Mermaid tails


Mermaid tails have become a new trend this season, and many swimmers are interested in practicing their dolphin swim in both private and public pools within the city.

Although the mermaid tails are fun, there are some things parents and child-minders should keep in mind with regards to safety and the use of mermaid tails in the pool.

Here's what you need to know

  • Mermaid tails should only be used with adult supervision-Do not leave child unattended while using the device
  • Only experienced swimmers should use mermaid tails
  • Mermaid should learn the proper dolphin kick technique, and practice with mono fin by itself

City of Kitchener pools are allowing use of mermaid tails during public swims at the discretion of the head guard on duty. The head guard will assess the volume of swimmers, and the space required to safely use the tail in the pool to determine if it can be used.

Once the head guard has assessed and approved the pool area for mermaid tails, experienced users who pass the mermaid swim test may swim in the pool without assistance. Novice swimmers will be required to swim within guardian's arms reach at all times

Swim test qualifications

The mermaid swim test will require the mermaid to demonstrate that they can dolphin kick on their front for a minimum of eight meters with the ability to put their face in the water and take at least one breath without putting their feet on the bottom of the pool. At eight meters the mermaid must be able to move into an upright position, change directions and return to the starting location on their back.

Please note that mermaid tails will need to be removed to walk on the pool deck, or use the slide or diving board.

City of Kitchener pool staff will continue to monitor the use of mermaid tails at pool facilities, and may adjust the policy on mermaid tails if required.

Stay safe and have fun!


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