Help Ina's Mermaid School Take the Dive!

Ina's Mermaid School is growing in WAVES! Can you help us?

Karen
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Project Ends on March 31, 2020

Project Description

SAY WHAT?? A MERMAID SCHOOL??

YAS! We are a full-on Mermaid School! Ina's Mermaid School provides dream-worthy interactive mermaid classes, experiences, events, and retreats in sunny Florida! Our Mission is to provide healthy movement while inspiring and empowering our mermaids through play and imagination! 

 

Located on the U.S.'s #1 ranked family-friendly beach, and only 90 minutes from Disney, Ina's Mermaid School is the first official mobile mermaid school in Florida! Currenly serving 5 pool-based locations, our goal is to provide more classes and events at local resorts, targeting more of the huge tourism economy in Clearwater/Tampa/St Petersburg! 


What exactly do you do at Mermaid School?

We make mermaid dreams come true! Our most popular services are Mermaid 101 Classes for kids, and Mermaiden 101 Classes for adults. Believe it or not, our adult classes ALWAYS sell out and have a waiting list! These 1.5 hour classes provide all you need to learn how to swim like a real mermaid! Using real, swimmable mermaid tails, we teach safety, technique, swimming skills, and tricks! Of course, this class has the option to purchase a tail of your own. Our other popular services include mermaid makeovers with professional photo shoots, as well as mermaid appearances at parties and events. 

 

 

The Truth About Mermaids

Since I started this Mermaid project, Ina's Mermaid School, we have grown in waves and dunes! Mermaids are a thing, and the industry is responding! This Mermazing adventure has taken me, and my SUV full of tails, all over the Tampa Bay region, providing mermaid classes and birthday parties all over the place! From starting at a small country club-based pool once a month, Ina's Mermaid School now offers Mermaid programming through 3 City recreation departments (including about 10 pool locations), as well as 2 country clubs. In addtion, we serve private clientele, as well, providing our services to many private parties and pools. In addtion to the services we offer, we also retail mermaid tails, goggles, mermaid crowns, apparel and more - all out of the back of my Toyota SUV. 

It's time to take the DIVE with this mermaid business! Though I have thought deeply about a brick-and-mortar store, my mermaid dream would be to have a MERMAID SCHOOL BUS that would serve many purposes to Ina's Mermaid School. 

Can you even iMERgine!? How finstastic would it be to have a mobile mermaid boutique, that hauls our tails and equipment, and serves as a drivable billboard for the business! In additon, this vehicle will take us to all of our class "gigs" as well as drive us to teacher-training events! This Mermaid School Bus will turn heads and gain attention for our business.

With the money that I raise from this campaign, I'll purchase a van (ideally, a Ford Transit), get it custom wrapped with a design from my graphic artist, and purchase some inventory to fill the van for events and festivals! 

 

So, You're, like, a Mermaid?

I get that question all the time - as well as the look that goes along with it. Believe it or not, I'm actually a certified Mermaid Instructor, AND Mermaid Instructor Trainer. It's totally a thing... but let me start from the beginning...
 

My name is Karen Tickner, and I'm your typical Florida girl. I grew up on the beach, swimming with manatees, picking scallops. As a child, I became completely obsessed with the world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids (who are only an hour north of the School), and, thus, my PE Teacher mom signed me up for synchronized swimming. I swam as a competitive mermaid until I aged out, and then found myself launched into surf sports. Eventually, I became a professional athlete, as well as a freediving instructor. After being a successful, self-employeed fitness and Pilates instructor for 20 years, I opened the mermaid school when I personally had a magical mermaid experience in Hawaii. After returning from my trip, I quickly opened Ina's Mermaid School, became an affiliate of FinFun Mermaid University, and became a SCUBA Schools International Mermaid Instructor Trainer, where I train mermaid instructors how to teach based upon international accreditation and safety standards. Yes, mermaids are a thing, and I'm on the edge of where this movement is going! 

Oh, by the way, my mermaid name (my mersona) is "Ina" - which means "to illuminate", because my mermaid experience illuminated my life. 


How Can We Say Thanks?

Asking for help and support is always difficult. I can't thank you enough for your help and support as I grow this business. Not only are you helping other's dreams come true, you are helping mine come true, too. You'll see that I have some MERfect rewards lined up to say thanks for your incredible support. From stickers, to tails, to incredible mermaid experiences, we have it all! Thank you so much for your FINomenal support! 

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Are Mermaids Real? 
    • Of course, they are! 
  • How old do you need to be to take a mermaid class? 
    • Our minimum age for class is 6 years old. This age requirment is for safety and a part of the SSI Standards that we must follow. If you're child is too young, message us! We have other options for the little ones!
  • Can adults take a mermaid class?
    • Of course! In fact, our mermaidens classes are the most popular choice on our menu!
  • Where are you located? 
    • Ina's Mermaid School is located in Dunedin, Florida, and we service Clearwater, St Petersburg, Sarasota, Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and more areas in the greater Tampa Bay. We also travel to teach workshops and host retreats all over the country!
  • Is it hard to swim in a tail?
    • Not gonna lie, it can be challenging at first. But, this is why we teach classes like we do - to ensure your safety and enjoyment in a tail!
  • How do I know what size mermaid tail to get? 
    • The FinFun Memaid tails go off your pants size. When choosing a size, remember that they do run BIG, so it is wise to size down.
  • What styles of shirt does the Mermaid.For.Life. Shirt come in? 
    • The Mermaid.For.Life shirt comes it women's tanks, flowy tanks, v-neck fitted shirts, and regular t-shirts. They also come in a variety of colors, and we can print custom shirts too! Let us know when we email you about your order what you would prefer.

 

Kent Narvaez
02/03/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Romelle
01/31/2020
Making Waves Supporter
$75
Katie Ferguson
01/09/2020
Making Waves Supporter
$75
Rob
01/06/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Julia
01/06/2020
Real Mermaid Supporter
$100
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
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$10
Guppy Supporter

Mermaids ARE real! Show your support for the Mermaid kind with this fabulous bumper sticker! 

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$20
Believer Supporter

Let everyone know how you really feel about mermaids with this adorable desktop sign! , you'll also get a "MERMAIDS ARE REAL" bumper sticker! We'll be able to get these out to you as soon as our campaign ends!

This fun mermaid block sign will look great in any room!

  • 2" Tall x 9.5" Wide x .75" Deep
  • Composite Wood Construction
  • Paper Artwork
  • Galvanized Look Metal with Black Text and Brasstone Studs
  • Freestanding
  • Keyhole Slot for Hanging
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$40
Real Mermaid Supporter

YAS! You are a real mermaid! Show it off! This reward includes this super cute Mermaid wristlet!  You'll also receive the "I Believe in Mermaids" Sign! 

Keep all of your valuables in this versatile wallet!
 

  • Quilted Construction
  • Zip Around Closure
  • One Clear-View ID Window on Front and Open Pocket on Back
  • Inside Zip Pocket, Bill Pocket, and 3 Credit Card Slots
  • 12" Strap that is Detachable at One End with Lobster Clasp
  • 4" Wide x 5.5" Tall x 1" Deep
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$75
Making Waves Supporter

YAS!  You are a mermaid for life! With this reward, you'll get this adorable shirt, along with a $30 credit certificate to one of our local mermaid classes, and the mermaid wristlet (or the equivalent in mermaid gear)! 

This shirt comes in a variety of sizes from small to 2XL. Once you place your order, we'll email you to sort out your selection! Kids shirts are available too! 

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$250
Custom Mermaid Class for 4

Mermaid dreams do come true! This reward brings you your own custom mermaid class for 4. Open to all ages, learn how to swim like a REAL mermaid! We'll also take photos and videos so that you can share your experience! We can do this class at your pool or ours. We'll contact you once you order to square up the details!

*all mermaids must be 6 years old and must know how to swim. 

*If swimming isn't your strength, we can arrange a mermaid makeover experience, instead! 
* Classes must be held in the Greater Tampa Bay area

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$1,000
Mermaid Dream Reward

The reward provides the ultimate Mermaid Dream experience! With this purchase, you receive:

  • A custom mermaid class for 8 mermaids at our location or yours
  • A Swimmable Mermaid Tail of your own
  • Mermaid Makeovers for your party, with a custom photoshoot with a professional photographer

*All mermaids must be at least 6 years old to swim in a mermaid tail, and all mermaids must know how to swim (we have options if they can't!). Class must be held in the greater Tampa Bay area.

We will email you upon your purchase to sort out the details! 

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$2,500
Sparkle Supporter

The ultimate Mermaid Package!  With this reward, you will receive:

  • A custom mermaid class for 8 people, at your location or ours!
  • A Mermaid Tail of your own! 
  • A Custom Mermaid Makeover and Photo shoot with a professional photographer for your party!
  • Business Listing on our Mermaid School Bus! 

*All mermaids must be at least 6 years old and know how to swim (we have other options for you if you can't!)

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Guppy Supporter

Mermaids ARE real! Show your support for the Mermaid kind with this fabulous bumper sticker! 

80 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
Believer Supporter

Let everyone know how you really feel about mermaids with this adorable desktop sign! , you'll also get a "MERMAIDS ARE REAL" bumper sticker! We'll be able to get these out to you as soon as our campaign ends!

This fun mermaid block sign will look great in any room!

  • 2" Tall x 9.5" Wide x .75" Deep
  • Composite Wood Construction
  • Paper Artwork
  • Galvanized Look Metal with Black Text and Brasstone Studs
  • Freestanding
  • Keyhole Slot for Hanging
60 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$40
Real Mermaid Supporter

YAS! You are a real mermaid! Show it off! This reward includes this super cute Mermaid wristlet!  You'll also receive the "I Believe in Mermaids" Sign! 

Keep all of your valuables in this versatile wallet!
 

  • Quilted Construction
  • Zip Around Closure
  • One Clear-View ID Window on Front and Open Pocket on Back
  • Inside Zip Pocket, Bill Pocket, and 3 Credit Card Slots
  • 12" Strap that is Detachable at One End with Lobster Clasp
  • 4" Wide x 5.5" Tall x 1" Deep
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$75
Making Waves Supporter

YAS!  You are a mermaid for life! With this reward, you'll get this adorable shirt, along with a $30 credit certificate to one of our local mermaid classes, and the mermaid wristlet (or the equivalent in mermaid gear)! 

This shirt comes in a variety of sizes from small to 2XL. Once you place your order, we'll email you to sort out your selection! Kids shirts are available too! 

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2 Supporters
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$250
Custom Mermaid Class for 4

Mermaid dreams do come true! This reward brings you your own custom mermaid class for 4. Open to all ages, learn how to swim like a REAL mermaid! We'll also take photos and videos so that you can share your experience! We can do this class at your pool or ours. We'll contact you once you order to square up the details!

*all mermaids must be 6 years old and must know how to swim. 

*If swimming isn't your strength, we can arrange a mermaid makeover experience, instead! 
* Classes must be held in the Greater Tampa Bay area

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$1,000
Mermaid Dream Reward

The reward provides the ultimate Mermaid Dream experience! With this purchase, you receive:

  • A custom mermaid class for 8 mermaids at our location or yours
  • A Swimmable Mermaid Tail of your own
  • Mermaid Makeovers for your party, with a custom photoshoot with a professional photographer

*All mermaids must be at least 6 years old to swim in a mermaid tail, and all mermaids must know how to swim (we have options if they can't!). Class must be held in the greater Tampa Bay area.

We will email you upon your purchase to sort out the details! 

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$2,500
Sparkle Supporter

The ultimate Mermaid Package!  With this reward, you will receive:

  • A custom mermaid class for 8 people, at your location or ours!
  • A Mermaid Tail of your own! 
  • A Custom Mermaid Makeover and Photo shoot with a professional photographer for your party!
  • Business Listing on our Mermaid School Bus! 

*All mermaids must be at least 6 years old and know how to swim (we have other options for you if you can't!)

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