Here’s your chance to head back to a school where the uniforms have scales, where seashell identification smarts are more important than sight words and where King Neptune rules as principal. Chicago’s very own AquaMermaid academy will transform you into a mermaid and then teach you all the submarine skills you need to know, from fin high-fives to deep treasure dives. Whether you want to celebrate a birthday Ariel-style or just dive in for some mommy-daughter bonding time, this unique school will have you guiding ships to safe harbors and waving your fins to passing sailors in no time. Here are five reasons to love AquaMermaid, the coolest new school in town.

Chicago Mermaid Schoolphoto: courtesy of Amy Bizzarri

1. You can trade your feet for fins for a few hours.
If you’ve ever dreamed of trading your feet for fins, now’s your chance. AquaMermaid will outfit you with an amazing monofin that will have you swimming faster than ever. On top of your fin, you’ll slip into a snazzy spandex mermaid tail that will have you feeling like Ariel in no time. You’ll want to wear a comfortable bathing suit or bikini so you can easily slip into your mermaid fin. Your special monofin will make it easier and speedier than ever to glide through the water.

2. Kids and adults are both invited to join in on the mermaid fun.
Classes here are arranged by both swimming level and age. You’ll have to be at least 7-years-old, however, to set off on an AquaMermaid adventure, but some exceptions can be made, so talk to your AquaMermaid registrar before you head to the high (pool) seas.

Chicago Mermaid School Adultsphoto: AquaMermaid Chicago

3. Mermaid lessons make for an unforgettable birthday party adventure.
AquaMermaid offers birthday party packages so that budding mermaids can celebrate a new birth year in the water. Packages include one hour of private mermaid­ swimming lessons, mermaid tail rentals and extra pool time for free swim and photo opps. Why should the kids have all the fun though? Party packages also make for a fab girls’ night out or bachelorette adventure.

4. Lessons are held in the safe harbor of Whitney Young Aquatic Center with easy parking to boot. 
Chicago’s AquaMermaid school operates out of the Whitney Young Aquatic Center at 211 South Laflin. Street parking is easily available. Be sure to give yourself time to check­ in by arriving 10-­15 minutes prior to the start of class. Lockers are available free of charge for your cell phone and other belongings.

5. Photo opps galore. 
You’ll feel so glam in your mermaid gear you’re going to want to capture the look on camera. Thankfully the last ten minutes of class are reserved for photo opps. Even better, outfit your smartphone with a waterproof case so you can document all the underwater action.

Chicago’s AquaMermaid school is now accepting wannabe mermaids for upcoming classes. Learn more and realize all your submarine dreams by visiting aquamermaid.com/collections/chicago for more info.

Are you or your mini-you a AquaMermaid School grad? Tell us out your experience in the Comments below!

— Amy Bizzarri