Carla, Head Mermaid at Mermaiding UK
Welcome, fabulous mer! Lovely to meet you.
Like you, I suspect, I’ve loved mermaids and the water for as long as I can remember. My Mum always tells me how I was like a fish as a child, and never wanted to get out of the pool or the sea once I was in.
I vividly remember,
during the games played in my undersea kingdom, a yearning to look down and see the strong, powerful, beautiful tail of my imagination – and not my human legs, which are great on land but not that helpful or speedy in the water.
Fast forward to a 25 year old me, sitting in stifling London offices, stumbling across Hannah Mermaid’s videos and site.
The yearning for a mermaid tail returned tenfold,
and like the sailors of folklore, I was instantly lost to the sirens’ power – only I wanted to be one, not run away with one.
Discovering that tails and fins were commercially available and that mermaid swimming was a real thing here as well as Stateside and in Australia was like coming home.
It took me a while to muster up the confidence to go looking for mers in the UK (they exist and they’re lovely!) import a tail of my own and swim in it.
That very first swim was glorious –
and weirdly, though not at all surprisingly, natural. It felt like flying underwater, and like something I was born to do – and I knew in that moment I wanted other people to experience this.
Having not seen much in the way of curvy merfolk, I also wanted to create a body positive space for people to try it out.
And so Mermaiding UK was born. With mermaid hen parties and birthday celebrations, mermaid photoshoots, and a shop so you can buy your very own swimmable mermaid tail and all kinds of mermaid gifts, there’s something for everyone here.
Come and play and share your mermaid alter ego and your mermaid lifestyle – I’m so excited to meet you!
With love & narwhals (because underwater unicorns),
Carla / Mermaid Kerenza Sapphire xx