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MAY 24TH, 25TH & 26TH 2024


Prepare for a professional development experience unique to the mermaid world and join the Mermaid Freedive team for an inspiring, creative and fun weekend celebrating the PADI mermaid community and the mermaid industry! The PADI Mermaid Summit is an annual event that creates space for pro and certified mermaids to gain knowledge, inspiration, creative content and community through interactive events, conservation, workshops and speakers. This event is great for anyone who wants to journey into the PADI Mermaid space at any level from basic mermaid all the way to mermaid instructor trainer! This year the summit is raising money for our honorary organization Coastal Connections of Vero Beach. This organization aims to protect coastal habitats and aid in sea turtle survival. 

Cost: $265 base ticket for three days of scheduled events

additional workshops and photoshoots available and ticketed seperately

Location: Vero Beach, Florida

Dates: Friday May 24th, Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th


The summit is open to all levels of mermaids whether you have already started your journey or you are just getting started during the summit! Must be 16 or older and hold an agency dive certification to attend - but don't worry you can take a class at the event if your not certified yet! This is most ideal for those who are or want to become professionals in the mermaid and diving industries, mermaid enthusiasts and those seeking to deepen a connection to the mermaid community and our environment. You do not need to be PADI certified to attend, all agencies welcome! 


all events are included in base ticket price unless otherwise indicated in blue


  • Kick off ceremony 9:00 am

  • UW Workshops with Mermaid Freedive team 9:10 am - 12:00 pm

mermaid dive techniques, underwater posing, safety and rescue 

  • Basic Mermaid course 9:15 am - 10:15 am

learn how to mermaid and get your PADI basic mermaid certification - $155 ticketed separately

  • Performance workshop with Merman Andy 10:30 am - 11:00 am

work with award winning performance competitor Andy Vargas  - $45 ticketed separately

  • Pro Underwater photoshoots 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

mini sessions with Water Bear Photography  - $390 ticketed separately

  • Fins Entertainment underwater photo booth​​ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

15 min photo/video content session with props, posing and backdrops  - $80 ticketed separately

  • Group swim 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

group mermaid swims and content creation in dive well

-Lunch break-

  • Mermaid Freedive friendly competition 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

enter the competition for a fun space to train or watch and cheer

  • Closing ceremony 4:30 pm


  • PADI Mermaid Gala - time TBA

Professional speakers, interactive workshops, Hors d'oeuvre, photo ops, charity raffle

Eric Albinson from PADI

Vero Beach Mermaid: brand building workshop

Merman Andy: the art of underwater performance

Charity Grace & Fintastic Designs: DIY craft workshop

Water Bear Photography: exploring underwater photography

The Abalone Merman: movement dance workshop 

Mermaid Tasha: Dive against Debris

Mermapp: "The Harmony Shortcut: Empathic Conflict Resolution "

Deepblue Mermaid: the freedive connection

Primal Freediving:  interactive breath workshop

Coastal Connections: Protecting coastal habitats for sea turtle survival

more to be announced soon! 

Olive The Alchemist: creating a mersona

Karribean Mermaids: underwater modeling

  • Mermaid Mixer after party time TBA

cocktails, live music and fun


  • Mermaid Beach Day and Clean Up 10:00 am - 2:00 pm +

Beach clean up, mermaid photo ops, group swims, content, fun in the sun

Beach Cleanup with Coastal Connections 10:00 am

Mermaid fun day 11:00 am +

this is tentative and subject to change - all locations of events will be in hour welcome packet after you sign up!

If adding on a ticketed item(s), please be sure to specify when purchasing tickets!