POOLaide Webinar: Mermaid Camp & Lifeguard Games

Originally aired May 4, 2020
Presentation by Dominique MacDonald, Recreation Excellence & Your Better Life 

You asked, we answered! Mermaiding is one of the hottest trends in aquatics. This session will discuss how you can safely incorporate mermaid programming at your facility to generate revenue. 

How do you create excitement about lifeguarding? Why not develop a lifeguard games-type competition for your staff to compete against others facilities? Learn how to think outside the box with challenges beyond lifeguard fitness skills. 

Powerpoint Slides

Dominique MacDonald
Dominique cultivates teams and committees that develop and carry out innovative & sought-after programs, staff training and special events.  As the Manager of Corporate Brand and Services with Your Better Life Coaching, she hopes to share her passion and innovation with you.

Recreation Excellence (website) 

Your Better Life (website)

Your Better Life (Instagram)

Dominique MacDonald (Instagram) 


Show Notes

00:00 Early start with Katie Crysdale, Lakeview Aquatic Consultants Ltd. 

30:50 Welcome & Introductions

33:00 Presentation 

Mermaid Tail Ready | Fin Fun Mermaid Tails (YouTube)

Learn the Quick Release Safety Method | Fin Fun Mermaid Tails (YouTube)

Mermaid Tail Safety | Fin Fun Mermaid Tails (YouTube)

Mermaid University 101 | Fin Fun (Vimeo)

Mermaid Safety PSA | Fin Fun (YouTube)

UCalgary Lifeguard Games (YouTube)

UCalgary Lifeguard Games (Instagram) 

Lifeguards dive into skills competition at U of C Lifeguard Games (video embedded)

UCalgary Active Living (Instagram)

1:46:50 End of Presentation, Q & A

2:16:30 Wrap Up


Show Links 

POOLaide Webinar Main Page

All previous POOLaide webinar recordings (YouTube)

Jules the Pink Mermaid (Instagram)

In Your Element Mermaids (Instagram)

Virtual Saskatchewan & Manitoba Aquatic Conference (VSMAC) Program Guide

Virtual Saskatchewan & Manitoba Aquatic Conference (VSMAC) Registration

Mermaid Tails are Dangerous (YouTube)

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants (Facebook)

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants (Instagram)

Alberta Association of Aquatic Professionals (AAAP)

Monday, May 11 AAAP Webinar/Meeting Registration

Merman Chatfish (Facebook)

Mermaid Safety Talk by Merman Chatfish (YouTube)

Mermaid Pool Party, Party with a Princess Iowa

Sparkly Fanny Pack

Ruth Lee Lifeguard Products

Ruth Lee Pool Rescue

Ruth Lee Product Brochure

ALG Safety - Canadian Distributor of Ruth Lee

ALG Product Brochure

Ruth Lee Lifeguard Training Rescue Manikin product review (Lakeview Aquatic Consultants blog)

Ruth Lee Lifeguard Training Rescue Manikin demo videos (YouTube) 

Ruth Lee photo (Instagram)

POOLaide Webinar: Making Aquatic Inservice More Realistic: Foam and More by Kelly Martinez

Foaming Manikin (YouTube)

How to Make a Foaming Manikin (YouTube)

Drowning is Gross, Lifeguards Love YouTube

Box of Lies with Blake Lively on Jimmy Fallon (YouTube) 

Lifeguard Games Photo 1 (Instagram)

Lifeguard Games Photo 2 (Instagram)

Lifeguard Games Photo 3 (Instagram) 

Lifeguard Games Photo 4 (Instagram) 

Tiny Hands photo (Instagram)

Box of Lies with Blake Lively on Jimmy Fallon (YouTube)


Speak Out mouthpieces in bulk

UCalgary Lifeguard Games

Equitable Aquatics (Facebook Group) 

Aqua Conscience

POOLaide Webinar Main Page

All previous POOLaide webinar recordings (YouTube)


Fin Fun Resources

Fin Fun (website)

Fin Fun (YouTube)

Fin Fun (Facebook)

Fin Fun (Instagram)

Fin Fun (Pinterest)  **so many great ideas here!!**


Monofin Safety + Care (PDF)

Mermaid University

Bringing Mermaid Magic to Your Pools (PDF)

Mermaid University Affiliate Program (PDF)

Mermaid Ambassadors Program 

Mermaid Resources from Other Facilities 

Strathcona County, Alberta (Canada)

Mermaid Code of Conduct (Word doc) 

Mermaid Birthday Party Package Email (Word doc)


City of Greenfield, Wisconsin

Mermaid Swimming Outstanding Aquatic Program (PDF)

Active Living, University of Calgary, Alberta 

Mermaid Camp - Crafts/Activities Guide

Mermaid Camp - Bingo

Mermaid Camp - Campers Booklet

Mermaid Camp - Schedule

Mermaid Camp - Lesson Plans

Mermaid Camp - Daily Schedule

Mermaid Camp - Weekly Schedule

Mermaid Camp - Report Card

Leduc Aquatic Centre, Alberta (Canada) 

City of Leduc requires mer-folks to complete the following swim test when using a leg-binding device:
- swim at least 15m using dolphin kick without the device
- swim at least 15m wearing the device
- demonstrate recovery to a standing position after swimming forwards underwater wearing the device
- demonstrate recovery to a standing position after swimming backwards underwater wearing the device.
One this swim test is completed, mer-folk are asked to swim only where they can touch just in case they get tired.

To add resources to this page, please email katie@lakeviewaquaticconsultants.com 

Portage Pool, Lac La Biche County, Alberta

Public Use of Mermaid Tails, Standard Operator Procedure (SOP)

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Mermaid-in-Residence Program (August 2019)


For the complete POOLaide webinar schedule, please click here.



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