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Should Mermaid Tails Be Banned From Swimming Pools?

Every little girl dreams of how it'd be to live a day as a mermaid. Their wavy ocean hair and sparkling fins are equal parts luxurious and ethereal. They can breathe underwater, they make friends with fish, and - let's be honest - they're way cooler than just being some storybook princess. With this in mind, it makes sense why FinFun is so popular.
FinFun is a UK-based company that specializes in creating swimmable mermaid tails suitable for the 'landlubber' with dreams of grandeur. For about $40 - 60 USD, you can buy a child- or adult-sized a shimmery 'monofin' made out of a lightweight polyester-spandex blend.

Since 2010, the company has been selling a steady stock of these tails. However, it wasn't long before some parents and local governments were pushing back.

Above, you can see a PSA created by an outraged parents' group with an alarming video of a time one girl almost drowned in her family pool by wearing the monofin design.
In addition, several major cities in Canada banned the tails from their local pools, citing that the tails are most popular with small children, commonly "weak swimmers" who cannot swim well with their legs bound together in such a fashion.
The City of Edmonton's Rob Campbell, supervisor of aquatic strategies, added that swimming with a monofin "promotes breath-holding which can result in blackouts.”
The official FinFun website responded by creating a 'safety' section of their website, complete with a swimming 'test' you should do with your child prior to purchasing a FinFun mermaid tail for them. The company adds that monofins ARE safe for use, claiming:

"Our tails and monofins meet the Child Protection Safety Commission requirements (CPSC) for the United States and Australia and over a period of four years and over 500,000 FinFun mermaid tails sold we have had zero reported incidents involving our tails."

Is banning mermaid tails from city pools a move that's too cautious? Or is using one as dangerous as it seems? Would you buy one for your child?

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.... that was a lame PSA. She was there watching her child and yes, realized her daughter had no idea what she was doing. THAT isn't the fault of the product but the failing to comprehend that swimming with your legs tied together is different from using all your limbs.... *sigh*
mermaid tails should not be banned. everyone who wants to be a mermaid should practice before swimming with the tail and always have someone around to help you.
at a public pool it would be better if the tails are used carefully. not fully banned. at home, the parents should have an eye on their children at all times. it says on the above ground pools that parent supervision is recommended. the tails should be used with caution, like any other pool toy.
I'm with @AnnaTupa It is the adults choice to purchase and allow their children to use it.
Oh my gosh, I had 3 of these when I was 11 - 14!!! I even watched a YouTube video and made my own one summer lol They were SO much fun! But the issue with banning.. I knew how to swim by the age of 6, and first got the actual plastic flipper first and practiced with it before purchasing the skin for it. I have never been asked to leave a pool, or not to use it. I do see the issue with younger kids using these tails, but really I think the parents need to make the decision if their child is at the level of using one of these, assuming they're responsible parents. But yes, I do recommend practicing with the mono fin first, it does take a while to learn the movements, and the technic of "swimming like a mermaid", but a great toy for anyone who's ever wanted to know the feeling of being a mermaid! Would definitely recommend to any swimmer, no matter the age!
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