The day we learnt to swim like a mermaid on Boracay

Boracay is a unique place. Why?

You can take a mermaid swimming lesson of course! Where else in the world can you dress up and learn to swim like a mermaid…?

Learning to swim like mermaids Boracay
Learning to swim like a mermaid on Boracay with our mermaid teacher

Well in fact you can, in mermaid schools in Gran Canaria, Florida and Copenhagen, where there’s even a bronze statue devoted to the Little Mermaid.

Daryl Hannah in the film ‘Splash’ and Arial in THAT famous Disney film (!) was always a source of inspiration for birthday boy Sebastien to swim like a mermaid.

But when Seb set eyes on the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, that sealed the deal and swimming like a mermaid in tropical waters became his #1 life long ambition!

Seb inspired to swim like a mermaid by the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen
Sebastien inspired by the Little Mermaid bronze statue in Copenhagen, Denmark

Boracay is one of the few places in Asia where you can learn to swim like a mermaid. So for Sebastien's birthday in May 2015, his life long wish came true and we took a mermaid swimming lesson with one of the companies we saw here.

Birthday boy Seb at mermaid school Boracay
Birthday boy Seb posing at mermaid school on Boracay island before learning to swim like a mermaid

Stretching to warm up

Swimming like a mermaid is actually hard work, involving a lot of core movement and upper body strength as the legs are essentially ‘tied’ together.

The muscles need to be warmed up before starting class to avoid any cramp, so our pretty mermaid teacher, David started us off with some yoga like stretching:

Stretching before mermaid swimming class begins
Stretching and warming up the body with our instructor David before our mermaid swimming class begins

Dressing up and getting into the water

The monofins are elaborately decorated and very delicate. Stefan wore pretty purple and Sebastien a more, er, masculine (!), green.

With our fins well fastened, it’s was time to get into the water and learn to swim like a mermaid!


So, how does one swim like a mermaid?

Swimming like a mermaid is hard work. It’s an intense workout on the core and not for the light hearted.

The legs need to remain straight but not locked and your arms stretched out in front of you. Swimming like a mermaid is perfected by moving with a subtle ripple like wave effect throughout your entire body from your legs, core and all the way to your stretched out arms.

Swimming like a mermaid is also about being graceful and elegant. Unfortunately Stefan was more like a clumsy whale trying to dive, but birthday boy Sebastien didn’t do too badly:


By the end of our mermaid swimming lesson, we were exhausted and welcomed the chance to just relax in the sun.

Relaxing in the sun after mermaid swimming class
Relaxing in the sun after mermaid swimming class finished

How to pose like as a mermaid

Swimming like a mermaid is fun and knackering (in a satisfying way), but the real excitement for birthday boy Sebastien was the chance to pose as a mermaid…

Birthday boy Seb posing as a mermaid
Birthday boy Seb posing as a mermaid on Boracay's White Beach

… and boy did we do plenty of mermaid posing!

The Nomadic Boys posing as mermaids on Boracay
After an intense mermaid swimming class we got to pose on the lovely White Beach of Boracay

Learning to swim like a mermaid in Boracay is a lot of fun and we recommend all travellers do it!

Posing with our very pretty mermaid swimming instructor called Andrew
Posing with our very pretty mermaid swimming instructor called Andrew

Travel with us as we swam our way through Boracay and Palawan in our Philippines travel video.



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17 thoughts on “The day we learnt to swim like a mermaid on Boracay”

  1. Thanx for sharing for this mermaid swim lesson. It’s is an incredible and sweet blog post and very helpful for all those newbies swimmer who has no time to join swim classes or even learn swimming by own self without any instructor I am sure it’s a safe swimming method. All pics are marvelous especially last posing pics with swim instructor Andrew.

  2. Hey! I’m heading to the Boracay soon and will definitely do this after reading your review. Bit of a random question – but where did you get those shell necklaces?

    • Hi Dani and thanks for your comment. Can’t wait to see you all dolled up with monofin and splashing about in the waters of Boracay xxxx

  3. Omg!!! Ur finally in the Philippines! The gayest country ever! Yay! Yes I said it cuz it truly is! There’s more islands ur missing. I’ll be happy to tour around. Let me know. Btw, u guys are in the national paper today. Yay! Love ur blog!

  4. If I were to stumble upon two gorgeous merhunks like you, I would’ve adopted you and kept you hahaha… Sailors better not encounter the likes of you at sea or they’d be mesmerized by these temptresses of the sea 🙂 I can imagine how difficult it must have been to swim in that costume… probably more difficult to swim in the sea than in the swimming pool too… 🙂

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