Girls’ swimsuits banned
Canadian city bans mermaid costumes from all pools citing safety risks.

Image via Magical Mermaids/Facebook

Edmonton, Canada: A popular swimsuit trend has been banned from all city-owned pools in Edmonton, according to the Edmonton Journal. The city has released a statement confirming that safety concerns had prompted the ban on the swimming costumes which work by pinning the legs together in a mermaid-style fin.

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Parents aren’t happy with the ban which they say is unreasonable as the mermaid swimsuit has been much enjoyed by their kids and that it encourages swimming.

Safety concerns included that a child’s freedom of movement could be limited in the costume and also that the swimming technique could cause a child to take several deep breaths in a row, potentially leading to what is known as ‘shallow water blackout’.

A woman who says she wants to be a “professional mermaid” has already started a petition protesting the ban after she was told she couldn’t wear one of the mono-fin outfits.

Mermaid safety states on its website that:

•    If a child is unable to swim confidently underwater by themselves, they are not ready for a mermaid tail
•    Mermaid tails are designed for experienced swimmers only
•    Adult supervision is required for every swim involving a mermaid swimsuit

Adults should always observe pool safety rules when their children are swimming.

The mermaid swimming costumes are available in South Africa via online stores such as Magical Mermaids, and no safety incidents relating to the colourful costumes have been reported in SA.

Here’s a short video of “live mermaids” swimming via YouTube

Would you allow your child to swim in a mermaid suit?

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