What is the BEST Mermaid Tail for Beginners?
I’ll admit, I’ve only ever swam in one type of fabric mermaid so far in my life… but that is because I’ve had no desire to buy from another fabric mermaid tail manufacturer. Why? Because my Fin Fun Mermaid tails are the BEST fabric mermaid tails for me. When I started out on my journey towards becoming a professional mermaid, I opted to buy a Fin Fun Mermaid Tail as my FIRST mermaid tail. Since then, I have purchased a realistic silicone mermaid tail, but I STILL use my fabric mermaid tails to this very day. Fin Fun tails are (in my mind) the best tails to buy if you are just getting started as a mermaid OR if you are buying a tail for your child. In this blog post, I’ll be telling you WHY I think Fin Fun is the best place to get started with making your mermaid dreams come true!
Below is a video of my FIRST time swimming in a mermaid tail EVER! IT IS SO OLD!!
Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are Safe
If you or your child are new to mermaiding, then the FIRST thing you need to focus on BEFORE you try doing fancy tricks is how to be safe in your mermaid tail. Fin Fun mermaid tails come in two pieces- the tail skin, and the monofin. The monofin is basically a large flipper with two foot pockets. It goes inside of your tail skin and is used to help you propel yourself through the water. While some monofins have tight straps that can be quite uncomfortable, Fin Fun’s monofin is strapless. Instead of using straps to squish your feet in place, this monofin has soft neoprene pockets that you can easily slip your feet into and out of… which is part of what makes this tail maker’s tails so safe! Due to the unique design of Fin Fun’s monofin, taking the monofin off in case of an emergency is quick and easy.
In addition to having a monofin that is easy to get in and out of, Fin Fun tail skins have an opening at the end of the tail that allows water to flow easily through the tail. This eliminates drag while swimming, which makes it easier to swim! There are some mermaid tails out there that do NOT have openings to allow water to flow through… I’ve heard they can be rather difficult to swim in. YIKES!
From my experience swimming in Fin Fun Mermaid tails since 2016, I can say that they are easy to swim in AND have many clever safety features. HOWEVER… you can never be too safe. If you would like more tips on how to be safe as a mermaid, then please click HERE.
Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are Practical
Fin Fun’s tails are made out of swimsuit fabric, so they are stretchy, lightweight and easy to put on and take off. While I do love my silicone mermaid tail, it weighs about 30 lbs, hardly fits into a large suitcase, is not easy to travel with, and is NOT easy to put on. Although I am a professional mermaid and I DO use my silicone mermaid tail for all of my events, I do still enjoy the ease of use that fabric mermaid tails provide for casual outings. When I go out for a leisurely swim in the lake (or a pool), I often take one of my fabric tails with me. Part of this is because of how easy fabric tails are to transport and to get into… that fabric tails are MUCH easier to clean than silicone mermaid tails is also a factor! Hehehe!
Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are Durable
Another great thing about Fin Fun’s tails is that they are relatively durable. And by durable, I mean that they can survive a mostly-blind and very reckless mermaid like me. Now, keep in mind that these tails ARE made out of swimsuit material and WILL stretch, pill and tear overtime… but they hold up pretty well for what they’re made of. My FIRST Fin Fun Tail (a “Jia’s Asian Magenta”) is still in use to this very day. I have worn it for 3 year. And by worn it, I mean I’ve worn it in rough-bottomed pools, in rivers full of sticks (I do not recommend), in lakes full of zebra mussels (which are very sharp) and on dry land. My tail has been through a lot. And sure, it has some holes to show for it (thank you Platte River), but it still fits, it still looks beautiful and I still love wearing it. While fabric tails are the least durable of tail types by nature, I can vouch for Fin Fun and say that their tails can take a beating!
Swimming in my ANCIENT Fin Fun Tail (Video Below)
Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are Affordable
My silicone mermaid tail cost me nearly $3,000 USD. That is a good chunk of change! Obviously, that tail was well worth the money for me, and I would buy it all over again if life were to rewind itself, but that is a bit out of most people’s price range. Neoprene tails are expensive too, and some can even end up costing $500+ USD. Not the most reasonable for someone who isn’t even sure if they’ll LIKE mermaiding yet. Fin Fun Mermaid Tails (and most fabric mermaid tails) are affordable. These tails WITH the monofin included can cost under $100 USD. That is still an investment, but it is nothing in comparison to a silicone tail or a neoprene tail. Fin Fun tails are some of the most affordable swimmable mermaid tails out there.
Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are Realistic Looking
Okay, so most kids know what a Fin Fun mermaid tail looks like by this point and will explain to the world that you’re a fake mermaid if you’re wearing one, since they recognize the fluke shape. BUT!!! They still look quite realistic. I’ve had people stop me for pictures when I’m in my slightly-holey old fabric tail and I’ve had kids shout “Mom look!! It’s a mermaid! I told you they’re real!” Although the fluke (the fin part of the tail) has a very solid look and DOES have a clearly visible opening at the end of it (for water flow/ inserting your monofin), the tails looks very realistic from afar. Fin Fun has many different colors and designs that have unique and realistic looking scale patterns. Typically, each scale has shading on it to give it the appearance of being a raised scale rather than a flat print. Some of the designs have fins too, which don’t look as realistic as some tails with fins that I’ve seen, but they still do look nice. Overall, Fin Fun’s pre-made designs are as realistic as an inexpensive fabric mermaid tail gets. You’re going to be a beautiful mermaid.
Fin Fun Mermaid Tails can be Custom Made!
One of the coolest things about Fin Fun is that they have something called the “custom tail creator.” This allows you to create your own unique mermaid tail design, upload that design to Fin Fun’s Custom Tail Creator and have your one-of-a-kind design brought to life in the form of a beautiful fabric tail. This is something that my sister chose to do for her tail, and she eventually used this custom tail creator to make a tail for me too. It is an inexpensive way to make sure that your mermaid character (or mersona) really stands out in the mermaid community! I love my sister’s custom-made Fin Fun tail, and I love the one that she designed for me too. (If you would like ME to design one for you, please email me at Phantom@TheMagicCrafter.com for a quote!)
Ready to Buy a Tail?
If you are ready to buy your first mermaid tail, then please CLICK HERE to visit Fin Fun’s website! Otherwise, you can click on any of the other blog posts below to continue learning more about mermaiding, mermaid life and my adventures as a professional mermaid! ♥
AFFILIATE DISCLAIMER: I am an affiliate of Fin Fun through ShareASale. Some of the links and photos on this website may be affiliate links. If you purchase anything from these links, I may earn a commission. This does NOT cost you anything extra. This is one of the ways that I help support by small business as a professional mermaid while also sharing some of my favorite products with you. Please know that you can rest assured that I only promote products that I know, like and trust.
SIDE NOTE: Fin Fun is NOT sponsoring this post. I came home late from work dreaming of going for a swim. Since it was storming out, I couldn’t swim and opted to write about something mermaid related instead. Simple as that!