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So, a mermaid academy exists in Europe

Brb, writing application letter.

Ever had one of those days when you've just had enough of walking round on your bog-standard two feet? When concrete feels so boring and you just want to plunge into the sea with nothing but a coconut bra and a fishtail on? Well...us neither. But apparently some people have, because the first mermaid academy has opened up in Europe. And we think they're being serious.

The school, called Sirenas Mediterranean Academy, which has just launched in in Tarragona, Spain purports to "make dreams come true, regardless of age or gender" by teaching its pupils all the necessary attributes of a (might we point out, mythical) mermaid; like how to swim with a tail and how to hold your breath underwater.

So it seems that Ariel and co have made more of an impact than first imagined on viewers of the Disney classic, A Little Mermaid, as co-founders Alejandro Rodríguez Bosch and Susana Seum Pascual seem to think there's an awful lot of business out there for customers who want "a unique experience in the Mediterranean Sea - to live their magical fantasy of becoming a mermaid or merman."

And they're quite persuasive, these two, arguing that the academy is so much more than a bloody great picture opportunity for those who want to pose like the beached mermaids they are, faux-fishtail and all. "Aquatic activity is one of the best ways to stay healthy and swimming with a tail makes large groups of muscles work together," they quite rightly point out.

The arguments get better still when the pair highlight the emotional benefits of becoming a mermaid. So much so, that we're starting to question why we've never considered such a thing before.

"Mermaid training also helps to improve a person's mood," Alejandro adds. "And because it is not high impact it can be practiced by anybody, regardless of age. Breathing like a mermaid facilitates the return of blood to the heart and the ventilation of the lung alveoli so the activity is a complete work of toning, strengthening and oxygenation."

And don't panic that you'd be like a fish out of water trying to become a mermaid, because the academy has already thought of that one. Two courses are on offer; there's the mermaid baptism level (that's beginners, in mermaid speak) which takes place in a swimming pool, and then the more advanced level, where mermaid apprentices are set free on the beach. Yep. And both are offered for the reasonable prices of just 39 euros ($56) for 90 minutes for beginners, and 49 euros for 90 minutes for advanced. BARGAIN or what?

This one definitely belongs on the advanced course

So that's us convinced. We'll see you down the mermaid school next summer, then.