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Montreal Now Has A Mermaid School

by Laura Feinstein

February 12, 2015

Canada and "whimsical sea fantasy" usually don't go together. Recently, however, all that changed as the country opened its first ever Mermaid school dedicated to “the happiness of your inner mermaid” in Montreal. AquaSirène swims a strange path between cosplay and sport as students don fins for cardio and bond “through a shared fondness for mermaids.” As Montreal resident and part-time mermaid Marielle Chartier-Hénault explained to the CBC: "You become like another person. You are not yourself anymore—you're the mermaid and the mermaid can do anything... You can do the style you want. It's a magical creature."

In the grand tradition of upstanding Canadian educational institutions like McGill and U of Toronto, all classes will be taught by a professional—mermaid, that is. Some courses include intros on mermaid photo shoots, teen aquamermaid, kids parties, and corporate packages where employees can train to be water-maidens. As the mtlblog notes, the strangest of all is the “landlocked mermaid package” where you can rent a human-sized aquarium filled with your very own mermaid. So despite Montreal's temperature currently hovering at around 17 degrees, now might be the time to drive north and get your inner Ariel on.

For more info, visit the AquaSirène website and Facebook page here, and fall in love with the pictures (and video!) below.

Untitled from Monika Naumann on Vimeo

 

 

 

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Montreal Now Has A Mermaid School