World Finest Swimming Lessons and Camps

    WORLD OF SWIMMING

"Not to win, but to be a part of it"

OUR FAMOUS ALL CERTIFIED MERMAID SCHOOL!

For girls and boys all the ages! 

Learn how to swim like a mermaid (or merman) on the top or under the water! This class is about safety, better swimming skills and magic! 

Program is offered in Whitmore Lake High School Pool, 7430 Whitmore lake Rd, Whitmore lake, 48189, Just 10 minutes from Ann Arbor or Brighton 


                                                        MI Mermaid School Classes:

1. INTRO TO MERMAIDING
$115/session or $150.00 with the tail/monofin rental
Every Sunday April 16-May 14
Time: 11am-12pm

2017 dates are here! Register through this form or, if you have issues with it, call us at 734-383-2620 to register via credit card over the phone.

If you'd like to get started this winter be sure to check out and pre-register for our 2017 Underwater Modeling Workshops!

Learn to be a mermaid (or merman) with the our famous Head Michigan Mermaid, Director of Mermaiding Swimming Association, MSA and World Champion Finswimming Kristina Novicehnko and/or President of World of Swimming Elena Nannoshi and staff.

Beginning of Mermaiding teaches safety and techniques swimming with mono fin. In this fun-filled fin-tasy guests will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a real mermaid (or merman) and master some of the basic techniques that our world-famous professional mermaids filmed for many TV episodes!

At the end of class each student who successfully passes all of their drills and learning exercises will receive a certificate of completion:  "Real Mermaid/Merman."

Class Duration: 1 hour

Class size: 10 maximum

Ages:  ANY AGE WHO CAN SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATE REQUIRED SWIMMING SKILLS:

  1. Swim 25 yards without stopping comfortably.
  2. Be comfortable going  underwater and swimming below the water's surface.
  3. Be able to safely retrieve a submerged object (such as a dive ring) from a depth of 5’. 
 
However tails sizes are starting from 1.5 youth and will be not suitable for children with smaller feet. Our students come from all ages (the oldest was 70) and genders.
If your can’t demonstrate swimming skills above, please, start your swimming adventure through our  5TH STROKE imaginary swimming school for kids and adults or take a private classes! Session includes 5 swimming lessons and usually  is enough to be ready for mermaiding. 

Spots are available until registration is closed.


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2. MERMAID PerforMER
For all ages
$115 /session 
$150 with the tail rental
Every Sunday: March 5- April 2
Time: 11am-12pm

Continue your mermaid education and take your skills to the next level with Mermaid PerforMER! Our intermediate foundation class that brings you all-new material not covered in Intro to Mermaiding.

Learn to be a mermaid (or merman) with the our famous Head Michigan Mermaid, Director of Mermaiding Swimming Association, MSA and World Champion Finswimming Kristina Novicehnko.

At the end of class each student who successfully passes all of their drills and learning exercises will receive a certificate of completion:  “Mermaid PerforMER”

Class Duration: 1 hour

Class Size: 15 students maximum per class

Ages:  ANY AGE WHO CAN SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATE REQUIRED SWIMMING SKILLS:

  1. Swim 25 yards without stopping comfortably.
  2. Be comfortable going  underwater and swimming below the water's surface.
  3. Be able to safely retrieve a submerged object (such as a dive ring) from a depth of 5’. 
 
However tails sizes are starting from 1.5 youth and will be not suitable for children with smaller feet. Our students come from all ages (the oldest was 70) and genders.


Mermaid PerforMER  is for people with prior monofin and mermaid tail experience ONLY. It is recommended that you take the intro class before enrolling in this one as it covers different materials.

We have a silly, fun, great time in the water! We start with check in and stretching as a group before moving in to swim tests. After the class ability is seen from the swim tests the Mer-Instructor leads the mermaid class in drills and skill practice that works on advanced buoyancy control, hair and facial expression work under water, floats and spins, breathing techniques, and more personalized swim motion coaching. If we have time we'll play a group mermaid game that builds on the skills being covered and wrap up with having a chance for free swim / photos in tail (please note we do NOT provide photography, you should bring your own camera). Once free swim is over it's time to shower off, dry off, and go on to your next adventure!


If your can’t demonstrate swimming skills above, please, start your swimming adventure through our  5th STROKE IMAGINARY SWIMMING CLASSES for kids and adults. Session includes 5 swimming lessons and usually  is enough to be ready for mermaiding. 

Spots are available until registration is closed.



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NORTH MICHIGAN MERMAID POD

Every Fridays from 9-10pm 
Adults Mermaids/Merman meet ups
Merman are very welcome!


Come to the pool and jump in the fantasy underwater world! Become a North Michigan Mermaid Pod Member, learn how to swim gracefully with tail, how to hold your breath underwater, how to model and do synchronized swimming with your mer -sisters and brothers! 
In program: swimming, free diving, synchronized swimming, scuba with the tail (for PADI memebers ), underwater photography and more
We will be working on several underwater shows.
Underwater Photoshoot will be a part of the program.
Coaches: Head Michigan Mermaid Kristina Novichenko and President of Mermaiding swimming Association, Coach Elena Nannoshi

Meet Up Place:
 Pool at Whitmore Lake High School Pool, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd, Whitmore Lake, just minutes from Ann Arbor.
Drop-In fees: $25
With the tail rental: $40
Seasonal pass: $250 ( 6 months )
Mer-Program
PRIVATE MERMAIDING LESSON

from $135.00

Our most budget-friendly option... up to three people swim for one total price!

For the serious mermaid or merman enthusiast who wants to make the absolute most progress for their available time! Private lessons are the perfect choice for kids or adults who wants to fulfill their dreams and learn everything about mermaiding.  In private mermaid lessons and private merman lessons you enjoy the privacy of your own location ( our pool is available for $10 extra) while working with one of our incredible MerIstructors to specifically approach your own unique goals. Great for families and friends!


MI Head Mermaid Kristina, Head MSA Mermaid Merle

1 hour is recommended, you may request additional time if desired

Private tutoring sessions are held at YOUR pool, on set location, or condo etc. pool. We alternately can accommodate you in Whitmore Lake High School Pool for an additional per hour swim lane space rental fee (subject to pool schedule).


LESSON CONTENT:
  • Warm-up, Safety, & Overview
  • Mermaid / Merman Swim Technique & Swim Practice
  • Common Mermaid / Merman Tricks
  • Popular Mermaid / Merman Poses for Photos ( bring your own camera)
  • Question & Answer Time
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Individuals scheduling multiple private lessons can add in additional advanced content to an individual lesson plan with their coaches.
AGES

Adults and children ages 5 and up.

PRICING
  • BASIC LESSON: $135 plus lane rental fee (if applicable) for a 1 hour private or semi-private mermaid lesson or merman lesson for up to THREE people. That's right, you can split the cost of this lesson with your friends to have your very own private group lesson! 
  • DELUXE LESSON: Add on only $35 more to our Basic Lesson cost for underwater progress video footage (taken by our Mer-Instructor) of you for use on your social media, to review for technique, to share with friends, etc.
MERMAID AND MERMAN TAIL RENTAL
  • Pricing includes fabric rental tail(s) for all the ages.
  • You can buy your own fabric mermaid tail or mono fin here.
THE INTENSITY OF THIS LESSON IS BASED ON STUDENT ABILITY. YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO SWIM WELL AND WITHOUT ASSISTANCE TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS LESSON.
HOW TO SCHEDULE

Once you pay for your lesson one of our Mer-Instructors will call you to schedule your lesson - please note that lessons occur on weeknights and are based on availability on weekends.


Customize your lesson

MERMAID PARTY

Invite Mermaid party to your backyard pool or rented swimming pool.
We are offering Mermaid parties for Kids, Teens or Adults.
Ask about Whitmore Lake Pool location


Hire package starts from $250 (without rentals) or  $350 ( Michigan) and $400( NYC) for up to 10 kids and includes: 
*All certified real mermaid/mermaids
*Tails rental for all
*1 hours Learn how to be a mermaid class and mermaid show
*30 minutes mermaids presentation
*Mermaid music by the pool
*Certificate for completing 1st lessons of the Mermaid School and $20 credit for upcoming Mermaid Schools/camp
*Pictures for all the guests
*Mermaid Party Favors for all
* Underwater movie from the birthday party (uploadable in 4 days after the party) 

Add $100 for mermaid tail as a gift

                                                                                 ***Adult party price is slightly higher
                                                                                 ***Travel fees can be added
                                                                                 *** Merman is available upon request.
                                                                                            
 UNDERWATER MODELING PHOTO WORKSHOPS
475.00
CALL 734-383-2620
  1. This is the industry-level underwater photo shoot intensive that you’ve been asking for – the chance to dive deep in to your underwater skills and gain practice as an underwater model, actor, professional performer, or serious lover of the arts while gaining edited portfolio-level images for your theatrical reels and personal memories.

    This detailed and informative workshop has been painstakingly designed to take your love of the water to a whole new level while working with legendary underwater photographer Jay Fisher Photography- one of the world's most elusive and famed underwater artists!

    Through an attentive, collaborative approach you will have the life changing experience of working with our extraordinary crew to learn the foundational skills and some of the insider industry tricks needed to create truly exceptional underwater photographs in a safe, fun, way. All of the course content is based on our team’s real international experience in both pool and ocean habitats to help you to do your best in front of the camera and achieve a collection of photographs to be proud of.

    Exclusive by design, the high level of personalized service on this particular workshop means that only four sessions per day are available for models and/or model/makeup teams. We hope that you will join us to be one of the select few who will have their day to make their dreams of becoming an underwater model a reality.

    Date: 
            
    WHAT DATES ARE WORKSHOPS BEING HELD?

    • Saturday January 28, 2017
    • Saturday, March 4, 2017
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017

    WHAT TIME ARE THE SHOOT SESSIONS?

    Times are listed in the above drop-down choice list.


    WHAT DOES THE WORKSHOP INCLUDE?
    • 1.5 Hours of Dedicated Time With Our Team on ONE of the above dates.
      • 15-30 minutes of private coaching with the head MI Mermaid Kristina Novichenko or one of our other lead mermaids before shooting with 
      • 60-75 minutes of exclusive underwater shooting time with internationally acclaimed photographer JayFisherPhotography

    Skills & Coaching:

    • Water Set Etiquette and Tips
    • Water Safety, Risks, and Panic Prevention
    • Underwater Body Movement & Methodologies
    • Buoyancy Control Drills and Skills
    • Light Awareness
    • Underwater Character Theory and Development
    • Real-time Positive Feedback to Improve Your Work
    • Techniques and Practice in Working with Rescue Divers and Water Staff on Set

    Professional Photos and Shoot Highlights:

    • Unlimited Outfit Changes Within Your Shooting Time
    • 4 Fully Retouched and Edited Professional Underwater Digital Images
    • Private Viewing Gallery for Additional Print Options
    • Ability to Pose with 1 Other Person (husband, fiancée, daughter, mom, friend, etc.)  

    • WHERE IS THE CLASS?

      The class is located in Whitmore Lake Community heated pool that has been expressly rigged and prepared for our underwater shoot. This set is "closed" to the general public to ensure that each student has the privacy and attention that they need to train and focus during their underwater time. Address information will be sent to enrolled students the Monday before the shoot for its Simi Valley location.


      CAN MY FRIEND COME?

      Yes. You are allowed to bring your own makeup artist / hair stylist and one friend to pose with you during your in water time (if desired). That person can be a child, fiancee, mom, dad, or other.

      Please DO NOT bring pets or small children. We are NOT babysitters or a dog hotel.

      (c) Brenda Stumpf - Monsters and Special Effects Teams Welcome!


      MAKEUP ARTIST SPECIFICS

      If you are a Special FX (SFX) makeup artist (MUA) who desires to showcase their labor-intensive looks at this shoot we can accommodate you with a shared 10x20 shaded outdoor space with electricity for your kit. If you need extra time before a shoot for airbrush and prosthetic work please let us know with your approximate prep time (makeup artists / SFX teams please ONLY sign up for the last session of each day to allow you enough time to prep).

      If you would like to have your makeup done by our on-site artist please let us know when you sign up.


      WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

      A costume, goggles, towels, a change of clothing, and waterproof makeup (if desired).

      While this shoot is being run by one of our Mermaiding Swimming Association Instructors, MSA, and both mermaids and mermen are welcome to bring their tails to the shoot, it is not mermaid-specific. You are highly encouraged to use your imagination in your costume and bring options to review with our team on set such as dresses, monster outfits, etc. Wigs, horns, and other props are welcome in this shoot.

      Please be sure to water-test any fabric to ensure that the dye does not run before bringing it to set. Any sequins or other decorations MUST be glued firmly or sewn well on to wardrobe.

      Props are allowed - it is recommended to buoyancy test them before arrival.


      DO I NEED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL SWIMMER?

      No; based on the structure of the set you do not need to be an expert swimmer. You DO need to be comfortable submerging your body under water, holding your breath under water for at least 20 seconds (more if preferred), and going under water with your face and head submerged.


      WHEN WILL I GET MY PHOTOS / BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO?

      Within 45 days of the shoot. We are doing "first come, first served..." The people who sign up the earliest will get their images the fastest.


      TIME POLICY

      You are solely responsible for being fully in makeup, hair, and costume at your scheduled start time.

      No time extensions will be provided if you are late or delayed in starting at your start time if caused by you and/or your makeup artist etc.



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UNDERWATER THEATER
Call 734-383-2620 for more information

For the first time with help of our synchronize swimming coaches and choreographers we are offering Underwater Theater Class. Swimmers will be performing in different shows. 
This Class is for for swimmers ages 8 and up that have excellent swimming skills. Participants will be learning gymnastics and dance in the water individual and groups. Swimming conditioning and dry land choreography are included in the each training.