10 TIPS ON BE­COM­ING A MER­MAID

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into that grace­ful pho­to­genic dance be­low the waves, but have no idea where to start?

It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence and skill like no other: Ap­pear­ing nat­u­ral when pos­ing is dif­fi­cult for most top­side fash­ion mod­els, let alone pulling it off when un­der­wa­ter, dressed as a mer­maid. Joyce Ng – one of South­east Asia’s most ex­cit­ing mer­maids – takes UW360 through the process of be­com­ing one, and the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing on a sub-aqua shoot Be­fore a dive, re­mem­ber to stretch your legs and warm up be­fore you swim in your mer­maid tail. The mer­maid tail is rigid, which means that your legs can eas­ily cramp

When look­ing for a tail, it’s good to start with a fab­ric mer­maid tail (with a monofin/ flip­per in­side) be­fore you move onto sil­i­cone. Sil­i­cone mer­maid tails ap­pear more “re­al­is­tic” but are heav­ier than fab­ric, and are much more dif­fi­cult to con­trol

Al­ways prac­tice in a pool first. Make sure you can swim com­fort­ably with the mer­maid tail be­fore you swim in the sea

Try to learn the “dol­phin kick” when swim­ming with a monofin. Kick­ing the tail with your legs alone will not “look good”, as this move­ment is not an ef­fec­tive mer­maid swim­ming tech­nique

Make sure you look around be­fore en­ter­ing the wa­ter to see if there is any­thing harm­ful in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity, such as sea urchins or fire coral Begin­ners should al­ways choose mer­maid tails with softer monofins as it takes time to build up leg mus­cle to use stiff monofins ef­fec­tively Have a buddy ac­com­pany you when you swim with your mer­maid tail. As your legs are tightly set in the tail, you may not be able to get your legs out im­me­di­ately if there are any emer­gen­cies

Mer­maids typ­i­cally do not wear masks, but it is good to prac­tice swim­ming with a mask at first. This is to get com­fort­able with the thought of be­ing un­der­wa­ter

If you swim in the sea, please be both aware and care­ful of dam­ag­ing the coral. A mer­maid tail sub­stan­tially adds to your body length. When you kick with your fluke or are touch­ing the bot­tom, you may dis­rupt frag­ile coral

Al­ways con­sider your safety first, and don’t push your­self past your limit

By Joyce Ng

Joyce Ng

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