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Discover Mermaiding




13 plus




< 2 hours

Ever dreamed of becoming a mermaid? It’s time to make that dream a reality.

No need for experience with snorkeling or diving, as long as you’re comfortable in the water and can swim, you can safely enjoy this fin-tastic adventure. The Discover Mermaiding experience begins with Captain Jon, “the Merman,” introducing you to the basics of monofin and swimming underwater like a mermaid in a controlled environment, such as a pool or knee-deep water.

As a PADI Mermaid instructor, Captain Jon with Reefs & Wrecks Remembered, will teach you the skills and tricks for making the most of your mermaiding experience, as well as share his deep passion for protecting our shared waterways. And of course, you’ll get a unique photo opp to prove to everyone that you swam like a mermaid.

Local Scout Tip

Before taking your mermaiding class, try practicing (and watching) swimmers doing the “dolphin kick.” To get a feeling for the motion of the mermaid kick, start off on your back.

Find the expert that’s right for you

Reefs & Wrecks Remembered, LLC

Captain Jon has been diving since he was nine. With a passion for sharing the underwater world with others, he is our location's only merman instructor.

Emerald Coast Scuba

Offering diving and snorkeling for all skill-levels. Ages 10+ can learn basic skills with a shallow water dive. Younger kids can go snorkeling in the Destin Jetty!

Where to Stay

The Island Resort at Fort Walton Beach

The Island Resort offers family activities like a poolside mermaid. Located directly on the Gulf on Okaloosa Island, they offer two large pools and kid activities.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin

Right across the street from the Gulf! Fairfield Inn + Suites offers indoor and outdoor pools and spacious hotel rooms for the whole family.

Henderson Beach Resort

Destin’s only luxury resort, choose from five food and beverage options. Be sure to catch the sunset over Henderson Beach State Park at the Rooftop Bar.

Food + Drink

Camille’s at Crystal Beach

Camille's Beachside Cafe is open for breakfast and small bites (great smoothies) or head upstairs after 5pm to the restaurant for sushi and fresh-caught meals.

Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill

Fudpucker's is the only restaurant where you can see and hold a live alligator! Plus, kids meals are served on a real frisbee that you can take home.

The Gulf on Okaloosa Island

Enjoy beach-front dining and fresh Gulf-to-table seafood with space for the kids to play.
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