Girls want mermaid tails in pools
Two 11-year-olds are campaigning to get mermaid tails back into Auckland public pools.
Sophia Neeson and Yasmin Bicer presented their dream of starting Mermaid Tails, a mermaid swimming school, at the Henderson-Massey Local Board on October 17. The girls wanted mermaid graduates to be allowed to use their sparkle tails in Auckland public pools.
Mermaid swimming suits encase the legs and included a fish tail. It allowed wearers to swim like a mermaid by strapping their legs together into a tail.
The tails were banned from Auckland public pools due to safety fears. However, the Henderson-Massey Local Board agreed to investigate the girls’ request.
‘‘It is every kid’s dream to someday be a mermaid and Mermaid tails will help make those dreams come true,’’ Sophie said.
The safety of the popular gift forced countries like Australia and the United Kingdom to ban its use in public pools. Auckland Council banned mermaid tails in 2016 because it was unsafe for use in public pools and proved a distraction to lifeguards.
The council’s leisure manager Rob McGee said the tails were designed for competent swimmers and even manufacturers recommend one-to-one supervision which couldn’t be given in public pools.
Yasmin Bicer, left, and Sophia Neeson said they’ve been swimming with mermaid tails for more than two years.