MANILA, Philippines (NBC/RTV) - For women and girls who have dreamed of being a mermaid, a school in the Philippines is giving them a chance.
The Manila branch of the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy opened last May.
For around $41, anyone with basic swimming skills can join the two-hour pool sessions.
"I think every girl wants to be a mermaid at one point in her life," said Mermaid student Zada Ong.
Coaches include scuba divers, free divers and competitive swimmers.
"We have this notion that the mermaids are beautiful, are playful, are fun, and adventurous, and graceful," said Mermaid coach Arabelle Jimenez. "So that is what we want to impart to the kids also."
The idea started with a Halloween costume and turned into a creative way to teach children how to swim.
"I feel happy because I get to swim," said Mermaid student Leann Evangelista. "I get to swim like a mermaid because I wanted to be a mermaid since I was young."
The school has attracted students of all ages.
Swimming in a skin-tight suit and monofin requires abdominal and leg muscle strength, so the sessions make for a good workout, too.
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