Mermaid tails scrutinised

Monday January 25, 2016 Written by Published in Local
While it seems there are no concerns about the use of this mermaid tail by one of Captain Tama’s employees, the Water Safety Council is looking into their safety for children on the island. 16012264 While it seems there are no concerns about the use of this mermaid tail by one of Captain Tama’s employees, the Water Safety Council is looking into their safety for children on the island. 16012264

The Cook Islands Water Safety Council is looking into whether mermaid tails should be banned here, after a number of safety concerns in New Zealand.

 

Water Safety Council President Brent Fisher said he was unaware of any complaints here, but would be looking into the issue after discovering they had been banned in some areas of New Zealand.

Mermaid tails, a swimming toy for children which makes them look like the mythical creature, have been banned from Auckland Council leisure centres and pools because of safety concerns.

Mermaid tails are an aquatic device that mimics the body of the mythical creature.

The user slips into the fin as if putting on pants. Their legs are bound together within the tail device.

The fins have become increasingly popular around the world with adults and children, and CI News understands they have been used in a number of local resort pools.

The tails – available in different colours and designs – give the illusion of a mermaid swimming in the water with a swimmer’s legs bound inside.

But widely shared YouTube videos  from last year show how much of a danger they can be to children.

Many people in New Zealand have supported the new ban, dubbing the mermaid fins dangerous. 

2 comments

  • Comment Link Rachel Monday, 25 January 2016 22:27 posted by Rachel

    I think it's uneccessary to ban mermaid tails to the general public. Keep in mind that the children of Rarotonga are surrounded by water and are relatively confident swimmers. If there's anywhere in this world to swim like the fairytale-like creature, it's Rarotonga. It's up to the parent to decide whether it's a good idea to give a child such a restrictive swimming device.

    That's my two cents.
    Kia Orana e Kia Manuia

    Rache

  • Comment Link marah. 14@live.com Monday, 25 January 2016 21:14 posted by marah. 14@live.com

    I love and believe in Mermaids, I own 2 of them tails, These tails only suited for the strong swimmers and they should not be sold to children.

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