Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a certification from The Seattle Mermaid School?

Olive the Alchemist is a PADI Mermaid Instructor. The Seattle Mermaid School offers PADI Discover Mermaid, Basic Mermaid, and Advanced Mermaid Certification courses to its qualifying students. 

Where exactly is The Seattle Mermaid School?

Alchemy Aquatics Entertainment LLC has partnerships with several local pool venues to choose from. Most are located within Seattle and Bellevue city limits. Class bookings for The Seattle Mermaid School at the privacy of your own venue or home, whether the lesson is private or for a small gathering, are a possibility for an additional fee. Contact@OliveTheAlchemist.com for curated pricing. 

Do I need swimming experience to participate?

The Seattle Mermaid School is designed with all experience levels in mind. We take students as young as 8 years old and up to any age. Be sure to check the age requirement for each offering, as group lessons are age specific. All Apprentice Mermaids are required to pass a instructed skills check prior to tailing up in the water. This is included in the instruction time of students' first lesson.

Swimmers with the Seattle Mermaid School do not have to be the most confident in the water, however applicants should be able to complete 1 lap (25m) unassisted in human form.

Whether you are brand new to the sport of mermaiding or an aspiring professional, The Seattle Mermaid School has valuable, holistic instruction available to expand your mermaid skill set.  

What COVID-19 precautions are in place?

Because masking is not safe or possible while treading water, The Seattle Mermaid School is not able to enforce a mask policy during all lessons. 

Our freediving lessons are held at a host "dry" classroom. The operating facility, SANCA, does require masks to be worn on their property, as well as proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 negative test result taken within 24 hours for entry. Free on-site testing kits are provided by SANCA at the door.