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Mermaids in Mexico Certification Retreat

Updated: Feb 8

Certifications. Conservation. Content. Cabo.

Join us in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for the mermaid trip of a lifetime November 15-23, 2024! Swim with whale sharks and sea lions, earn your PADI Mermaid certification, and make friendships and memories that last a lifetime!

Have you always dreamt of being a mermaid? Are you a seasoned mermaid who's looking to take the next step in becoming a PADI Mermaid Instructor? Do you love wildlife and want to better learn how to protect it? If you've answered yes to any of the questions, this is the retreat for you!

The Details

Dates: Nov 15-23, 2024


Los Cabos, Mexico (with a day trip to La Paz, Mexico for whale sharks and sea lions)


We have a few different options for pricing based on people per room!

To have your own private room - $4771

To share a room with someone - $4079

To fill both spots in a double room (total room price for 2 participants) - $8157

To just be a buddy in a room to a participant (no mermaid activities) - $2312


Individual highlight video, perfect for Insta or TikTok

Group event highlight video

5 professionally edited photos

PADI Mermaid Certification

PADI AWARE Certification

Day trip to La Paz to swim with Whale Sharks & Sea Lions

*Turtle Release Conservation Tour

*All Meals, Snacks & Beverages

*All-inclusive hotel accommodation

*SJD Airport Transport to/from Hotel

*Group fitness activities provided by hotel

*Daytime entertainment & evening programs provided by hotel

*1 SCUBA tryout in pool for those not certified

Business coaching session

Breathhold & modeling workshops


Fabric tail rental


*Hotel tips

(* included in buddy/non-participant rate as well)

Not Included:


Travel Insurance

Dive Insurance

Specialty Dining (available on resort for extra charge)

Silicone tails

Optional Add-Ons

ATV Desert Tour $70

Sunset Pirate Dinner Cruise $99

Advanced Mermaid & Dive Against Debris certifications combo $400

Mermaid Instructor certification (& EFR combo) $1000

Emergency First Response certification $150

Buddies (non-participants) may add on ATV Tour ($70), Pirate Sunset Cruise ($99), or La Paz Day Trip ($362.50)

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)

Friday, November 15, 2024

Guest Arrival & Welcome Reception

Saturday, November 16, 2024

PADI Mermaid Certifications

Planning session with Photographer & Videographer to ensure they get what you want during the week

Breathhold workshop

Pool photoshoot

Sunday, November 17, 2024

Modeling workshop

Advanced Mermaid certification

Beach photoshoot

Optional ATV Tour

Monday, November 18, 2024

Group 1 (Mermaid Instructor & EFR candidates) Trip to La Paz & underwater photoshoots

Group 2 Free Day

Tuesday, November 19, 2024

Group 2 Trip to La Paz & underwater photoshoots

Group 1 Mermaid Instructor Classroom & Emergency First Response Certification

Wednesday, November 20, 2024

Boat trip around Los Cabos & underwater photoshoots

PADI Dive Against Debris Certification

Thursday, November 21, 2024

Mermaid Instructor Candidates in-water practical

Photoshoots around resort (pool/beach)

Optional Pirate Dinner Cruise

Optional Trip to Town

Friday, November 22, 2024

PADI AWARE Certifications

Turtle Release Conservation Tour

Final Photoshoots

Farewell Dinner

Saturday, November 23, 2024

Return to airport

Meet the Team

Tasha Haight

Mermaid Tasha is an internationally-performing professional mermaid, PADI Mermaid Instructor Trainer, and children's book author who was recently featured on the Netflix docuseries, MerPeople. She owns a successful mermaid company in the Delmarva area but travels around the globe spreading mermaid magic, from Egypt to Iceland to French Polynesia, and everywhere in between. Her published books tell tales of conservation and wildlife encounters through fun mermaid adventures. Tasha has been listed as one of Maryland's 40 Faces of Tourism in 2022 and was selected as the Worcester County Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year in 2023.

Andover Media

Justinian Dispenza of Andover Media will be joining us as our official videographer for this event!

Justinian is the director of Andover Media, a media production studio based on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  He's been fascinated by underwater videography ever since his grandma showed him the Blue Planet series as a child.  He has a host of PADI/UTD certs and a great under water video rig.  He's filmed mermaids before and loves the juxtaposition of the elegance of natural beauty with the magic of a mermaid.  He’s got 10 years of professional video experience and is excited to help create something cool you can use to promote your magic! 

Sunni Water Photography

Mary Ann Zukowski will be joining us as our official photographer for this event!

Mary Ann Zukowski is an underwater photographer based out of Orlando. A total water woman at heart, born from the Philippines islands and grew up in Florida at a young age. As an experienced freediver and scuba diver, she absolutely loves sharing her passion underwater with others.  She has a way of making people look stunning even under the surface, whether it's at the Florida springs or in the ocean. Mary Ann's photography has been featured through Florida State Parks, multiple ocean conservation pages, Blue Spring State Park, and The Knot for "Best Wedding Destinations Around the World." The past 3 years she has gone to the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii and Mexico for unforgettable experiences diving on famous shipwrecks, meeting with professional underwater photographers and diving with manta rays, whales, sea turtles and sharks. 


PADI Mermaid Instructor will be our safety to help ensure photoshoots and swims run smoothly!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit?

There is no maximum age!

There are minimum ages as per our PADI courses:

Ages 8 and up for Basic Mermaid

Ages 10 and up for Mermaid

Ages 12 and up for Advanced Mermaid

Ages 18 and up for Mermaid Instructor

There is no minimum age for buddies (non-participants) or Emergency First Response candidates.

Those under 18 will need a parent or guardian to come along as their buddy (or join the fun as a mermaid themselves!).

Can I get more photos/video?

Yes! Please work directly with the photographer or videographer to determine pricing for any extras.

How do I book??

Ready to book? Great! Shoot Tasha an email at to secure your spot today! There is a maximum of 8 participants so hurry to claim your spot before they fill up!

Are there payment plans?

Payments can be made anytime ahead of the following dates:

At time of booking - $500 Deposit to Hold Spot

March 1 - last day to register!! $1000 Payment Due

April 1 - Payment for ATV Tour & Pirate Dinner Add-Ons Due

May 1 - $1000 Payment Due

August 1 - $1000 Payment Due

September 29 - final payment due

You are welcome to pay more frequently to reduce amount of payment at once as long as all minimums are paid by the dates above.

We accept Bank transfer (also called ACH or eCheck), Zelle, wire transfer, or credit card. Credit card will add a 4% processing fee. Bank transfer, wire transfer, and Zelle can be processed electronically with no charge.

Do I need insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended! I recommend Allianz.

Dive insurance is also highly recommended! I recommend DAN.

Do I need a Passport?

Unless you are a Mexican national, you will need a passport.

What should I bring?

  • Passport

  • Travel Insurance

  • Mask & Snorkel

  • Bi-fins

  • Monofin and tail skin / mermaid tail (if not borrowing)

  • Swimsuit

  • Eco-friendly sun protection (boat shirts, loose pants, reef-safe sunscreen)

  • Water-proof makeup or wigs as needed for photoshoots

  • Mermaid top

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat

  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant) & Medications

  • Weather-appropraite clothes and shoes

  • Closed toed shoes (especially if doing ATV Tour)

  • Chargers & adaptors if needed

  • Dive certifications if planning to dive

  • Cash & credit cards for souveniers and/or trip to town

  • Good attitude ready to learn and make friends

Do I need to do anything beforehand?

If you answer "yes" to anything on the medical, or if you are going for Mermaid Instructor, you will need a physician to sign off on the dive medical prior to arrival.

eLearning for all PADI courses will also be sent prior to arrival. It is highly recommend that you complete these before joining us in Mexico as we will be very busy once there and eLearning must be completed to receive your certifications.

What is the Cancellation policy?

Cancellations prior to March 1 will receive a 75% refund of funds paid.

Cancellations between March 1 - September 1 will receive a 50% refund of funds paid.

Cancellations after September 1 will result in loss of funds paid, unless a replacement is found in which case you would lose any processing fees & eLearning costs.

If you have any other questions

please email Tasha at

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