If you’ve ever had dreams of becoming a mermaid ala Ariel in The Little Mermaid, look no further. There is a Mermaid Academy in Kuala Lumpur, among several that have sprung up around the world, that is catering to the growing popularity of swimmers who want to emulate the mythical creatures. Located in the coastal town of Klang, this academy is the first Malaysian Mermaid Academy and it aims to bring all your mermaid fantasies to life. They offer courses from beginner, all the way to performance and professional levels taught by five mermaid trainers.
The best part of the course of course, is dressing up like a mermaid. Students have to wear tails made of plastic fins covered by shimmering glitter fabric and a matching bikini top. It’s not an easy task since as mermaids, students have to learn to circle in the water and do somersaults, all while trying to keep their eyes open.
“It’s quite tough,” said Koh Yi Xuen, who is 27 and has been learning the special swimming technique for about three years. “We have to open our eyes in the water, and our legs are tied up.” Owner of the academy Lee Boon Leong said he started offering the lessons at his swimming academy after a company approached him and asked to hire someone who could swim like a mermaid for a product launch. The school has taught about 500 women to swim like mermaids.
Lee said it is possible to learn the basics in about 16 hours of classes over three months. Mermaids, which have the upper body and head of a woman and the tail of a fish, are creatures from folklore. The Disney animated classic The Little Mermaid, based on the fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, spurred new interest in the creatures and the way they swim in recent years.
Source: AFP Relax News