“Where was this when I was a kid?” was 13-year-old Lydia’s first reaction to Fin Fun’s mermaid tail. “It’s just cool. I like being a mermaid,” she said. Even though she is a teenager, she loves her mermaid tail.
Most of her friends want to get one too.
In fact, being older has its advantages. Teens are stronger swimmers. They can swim faster and perform more tricks with their monofin and tail.
“I can swim backward and do flips in the water,” Lydia’s sister, Emma, said. “It’s kind of difficult at first, but definitely fun.”
Emma, 15, says the mermaid tails and monofins are fun for every age and level of swimmer. She and Lydia also have a nine-year-old sister, but the teens believe they have just as much fun with their mermaid tails as she does. Maybe even more.
And Emma definitely thinks strong swimmers have an advantage because they can do more.
Lauren, 15, agrees with Emma. “I definitely think older girls can enjoy them more than younger girls because we are better swimmers,” she said after using a tail and monofin for the very first time.
Lauren has been swimming all her life, but she says the mermaid tail brings swimming to a whole new level. “I just love being in the water. It’s really fun for me. It’s just a different way of swimming. I enjoy the monofin.”
Her mother laughs that they live in Southern California, go to the beach once or twice a week all summer, spend a week at Lake Powell every year, and swim in their grandmother’s pool—and yet they come to Idaho and transform into mermaids!
Lauren and her sister Lacey can’t wait to try the mermaid tails back home and show them to their friends. Lacey, 14, especially thinks most of her friends are going to jump on board and get mermaid tails too!
Like many girls, Rachel, 13, always wanted a mermaid tail. She can’t find the words to describe her fascination with mermaids. “It’s just awesome,” she said. “A human fish.”
“I think every child dreams of being a mermaid and when they are older they still have that connection,” she said.
When Rachel wears her mermaid tail to the pool, younger girls flock around her, asking if she is a real mermaid.
Rachel mostly enjoys the attention, but occasionally finds it annoying. “Sometimes you just want to swim,” she said.
She acknowledges that all people are different and a few might be embarrassed by the attention, while others might especially like the attention of being a mermaid.
But no matter the age, all the girls agree transforming into a mermaid is a magical experience!