Swimmable Mermaid Tails for Living Your Best Mermaid Life

Mermaid tails are a a way to make swimming more fun this summer. I think every single one of us at some point in our life has had mermaid dreams!

If you live in a warm climate like we do here in Texas, you know the value of pools – either in your backyard, neighborhood pool or local public pools! Adding in your own swimmable mermaid tail can elevate that pool experience from fun hobby to Little Mermaid

Child in swimmable fabric mermaid tail sitting on a rock next to the pool water.
Let’s go swimming in mermaid tails!

Swimmable Mermaid Tails

Swimmable mermaid tails are fabric tails that contain mono fins flippers that you can wear as a mermaid tail skin for swimming.

There are several companies that make the fabric mermaid tails. Our first experience was with FunFin Mermaid Tails back in 2014 when this article was first written. Several of the photos used in this post were provided by FunFin and they originally sent us our first mermaid tail products to try.

FunFin Mermaid Tails

Our experience with Fun Fin Mermaid Tails was a positive experience. In fact, the highlight that summer for my daughters was entering the world of mermaids. My daughter and her friends swapped fabric tails all summer long. I went to the pool with a timer, when it would ring, two more kids would wear tails. 

Fin Fun Mermaid Tails on Kids Activities Blog - one of the kids in the family wearing a fin fun mermaid tail in the pool
Swimming with a Fin Fun Mermaid Tail was a hit at my house over the summer!

To say these tails were loved is an understatement. They believe they are now professional mermaids in the underwater world in their swimmable mermaid tails.

FunFit Mermaid Tail Swimming Safety

Let’s start with the most obvious thing that most moms say when they see mermaid tails for the first time…those look super dangerous! In fact, some public pools have banned them.

I’ll admit it, I was nervous to have the kids swim with the FunFit mermaid tails. Just looking at the swimmable mermaid tail design and the thought of the feet being stuck together with a mono fin and their legs held together with fabric tails worried me over their water safety. The tails appear to make it more difficult to swim.

But the kids’ mermaid swimming experience was very different than my fears. Swimming in their own mermaid tail was intuitive immediately. Within a few strokes they were splashing and swimming in a coordinated manner and living their best mermaid life.

I would recommend you make sure the kids trying the mermaid fabric tails for swimming are confident swimmers and supervised at all times. It is surprising how quickly they caught on even if they were a strong swimmer.

fin fun mermaid tails in action from fin fun files - three kids swimming in fabric mermaid tails underwater in public pools.
Let’s swim in the underground world like mermaids…

Swimming Skills Needed for FinFun Mermaid Tail Safety

Fin Fun recommends kids using a basic fabric mermaid tail be at least 5 years old and able to complete the following skills checklist:

  • Floating on back
  • Floating on stomach
  • Rolling from front float to back float
  • Treading water for 1 minute
  • Swim 25 meters unassisted
  • Swim 25 meters unassisted with dolphin kick
Watch the [Short] Strong Swimmer Evaluation Video:

Safety Features Built into the FinFun Mermaid Tails

The mermaid tail design on the Swimmable FinFun Mermaid Tails is something you absolutely want to consider before you buy a cheap mermaid tail that wasn’t designed with safety in mind. You can download the FinFun Mermaid Tail Safety Guide Here. What to look for in a quality swimmable mermaid tail:

  • Quick Release Mono Fin – To quickly get out of the monofin and allow legs to move independently, with the FinFun Mermaid Tails you can press one foot down while pulling the other one up and then repeat on the other side which releases your feet and then you can remove the mermaid tail fabric.
  • Anti-Air Pocket Opening in Fin – A Fin Fun mermaid tail has and opening at the bottom of the monofin which forces air to transfer through and will never create an air pocket.
Swimmable fabric mermaid tail worn by child in pool laying in sun with sparkling water and scale patterns in colors of blue and purple
Dreaming mermaid dreams this summer…

Swimmable Mermaid Tails Can Make Strong Swimmers

When used safely and regularly, kids can improve their swimming skills and confidence. Another benefit is they can swim up to twice as fast with the mermaid tails.

While swimming in the tail your kids can engage with an alternate self. They become the mermaid inside the fabric tail. It’s precious.

Mermaid tails for younger kids are fabric mermaid tails without monofins and without the restriction of the fabric skin in older versions.
There are mermaid tail options for kids of all ages!

Best Mermaid Tails & More

Mermaid tail in green under water in a pool showing just the fin tail.
I love my mermaid tail!

Care of Mermaid Tails

Monofins can be rinsed off after use and hand washed when necessary. Most high quality mermaid tail skins are machine washable which is important if you are swimming in anything beyond fresh water – chlorine and salt need to be washed out of the fabric to preserve it for many summers.

More mermaid fun from Kids Activities Blog - girl in sand with mermaid tail outline made of sand
Being a mermaid is fun!

More Mermaid Fun from Kids Activities Blog

How do your kids like mermaid tails? Anyone turned into a professional mermaid at your house this summer?

One Comment

  1. Thanks for this post! I grew up in a house full of girls, so teenage boys are a bit of a mystery to me. As an adult I am the only female in my house–even the dog is a boy!–so this gave me some insight about what to expect when Tommy hits his teens. Thanks!

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