and transitions of L-Basing acro yoga!


You may sign up with a partner or come solo and be buddied up with a new friend. No experience is necessary but make sure to wear clothing in which you can stay comfortable while hanging upsidedown.

1 Hour
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm

Join panelists from various environmental industries and backgrounds to learn about how to incorporate responsible environmental activism to your mermaiding.

Pre-Registration Required

Instructor: Mermaid Izriella
1 hour

Saturday
1pm – 2pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
4pm – 5pm

Sunday
1pm – 2pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Prerequisites:

  • Strong Independent Swimmer
  • Ages 12+

Intro to Mermaiding for Adults is a beginners class that teaches the basic dolphin kick form to assist in efficient and graceful swimming through the water in a mermaid tail and monofin. In addition to this we will also go over general practices used by the Circus Siren Pod on how to surface, hold and breath while swimming to avoid any choking upon surfacing or panic in the event of sinus flooding.

Reserve your class spot by “buying” the free ticket for your preferred time-slot.

Presented by Performance Tails

Instructor: Performance Tails CEO – Jeff Weiner
1 hour

Sunday
1pm – 2pm

Your Tail Designs, Your Brand, Your Business…

Would you like to be a Mermaid/Merperson full time? The issue is revenue…

This seminar is introducing for the first-time, white labeling, and Value-Added Reseller marketing, in a hybrid business model for professional mermaids. While that may sound complicated, its really
not and I am super excited to share it with you!

Seminar presented by Jeff Weiner (JW) CEO of Performance Tails.

Lead by Morgana Alba
1.5 Hours
Sunday 9:30am – 11am

Have questions about working in the mermaid industry? Meet professional mermaids from around the country for coffee (provided) and an Ask-Us-Anything style Q&A

Instructor: Charlotte Towne – The Mermaid Lawyer
1 Hour
Saturday 1pm – 2pm

Take a deep dive with Attorney Charlotte Towne aka The Mermaid Lawyer®️ into Contracts in the Mermaid Industry. Together we will explore contractual provisions in a variety of contracts and why they are necessary to protect your mermaid business. Whether you are a mermaid school, mermaid performer, photographer, influencer, entertainment company, sell mermaid treasures, or even a hobbiest, this class is essen-shell for smooth sailing!

Types of contracts to be discussed include Liability Waivers, Model Releases, Photography Agreements, Work for Hire Agreements, Performer Agreements, Vendor Agreements, and Influencer Agreements.

Bring a way to take notes!

Instructor: Katja Undersea
Prerequisite: Strong independent swimmer
1 Hour
Sunday 4pm – 5pm

Learn how to approach creating choreography for use in performance by drilling mermaid skills and connecting them into larger sequences and performance pieces. 

Instructor: Leigh Targaryen
Children’s Programming
1 Hour
Saturday 11am – 12pm
Sunday 1pm – 2pm

Kick off your flippers and put on your dancing shoes or sport your human bare feet and join Miss Leigh in an underwater dance adventure. Children will start their journey with some gentle stretches and warm-ups while we prepare to delve into the sea to explore the movements of many aquatic friends. There will be dance games, songs, and stories. At the end there will be a mermazing dance party in the Octopus’ Garden. Don’t miss out on this fun and active panel! (please wear clothes that are comfortable to move around in)

1 Hour
Saturday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Meet representatives of Finfolk Productions to get an in depth and up close look at thier amazing products. 

1 Hour
Saturday 1pm – 2pm

Meet representatives of Performance Tails to get an in depth and up close look at their amazing products. 

1 Hour
Saturday 1pm – 2pm

Join Merfolk from all walks of life for a discussion on the trials, tribulations, and challenges facing the mermaid community today as we all strive to create a more inclusive world. 

Presented by Performance Tails

Instructor: Michelle Mozdzen
1 Hour
Saturday 4pm – 5pm

Prerequisites:

  • Able to swim 100 yards without stopping
  • Attendees should bring cap, goggles, towel, and a swim suit they feel comfortable moving in
  • Attendees should bring a soft blade monofin or tail if desired.

Refine your dolphin kick, the most fundamental swimming technique for all mermaids! Learn how to perfect your underwater undulation to move gracefully and efficiently through the water.

Instructor: Mermaid Chè Monique
1 Hour
Saturday 11am -12pm

Join Merman Maui, Mermaid Cetea, New York Mermaid Rose Lanai and Pegasus Springs Muses for a fun discussion moderated by Mermaid Chè Monique,  discussing their experiences as fat merfolk with have plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your questions.

This panel will discuss what it’s like breaking into the findustry. Their experiences working, how to cultivate a supportive online community, as well as tangible things like tail shopping, getting around on land, and buoyancy control. The conversation will be recorded for the Society of Fat Mermaids podcast, Fat Mermaids Make Waves.

Presented by Performance Tails

Instructor: Michelle Mozdzen
1 Hour
Saturday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Prerequisites:

  • Able to swim 100 yards without stopping
  • Attendees should bring cap, goggles, towel, and a swim suit they feel comfortable moving in

Want to swim your way to abs of steel? Or maybe you are looking to improve your core strength? I will briefly cover proper form and technique (to minimize risk of injury and maximize the range of targeted muscles!) and then we will jump in to a fun, energetic, and undulation-filled workout! My objectives in this class are to
1) give you a great workout! 💪2) teach the basics of proper form to avoid injury;
and 3) give you workout moves that you can take with you and perform at your home pool in tail! 

Due to space constraints and to avoid injury to other participants, class attendees will be limited to using SOFT monofins only or NO monofin. This class is included in your access pass to MerMagic Con and pre-registration for this class is NOT needed!

Instructor: Mermaid Charlotte
1 Hour

When something goes wrong with your tail, do you know what to do? Join Mermaid Charlotte as we discuss some the most common tail injuries and how to fix them. This class will demonstrate how to approach and repair common tail injuries, such as:
– attaching or reattaching torn fins
– waist seam splits on silicone tails
– reattaching lost scales
– patching or repairing fabric tails
– working with pigmented silpoxy to repair paint scuffs

It is recommenced (but not mandatory) that you take this course before attending the “Tail Repair Clinic” which follows immediately after and in which you may actively repair your own tail.

Join us for aquatic-themed arts and crafts appropriate for all ages and included in your Merling Pass

Pre-Registration Required

Instructor: Mermaid Izriella
1 hour
Saturday:
1pm – 2pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
4pm – 5pm

Sunday:
1pm – 2pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
4pm – 5pm

Prerequisites:

  • Merling Ticket
  • Strong Independent Swimmer
  • Ages 7-12

Intro to Mermaiding for Kids is a beginners class that teaches the basic dolphin kick form to assist in efficient and graceful swimming through the water in a mermaid tail and monofin alongside basic safety for endless fun in fins. 

Tails to borrow for the class will be provided at the convention. All students must be strong swimmers comfortable in the water and may be required to complete a small swim test and skill demonstration to ensure readiness for this class.

Children’s Programming
1 Hour
Saturday 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Sunday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Meadow Perry’s Bubble Magic show takes the rules of Bubbles outside the box! Join Meadow as she blends bubble artistry and magic for a truly unique show that never fails to blow the audience away. Meadow’s Bubble Show is an interactive experience that will delight all ages.

Meadow Perry has performed for top organizations like Amazon and Princeton University as well as consulted as a bubble expert for Bioré US. Meadow regularly makes appearances at regional theaters and festivals along the East Coast. 

Children’s Programming
1 Hour
Saturday 1pm – 2pm

Meet and greet with the little mermaid! Bring magic to life for your little one by having them meet their famous mermaid.  Those in attendance will have the opportunity to take photos and hang out with a mermaid until the end of the allotted time.

Children’s Programming
1 Hour
Saturday 9:30am – 10:30am
Sunday 9:30am – 11am

Meet and greet with a mermaid! A story of a little mermaid will be read by the mermaid herself. Then those in attendance will have the opportunity to take photos and hang out with a mermaid until the end of the allotted time.

Main Stage
1 Hour
Saturday 9:30am – 10:30am

Have a top that isn’t quite “you” anymore? A tail you’ve outgrown? A crown you no longer wear? Are you looking for a new piece for your mersona?
Meet on the main stage for a Mermaid Swap meet! See what treasures other mermaids have brought and make a deal!

Unique, individually owned, previously purchased, second-hand, items only. Absolutely no vending of original products allowed. Maximum 5 items. 

Instructors: Captain Ironman & Quartermaster Silk
INCLUDED WITH THE OBSERVER PASS
1 Hour
Saturday 2:30pm – 3:30pm 

When you see those pirates, bouncers and hawkers standing by and announcing a wonderful mermaid performer, do you think “I could do that!” . Come learn from two of the most experienced merwanglers in the country on the how too,when too, and why too’s of the job as well as a lot of our not so secret secrets to make it as pleasant and successful as possible!

Merwrangling 101 covers the basics of “icthiosapien” care from two of the talented pirates that have been doing it the longest. Learn what it takes to make a gig go from a slapdash event to a smoothly running machine in this basic class

Instructors: Captain Ironman & Quartermaster Silk
INCLUDED WITH THE OBSERVER PASS

When you see those pirates, bouncers and hawkers standing by and announcing a wonderful mermaid performer, do you think “I could do that!” . Come learn from two of the most experienced merwanglers in the country on the how too, when too, and why too’s of the job as well as a lot of our not so secret secrets to make it as pleasant and successful as possible!

In Merwrangling 201 your favorite “icthiosapien logistics specialists” return for a advanced class of care and feeding of our fishy friends. Building on 101 we discuss persona, professionalism, and how not to kill yourselves while lifting carrying and depositing.

Instructors: Captain Ironman & Quartermaster Silk
INCLUDED WITH THE OBSERVER PASS

When you see those pirates, bouncers and hawkers standing by and announcing a wonderful mermaid performer, do you think “I could do that!” . Come learn from two of the most experienced merwanglers in the country on the how too,when too, and why too’s of the job as well as a lot of our not so secret secrets to make it as pleasant and successful as possible!

Merwrangling 301 is all about taking it to the next level. Explore what happens when you are hired for a corporate gig, how to handle clients and dealing with more than one mermaid and more than one location at a time.

 

Apply for the Showcase

Ready to show the world what you’ve got? 

A documentary crew from the same producers as “Queer Eye” want to see a variety of mermaid performers in action! This underwater showcase is open to all levels. You can perform solo or with a partner!

Your underwater artistry will be streamed to a TV screen on the surface where industry professionals will provide commentary that may be used in the documentary.

You must sign an Appearance Release that will be distributed by the producers.  
Music is allowed.

Applications for time slots will happen via google doc. Spots in the showcase will be awarded by invitation. 

You must have a participant pass to be considered for this showcase. 

Instructor: Charlotte Towne
1 Hour
Sunday 1pm – 2pm

Attorney Charlotte Towne aka The Mermaid Lawyer®️ will discuss how to protect your valuable treasure through trademark searches, trademark filings, copyright filings and contracts. Creators and business owners: this is a fintastic opportunity for you to discover the necessary steps for protection of your brand and creations….. and what could happen if you don’t! When starting a business or brand, securing your intellectual property should be a top priority. Failure to do so could result in lawsuits and lost treasure.

Charlotte Towne, Esq. has been practicing entertainment, trademark and copyright law since 2009. She has filed and secured hundreds of federal trademark and copyright registrations on behalf of her clients. Additionally, she has represented clients in federal copyright infringement and trademark infringement cases, as well as opposition proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She represents a broad range of businesses, creatives, and entertainers with their trademark and copyright needs, including mermaids.

Instructor: Mermaid Katja
1 Hour
Sunday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Prerequisites:

  • Ability to swim independently in a tail without struggling
  • Please bring your own tail and/or monofin

Learn how to properly execute a variety of mermaid tricks with a strong focus on proper technique to execute interesting moves in tail

Instructors: Jasmine the Siren 
1 Hour
Saturday 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Learn mermaid beauty secrets from the sirens of CSP. Got an underwater shoot planned at the con? Well you don’t want to miss this class! Watch a live makeup demo, learn how to waterproof your looks, get product recommendations, and the secrets of keeping those wigs on during a swim!

Instructor: Jessica Gramc
1 Hour
Saturday 1pm – 2pm
Sunday 1pm – 2pm

Prerequisites:

  • Bathing suit or a wetsuit
  • No tails
  • Participants must be present for both parts of the class. 
  • Age: 18+
  • Ability: Participants must feel comfortable floating, holding their breath, & putting their head underwater.

Buoyancy affects every body differently. This is a two part course to explain how buoyancy affects your body, and how you can safely access weight belts to achieve neutral buoyancy. In the classroom portion, we will discuss the variables that affect your buoyancy, and what we can do to counteract those variables. Then we buddy up and hit the shallow end to find how much weight is a safe weight for your body, 1 weight at a time.


Class is capped at 10 spots (5 groups of 2).

Instructor: Mermaid Charlotte
1 Hour
Saturday 11am – 12pm

Never touched a mermaid tail before? Thinking of making your first purchase or upgrading but don’t know which tail to choose? “What’s in a Tail?” is the class for you.

In this class you will learn about the basic anatomy of swimmable mermaid tails, and the differences and similarities of some of the most popular tails on the market. What are the pros and cons of a Spellbound or a Mernation? How stretchy is a Mythic? How stiff is the Fin Fun mono fin? This class answers all your questions impartially and even lets you touch examples of various tails on the market so that you can learn which tail might be right for you.

Instructor: The Virginia Mermaid
1 Hour
Saturday 1pm – 2pm

Everyone asks me “how do you wear wigs so effortlessly underwater?” and the truth is I’ve spent years testing out different wig tips and tricks based on recommendations from outside sources such as cosplayers, youtube videos, wig stores, and a lot of personal trial and error. My wig wearing stemmed from having very damaged hair due to bleaching, chlorine, and my natural hair type (see hair care workshop by Mermaid Sienna) and I struggled to feel beautiful in my own skin. After wearing wigs to hide my damaged hair while it recovered, I realized that wigs can transform your mersona into literally any character you want even if your own human career, hair type, etc. doesn’t allow for it on an everyday basis.

In this class I will share some of my secrets to wig wearing above and below the water:
Anatomy of a wig and different types of wigs, supplies you’ll need for wig wearing, how to prep your hair for wig wearing (and how to determine how much prep is really needed based on your event), putting on your wig, securing your wig (and how to determine how much security is needed based on your event), and finally wig care. Whether you already incorporate wigs into your mersona or are brand new to the world of wigs and don’t even know where to begin, this class will have takeaways for every skill level.

Specialty Programming

The below sessions and classes are available at an additional fee to cover materials, processing, and/or advanced instructors. You must have a Participant Pass to attend any of these sessions as well as purchase the specific session ticket. Tickets will become available on January 1st at 5pm EST. 

Instructor: Aurelia the Deep
Blue Mermaid – Anna Capps
Prerequisites: Please be advised that many skills in this course require kneeling. If you have adaptive needs, please contact Anna directly.
Length: 2 hours
Sunday 9am – 11am
Price: $100

Become a safety siren! 
This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults and children.

Registration for this course includes:
(1) Access to the online classroom via direct link
(2) Two hour instructor-led skills session
(3) Digital copy of certification card (to be delivered upon course completion)

This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Adult and Child First Aid/CPR/AED from the American Red Cross. Certification is valid for two years.

Instructor: Meadow Perry
Length: 1 hour
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30am
Price: $12

Meadow Perry demonstrates how to incorporate bubble artistry into your mermaid performance to create an engaging act even when you’re land-bound! Learn how to create bubbles with your hands, bubble tricks and some magic to wow patrons and audiences!

Open to all ages.

Instructor: Felicia with Fins
Length: 1 Hour
Sunday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Price: $35

In this class, participants will come with an idea for a video they want to achieve underwater. Together, the class will go through the process of what it takes to film and perform for the camera underwater to get the best and most shareable video!

Instructors: Don Markham 

Don’s Academy of Diving
Prerequisites:

  • Medical questionnaire/waiver forms completed in advance with doctor release if needed.
  • Photo release
  • Sizing for Scuba equipment
  • Completed Academics before MMC
  • Ages 12+
  • Goggles or mask/snorkel, recommended

Length: 1 Hour
Sunday 1pm – 2pm
Price: $125

The NAUI Worldwide Introduction to Scuba Diving course is a “resort” style course that gets non-divers under the water for the first time. This is a non-certification class conducted in closely controlled conditions. The participants will learn how to do basic skills underwater with full Scuba gear. At the completion of the course, the students will receive a digital participation recognition that is available in the NAUI App. This course can be used as credit towards a NAUI Open Water Scuba course if completed within 6 months. Experience the fun and excitement of the underwater world as a NAUI Scuba Diver!

Instructor: Rebecca Hawk
Length: 1.5 Hours
Saturday 9am – 10:30am
Price: $50

Ages 12+

In this 90 minute class, students will get to work with every mermaid’s favorite crafting material, Dragonskin silicone! Skills learned will include; mold prep, coloring silicone with powder pigment, casting in pre-made flat molds as well as tips and tricks along the way. A live silicone hand painting demo will be included. (No airbrushing due to fumes.)

Each student will dye, pour, and cast their own dragonskin silicone scale wristband with sea-life accessories to be assembled by the end of class. 

Instructor: Helena the Mermaid
Length: 1 hours
Saturday 11am – 12pm
Price: $15

Ages 5+.
Under 12 must be assisted by an adult.

Make your own polymer clay necklace (a $30 value) under the guidance of Helena, maker of accessories for mermaids around the world. 

Instructor: Olive the Alchemist
Length: 1 Hour
Saturday 4pm – 5pm
Price: $15

After 5 years of experience in a rigorous professional-level acting role with Walt Disney World Entertainment and the world’s most recognizable mermaid, Olive the Alchemist will share their personally curated tips on bringing any mersona or cosplay to life, regardless of backstory detail. This workshop-style seminar will focus on implementing tools to increase believability, immersion, professionalism, and improve improvisational skills applicable to any character. Learn how to unquestioningly command your mersona performance while bringing the world of mermaids to life for your audience.

Instructors: Don Markham 

Don’s Academy of Diving
Prerequisites:

  • Medical questionnaire/waiver forms completed in advance with doctor release if needed.
  • Photo release
  • Completed Academics before MMC
  • Ages 12+
  • Mermaid Tail with Monofin Required
  • Goggles or mask/snorkel, recommended

Length: 2 hours
Price: $150

Session Options:
Saturday 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Sunday: 1pm – 3pm

The NAUI Mermaid level 1 course teaches Mermaids the entry level skills needed to safely swim in a pool or confined water environment. Learn to efficiently dive underwater and perfect your dolphin kick. Gain important knowledge needed to safely swim and mitigate the risk of injury while enjoying this fun water sport. This two hour course in the pool also includes an academic portion where your knowledge of mermaiding and safety practices will be enhanced and tested. The internationally recognized NAUI Mermaid program will make the perfect addition to your professional portfolio.

Instructor: Aurelia the Deep
Blue Mermaid – Anna Capps
Prerequisite: 200m swim test (not timed)
Length: 4 hours
Saturday 1pm – 5pm
Price: $250

Unlock inner power and find inner peace with the PADI Basic Freediver Certification Course! This pool-only certification course is the first step in your freediving journey. You’ll learn proper techniques for breath-hold diving, as well as safe buddy procedures (including LMC and blackout rescues). Upon meeting the performance requirements and completion of the course, you will earn a PADI Basic Freediver certification. 

Includes PADI Freediver eLearning & One, 4hr pool session:
– Learn proper breathing techniques for apnea diving
– Equipment ins and outs
– Static Apnea and Static Safety
– Dynamic Apnea and Dynamic Safety
– LMC and Blackout

Course Performance Requirements:
– 90sec static apnea
– 25m dynamic apnea
– Demonstrate proper buddy procedures
– Demonstrate proper rescue of a simulated blackout diver

Required Equipment:
– Mask
– BiFins (NO MONOFINS) – Snorkel
– Wetsuit
– 3mm or 5mm recommended for static
– 1.5-3mm recommended for dynamic
– Rubberized weight belt
– Hard Weights in 1-2 pound increments

Rental Equipment may be available upon request. Contact Deep Blue Aquatics Directly to discuss.

Instructors: Submerge
– Justin Lutsky
– Abbey Boutwell
– Ben Boutwell
– Felicia with Fins

Length: 1.5 hours
Price: $350

Session Options:
Saturday
1pm – 2:30pm
3pm- 4:30pm

Sunday
1:30pm – 3pm
3:30pm – 5pm

Improve your underwater modeling skills and learn techniques from the pros. This class begins with a demo from professional models directed by a photographer via a live underwater feed. After the group lecture you will enter the pool and have individual in-water coaching sessions and feedback. Each student will receive a digital copy of the footage from their one-on-one session.

Instructor: Mermaid Charlotte
Length: (up to) 2.5 Hours
Sunday 2:30pm – 5pm
Price: $25

Does your tail or top need some love? Bring your fins to this hands-on repair clinic where you will receive a take-home repair kit as well as personal instruction on how to mend your tail, top or other accessory. Mermaid Charlotte will provide a personal consultation for all repairs, big or small, and more minor repairs may be possible during the clinic session under her supervision and guidance.

All tail types are welcome. Your materials fee goes towards in-class materials and covers your take home kit. This kit will include basic supplies for silicone, fabric and hybrid repairs.

While there are 2.5 hours set aside to allow everyone ample time to complete repairs, your individual work may not take the full time and you are free to leave whenever suits your schedule.

Instructor: Brett Stanley
Length: 75 Minutes
Saturday 3:45pm – 5pm
Price: $45

Are you unsure how to get started in underwater photography, or wondering what the best poses are for a stunning mermaid photoshoot? In this seminar Award Winning Underwater Photographer Brett Stanley will outline the best ways to take quality images using affordable equipment, and also cover the best techniques for directing mermaids during the photoshoot. The seminar will include these topics:
– Underwater photography equipment
– The physics of underwater photography
– Lighting
– Preparing for a shoot (Mermaid/photographer)
– Posing guidance
– Safety
– Simple photo-editing