Mermaid tails also referred to as monofins are part of swimming gear though they are destructing to those who have no experience in using them. This is because you cannot start using tails if you are still at the beginner level as a swimmer. In this, it is not a learning tool. However, it is important that you keep to safety measures that are ideal to keep you safe. Other than safety, they are fun and playful to have and use.
Possible Safety Concerns
Some safety concerns have arisen and this is the reason only good swimmers can use them. These include movement restriction as a mermaid tail consists of just one finger where both your feet go into one fin. Some monofins are designed with a latch or strap and during an emergency, it can be difficult to reach out for it when swimmers are panicking. This is also tricky as it may require some skill to remove making it a concern for the beginners. While these concerns may arise, there are some safety rules that apply to using monofins and mermaid tails.
Basic Safety Rules
In an effort to boost safety when using mermaid tails, the following safety rules should be followed to the latter whether you are a beginner or a professional swimmer.
Safety release function
It is important that you familiarize yourself with with your tails safety release function if any. Some tails do not come with any of the above. However, it is important to know Which safety release function is available and then understand how it functions. This will make it easier for you to reach out when necessary to avoid panicking.
Know your limit
Knowing your limit will help you to know how well you can use your mermaid tail. There is no need to strain with the aim of learning another move. Take it slow and do not push too hard as controlling an emergency can be difficult especially if there is no supervision. Gradually move from one move to another.
Always use under supervision
Irrespective of whether you are a first time user or a professional, it is important that you use them only under the supervision of another person. This will help to address an emergency as well as prevent injuries.
Do not dive or swim through objects
While swimmers can ordinarily dive and swim through objects such as floaters and other swimming pool toys, this is not the case when using mermaid tails. These tails are not exactly streamlined and this may cause you to get stuck when diving through them.
Before you choose to start using a mermaid tail, it is important that a professional take you through the first step to check whether you are ready to use a tail or not. Do not simply shop for a tail then swim into a pool. This is not only dangerous but also life threatening.
Safety Features of a Mermaid Tail
Going under water requires that you take precaution in an attempt to stay safe. This is no different when seeking to use a mermaid tail. The following safety features come as a complete package depending on the type and style of the tail.
For children, it is recommended that you avoid monofins that have straps around the ankles. While it is safe for grownups, it is highly disregarded for children as they are not fast enough to unwind them in the event there is a problem or danger.
Another safety feature is that they are lightweight thus ensuring that they do not weigh you down. This is accompanied by their neutral buoyancy so that they boost your ability to remain afloat.
Also check on the material used so that you can go for one that will boost flexibility. This will retain confidence in the user be it a child or a grownup. However, it is important to keep in mind that you should only use it under supervision. This is very important especially for children.
Tips to Keep You Safe when Mermaiding
Only use when under the supervision of a professional adult
• Only good swimmers should consider using mermaid tails
• Confirm with your comfort zone. In this, you can start with waters you are familiar with. Waters that scare you such as the ocean where the tides vary are restricted for use with mermaid tails.
• Anyone thinking on using a monofin should start learning the dolphin kick first. Gradually advance to using a monofin and you can then use the tail as you perfect your experience.
• Perfect your swimming skills and ensure you are good and comfortable with swimming under water.
• Start early. Many swimmers who perfect this art fast and with ease are children due to their flexibility and open mind. Training as an adult is challenging but this is not to say that it is impossible.
Some tails come with an open bottom to help you to easily access your legs and feet. Though they are different, they come with several similarities. Mermaid tails are part of swimming gear though they are destructing to those who cannot use them. This is because you cannot start using if you are still at the beginner level as a swimmer. In this, it is not a learning tool.
However, it is important that you keep to safety measures that are placed to keep you safe.
Some safety concerns have arisen where both the young and adults are pushing for their elimination. This is the reason only good swimmers can use them. These concerns include movement restriction as a tail consists of just one opening where both your feet go into one fin. Some monofins are designed with a latch or strap and during an emergency, it can be difficult to reach out for in the event of danger. This is also tricky as it may require some skill to remove making it a concern for the beginners. While these concerns may arise, safety measures will keep you safe as long as you keep them.