Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question for TC Mermaid? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below to see if you can find an answer! Click on a question to expand each answer.

No special equipment is needed: We supply the mermaid tails to use and you bring your swimsuit, goggles, towel, and a smile  

Participants must be 6 or older, able to follow basic instructions, and pass the minimum swim requirements.

The TC Mermaid team is a group of instructors that are independent and do not follow a specific program. We focus first and foremost on water safety/self-rescue, followed by stroke development, and finally open water safety. We use several techniques and past experiences to create a customized lesson based on individual needs.

We strongly recommend standard goggles that only cover the eyes. Any masks that cover the nose prohibit a proper exhalation under the water and may cause your swimmer to struggle later in life with water up the nose. It’s better to learn now than never!  

As for brands, Frogglez work well for younger kids, and Speedo Vanquishers are a favorite of those over 6-ish. 

Here is a video showing how to find a proper fit

If you are thinking about a mermaid party, private mermaid lesson, or traditional swim lessons for you or someone else, you can use any contact method to reach out to the owner, Whitney Miller. 

Parties and lessons are booked based on available pool space, scheduling, and instructor availability. We strive to accommodate everyone!

Phone: 757-287-9630


TC Mermaid is a unique business in that WE can come to YOU! If you have a pool and would like lessons at your own home, we can do that.

During the school year, we now offer six week sessions at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

We also now have our own summer pool (“TCM Pool”) so that you can come to us if you’d like.

All instructors are insured for pool lessons! 

Traverse City is a beautiful place with a lot of open water. If you would prefer your lesson(s) to be open water (i.e. lakes or the bay), individual instructors may be able to accommodate that. However, please be aware that this does NOT fall within the insurance or licensing as set by the state. 

Sometimes yes and sometimes no. There are many variables that go in to each swimmer’s learning. We want to enhance that. Some siblings need to be separated. Some need to be together. Age can be a major role player in this decision as well. We treat every situation as unique and want to know a little more about your children before we decide the best course of action for them. And as always, we are happy to be fluid with those decisions as best as we can be. Your children’s needs come first! 

Siblings swimming together

Some siblings create a true dynamic duo and push each other to improve their skills. Others however, need to be separated. We customize our lessons to your kids’ needs as best as we can.

For siblings aged 5 and younger, we can split the lesson into 15 minutes and 15, 10/20, or whatever works best for their age and developmental ability.

For kids aged 6 or over (roughly), we suggest a full 30 minutes for each swimmer.

Your instructor will be your best tool in determining this. Talk with them and they will work with you to come up with the best plan.

Which Instructor is right for me?

This is hard, because we want to swim with every one of you! Sometimes decisions are based on time, sometimes it’s on expertise, and other times it’s by request.

If you think you’d like to swim with one of TC Mermaid team members, email us and we will help get things set up.


Option 1: Cash or check on the first day of your lesson

Option 2: Venmo or Credit Card (an additional 4% processing fee will be assessed). (Venmo: TCMermaid231) 

How to sign up

Step 1: Fill out one online registration form for each swimmer

Step 2: Email owner Whitney Miller with a requested day and time range that works for your family (Monday-Thursday 3-7 during the school year)

Step 3: I reply to your emails and do my best to get your swimmer(s) in the water on a day/time that works for you!

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