Daniel Kim

The mermaids brave the deep end of the pool during an apprentice mermaid program class by The Seattle Mermaid School at Juanita Aquatics Center in Kirkland on Thursday, April 14, 2023. 
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Olive Teague, founder of the Seattle Mermaid School, moved to Seattle from Florida during the pandemic in 2020. 

Teague said that the mermaid community in Florida Springs grew organically with the accessibility to the water, but Seattle had a different story: “I knew very quickly that it was going to be up to me to create the community around me that I wanted to see.” 

Getting their LLC — Teague says that they became the Pacific Northwest’s first PADI mermaid instructor and created pool space and accessibility for mermaids: “I just loved that feeling of weightlessness. And my passion in life has been giving that feeling of weightlessness and joy to as many humans as I possibly can.”

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Olive Teague, founder of the Seattle Mermaid School, moved to Seattle from Florida during the pandemic in 2020. Teague said that the mermaid community in...