The ultimate European Mermaid Holiday!
Continuing to raise our mermaid training benchmark of quality and fun we are pleased to announce the first FreediveUK mermaid camp. FreediveUK offered the first Mermaid course in the UK back in 2014 and have been training mermaids to a professional level ever since, this camp will be the first dedicated mermaid camp that we have run.
What’s the plan then?
From Sunday 9th June till Sunday 16th June 2019, we will be running a dedicated mermaid training camp (without a tent in sight!) on the sunny Spanish coastline. An easy and cheap flight from most European cities to Alicante and a short transfer to Creviellente you find yourself in the foothills of the Sierras in the heart of miles of beautiful beaches, rocky headlands, stunning Mediterranean reefs and marine parks.
Fully catered in a private Villa with two pools you will be taught by FreediveUKs expert trainers to whatever level you can achieve within the weeks camp (Mermaid Levels 1-3). AIDA instructor trainer Ian Donald, AIDA master instructor Richard Marsh, AIDA Assistant Instructor Lissy Marsh (aka Mermaid El Sea Mar) and AIDA instructor and professional photographer Alistair Scarlett.
Each day you will be treated to home cooked meals, Yoga (by FreediveUK instructors and a professional Yoga instructor), Photography training (as the model), Freediving training and of course Mermaid skills ranging from basic swimming to deep water posing. Maybe you will even master the elusive and endlessly tricky horizontal bubble ring!?!
Training with FreediveUK
Confined water training will take place in the two private pools, one which is a more typical 15m long fitness pool, ideal for static and dynamic apnea training and shallow skills. The other is 4m deep and is an incredible onsite facility to train equalisation and controlled deep photos and other skills. Deep water training will take place at a variety of sites up and down the coast, some of which are ideal for shallow water skills 1-8m whilst others are perfect for deeper diving of up to 25m. You can push yourself in whatever way you want, you will be supported by the team at every turn and you don’t have to do anything that you are uncomfortable with. If you want to focus on shallow water skills, thats cool… Likewise, if you want to go as deep as we can get you, then we will be with you every step. The cost of the week is a flat rate for all participants, so you can chop and change your goals depending on how you are getting on without the pressure of feeling you need to achieve any particular level of certification. Included in the price is the FreediveUK mermaid certification 1,2 or 3 and the AIDA level 2 certification (if you want this please let us know as we will bring bi-fins for you too to achieve a couple of requirements).
Photos with Alastair Scarlett
Professional photos will be taken by Alastair Scarlett throughout the camp. Included in the cost of the general training he will work with you in small groups to improve your camera awareness and posing technique for both stills and video. These photos can be purchased directly from Alastair at the end of the camp after he professionally edits and finalises the images. Alastair’s photos have been featured in The Guardian, The Independent, MTV, Cosmopolitan and on the BBC and Channel 4. See some of Als photos here and feel free to discuss options and costs with him directly via his email. Be sure to bring plenty of props and costumes if you want to try something a little different! Als photos could be the perfect launch pad for your career as a mermaid.
Accommodation is in shared twin rooms with shared bathrooms in the private Finca and includes all meals, snacks and drinks. The finca itself is in the small hillside community of Creviellente, surrounded by orange groves and with a beautiful view of the hills and the sea. The owner of the finca is a professional yoga instructor and will offer a free yoga session (on the day off, see schedule below) on the old fruit drying roof overlooking the finca and the hills. The finca is a wonderful place to relax during your time off training with a stunning pool and multiple seating and living areas.
Airport transfers (Alicante) and daily transport is all included in the price, so all you need to do is get yourself to Alicante!
(Please note the hosts will be on site and have a few friendly dogs that live at the property).
To Alicante international airport. Not included in holiday price. Flights can be found for as little as £30, this reasonable flight cost and frequent flights is one of the reasons we chose Alicante as a destination
Approximate Schedule (may vary slightly due to conditions etc):
Sunday 9th June: Arrive, free transfers to finca from Alicante airport by the Finca hosts
Monday 10th June: AM, Welcome meeting with FreediveUK, dry training and yoga. PM, Pool static apnea training and mermaid swim.
Tuesday 11th June: AM, deep pool training and dynamic training. PM, Shallow water sea dive
Wednesday 12th: Day trip to Cabo de Palos for deep diving
Thursday 13th: Day off – Yoga session with Annica Flemming, relax in finca grounds or trip to beach and national park, BBQ. Optional trip to the famous local tea house in the evening (+10 euros pp).
Friday 14th: Trip to Tabarca island marine reserve
Saturday 15th: Day trip to Cabo de palos for deep diving
Sunday 16th: Head home, free transfers to Alicante airport
- Over 16 years old
- Capable of swimming unaided for 200m in any style
- Must complete AIDA Medical Statement
Accommodation and training will be paid separately.
Training with FreediveUK including training, transport to dive locations, dive site fee’s, kit and achieved certifications – £500
All kit , (fabric tails with rigid internal fins, Mahina fins, masks, snorkels, weights, bi-fins if you want to achieve the level 3 mermaid or AIDA level 2) , excluding wetsuits, is included – you will need to bring your own wetsuit (5mm surf suit or 3mm Freedive suit minimum). You are welcome to bring any equipment or costumes that you may already have.
A 50% deposit amount of £250 is non-refundable. Full payment is required at least 6 weeks before departure.
Once you have purchased your training with us we will introduce you via email to the owners Annica Flemming yoga to purchase your accommodation.
Accomodation with Annica Flemming Yoga – €57 pp/pn (€399 7 nights ), All-Inclusive shared twin rooms with shared bathroom, including transfers. All accomodation costs and payments are handled directly by Annica Flemming yoga.
A 20% accomodation deposit, paid to Annica Flemming yoga will be required to secure your room.
Shared twin rooms will be allocated on arrival but if you are coming with a friend or want to request a certain person to share with this will be accomodated wherever possible. Cost is per person not per room.
Total trip cost = Approx £850 (With current exchange rates).
Please note, if you would like to arrange your own accomodation this is possible but be aware you would need to get yourself to/from the villa each day and there will be a small fee for use of facilities and food.
Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are limited.