The Not So Little Mermaid


Growing up, I took pride in being the not so typical girl, but my love for mermaids was the one exception. At the sheer mention of The Little Mermaid, I would swoon, sing, and dream of living under the sea. So you can imagine my excitement when Nora, the owner of Aquamermaid Chicago offered to make my dreams come true in a mermaid class here in Chicago.

A mermaid can’t swim alone so, I just had to get my BFF, Jalpa to join and my oh my was she thrilled! This opportunity presented itself right in between our birthdays so that made the offer even sweeter. After the initial excitement and shock wore off, I started to question if I would be able to fit into the tail since they only come in small, medium, and large. Instead of letting my fears sink in, I decided I’d go and find out the fit in real life.Aquamermaid-Chicago-Dasha-GuytonThen the day finally arrived, and we found our way to the Whitney Young High School pool near downtown Chicago. Most of the mermaids opted to suit up in the locker room, but if you’re a shy girl, or notoriously run late, just throw on your swimsuit under your clothes. It’ll save you time and awkwardness in the locker room.Plus-Size-Mermaid

Next, we got fitted for a monofin. This means that you find a fin that will stay in place on your feet throughout the class. Then you get to choose your tail—pink or blue. This was the moment of truth ladies, and let me tell you I was worried for nothing because the material is extremely stretchy, so the large fit just fine even though I’m a size 18/20. The instructors were so helpful throughout this not so graceful process which involves standing, sitting, shimmying, and tugging but once it’s on you feel like a magical sea princess.Aquamermaid-Chicago-Review

During the class, we learned to swim like a mermaid, which is basically a lovely repetitive motion of abs, hips, tail. You learn to do it on your stomach, back, and side. Once everyone is fairly comfortable with the technique, you learn a few tricks and then the class concludes in a mermaid race! As an asthmatic, even though I didn’t win, I was proud to come in second. And of course…Aquamermaid knows you need pictures, so they graciously allow time as class wraps up for photos! Here are some fun post class shots I took with Jalpa of Samosa POP and Amber of Style Plus Curves!Aquamermaid-chicago-plus-size-mermaid

If you’re ready to make your mermaid dreams come true, sign up for a Sunday afternoon class here. And hey…if you want your own mermaid tail, there are some available here on Aquamermaid’s site. Thank you so much to Nora for letting me try the Aquamermaid Chicago class; I’ll definitely be back! Aquamermaid-chicago-plus-size-mermaid-review

23 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks like you had such a great time. I’m glad the tail fit despite your fear and you were able to really enjoy yourself during the class. This is too cute!

  2. Omg i want to go to Chicago & hang out with you and to become a mermaid for an afternoon! How amazing! This looks like so much fun!!! Congrats on getting 2nd place in the mermaid race!

    Xo Jamie

    1. Dāsha says:

      I WOULD LOVE THIS EXPERIENCE WORTH YOU🤗 We should get the whole BOPO group together for a mermaid date! It was so MAGICAL!

  3. Uhm THIS IS EVERYTHING! You all look amazing but also it seems like you genuinely had a lot of fun!

    1. Dāsha says:


  4. Anna Baun says:

    This is way too cute! I have been hearing so many great things about these classes here in Chicago! I absolutely need to check this out. Looks like you had such a great time! XO

    Anna ||

  5. This looks so fun, and cute! xx Adaleta Avdic

  6. How fun is this!!! I would love to do this!

  7. elle spann says:

    omg how fun! SO jealous!
    elle | southern elle style

  8. OMG this looks so fun!! Who wouldn’t want the chance to be a mermaid for a day?!
    xx, Bri ||

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    1. Dāsha says:

      Hey girl 🤗 you’re so sweet, thanks

  10. Brandi says:

    This looks so fun! I need to come to Chicago ☺

    1. Dāsha says:

      YAS GIRL! LMK when you decide to come. We can go together.

      1. Brandi says:

        I will definitely let you know.

  11. sudershana says:

    Enticing !
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  12. This is sooooo awesome! I love unicorns and do believe they are real….would love to participate in something similar….like a unicorn horseback ride….LOL!

  13. Ahhhh I love this!!!!

    1. Dāsha says:

      😉 It was so much fun, and I haven’t been that sore since I played softball. What a fun way to workout.

  14. Well, your swimsuit! I have a bad habit of calling all swimwear bikinis, oops! 🙂

  15. Your bikini is to die for!!! And I love mermaids as well – I always wanted to be Ariel! I love how mermaids are like a trend now! haha

  16. Toni says:

    That is so cool!!!

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