About Two Oceans Mermaid Tails

Being a redhead born in the 90’s, I grew up glued to the TV screen with The Little Mermaid on repeat. We were fortunate enough to have a pool at home, so every summer I would spend as much of my day in the pool as I could! My mum made me a walking mermaid tail after much begging, except I was not to swim in it. Oh boy, the temptation was real! I instead swam in clothes, and tried to be as mermaidy as possible at every chance.

Fast forward about 20-something years later, and what’s changed? Not a lot! Society slowly started to embrace the magic of mythical creatures and suddenly there were mermaids and unicorns and fairies everywhere. Had the 90’s returned? I think so! I stumbled across swimmable mermaid tails through Facebook, and my heart skipped a beat or ten. Knowing I could buy a tail and a fin and actually be a mermaid honestly blew my mind! I worked hard and saved up, and bought my first tail. That first swim was an absolute dream, and it hasn’t lost it’s magic a whole 4 years later.

Right, enough rambling about my dreaming. How and why mermaids? Well, as a multimedia designer with print experience, and a mother who sews, I started to connect the dots. I found a printing company who who print on the fabric I wanted. I designed 4 tails, sent them to print, and waited. A few short weeks later, they arrived – along with some heavy breathing, a racing heart and some tears. It was possible! After my mum braved this new sewing process – I finally got to swim in one of my own tails, and it was incredible. More so than my first tail, because I’d made this. Oh boy!

Fast forward almost 2 years later, and I’d decided to do the thing – sell tails and make dreams come true. As a kid who dreamed of being a mermaid, this is still lives with me in my late twenties. Swimming in a tail gives me a happiness I cannot find anywhere else. I leave my worries behind and just swim, and I want to be able to share that feeling with others too.

Two Oceans Mermaid Tails is about making a fantasy fairy tale dream come true, for those who want something crazy and different but magical at the same time. For those who feel relaxed and comforted by water. For those who love the feeling of leaving the real world behind. This is me, and this is for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

All our tails and Pro Monofins are made to order – please note we do not carry stock.  Everything is made by hand (and by humans!) so we ensure that your order is made to a high standard. This process cannot be rushed and we unfortunately cannot place a rush on your order for an event / party / birthday.

Tails take 4 – 5 working weeks for production.

Pro Monofins take 2 – 3 working weeks for production.

Please add 2 – 3 working days for courier time once your order has shipped.

Our mermaid tails are made from premium polyspandex fabric, making them stretchy, easy to wear and comfortable. Our colours are rich thanks to the process of sublimation.

Our adult tails use the Pro Monofin. An alternative monofin is the FinFun monofin. Our kids tails use the Kids Monofin. An alternative monofin is the Mermaid Fin from Finis. We do not recommend other shape monofins as they may cause damage to the tail or may not fit the tail skin correctly.

To ensure that your tail is looked after and not damaged after the warranty period, please keep the following in mind when swimming with your mermaid tail.

  1. Swimming pool surfaces vary in texture, and some are more rough than others. Keep your fins off the floor of rough pool surfaces, as well as the paving surrounding the pool to avoid tears.
  2. Use a pool noodle or floating device to help keep your tail from scraping on the floor.
  3. Avoid hopping, jumping or dragging your tail on the floor of the floor or surrounding paving. Use a towel near the pool to put on your tail nearby.
  4. Wearing your tail for photoshoots means surfaces are more likely to be rough. Ensure something is placed under the tail while sitting on it for photos.

We ship nationwide to South Africa. Gauteng addresses are charged R120, and the rest of South Africa is R170. Once your order is ready, we will ship on the next business day, and the courier takes 2 – 3 business days to deliver. You can also collect your order from our premises in Northcliff, Johannesburg. Currently we only ship to South Africa, while we find a cost-effective international shipping option.

Should you not be happy with the product and would like to request a return – please contact us for a full refund. Ensure that the products may not have been worn and not have touched water. In the event that the product has been worn, washed or altered before returns, it will not be suitable for a refund.

Once your returned item has been delivered to us, we will check the product and confirm your refund.

Returns for products that have any manufacturing defect (sewing, printing or breakage) will be replaced or repaired. Wear and tear or negligence is not covered by this warranty and is up to you to care for your new mermaid tail. Any damage done to the tail when worn is not covered by our warranty, and will not be accepted for returns.

Warranty refunds are for products only and do not include shipping costs. Shipping to our offices for returns must be covered by the customer.

Due to safety reasons, we do not allow returns on our face masks.

Unfortunately we do not do size exchanges as our tails are made to order, and we don’t carry stock of other sizes. Please measure and double check your measurements before placing your order.

We use Payfast as our chosen gateway, allowing for secure payments online. You can pay with your credit card, debit card, use their InstantEFT option, or even pay via Zapper.

We recommend that children are at least 6 years old and a strong swimmer (particularly in dolphin kick) to swim in a mermaid tails and/or monofin. However, no matter the age or skill, children must be supervised by an adult while using a mermaid tail.

Our tails are priced as such for a few reasons.

Quality
Our tails are printed at an experienced printing company – their quality far exceeds any cheap printer out there. We do not use overseas companies to print in bulk and import the fabric. Instead, we choose to support local businesses who work hard at their craft. The premium spandex is not thin, cheap fabric either. Each item is made with love – and hand made is not cheap, but helps support those who work hard to make them!

 

Design
We believe in creating unique designs and not fall into a category known as ‘knock off’ tails. Our tails are designed locally, and not use some premade scale pattern that can be bought online. From the scale detail to the detail in the fluke, each tail has been made so it looks unique from other tail designers. The time it takes to design each tail is worth spending a little more on. Knock-off tails are usually made overseas with stolen artwork from other tail makers that are badly printed onto cheap fabric. These aren’t safe for swimming, and also support art theft and are disrespectful to those artists who work hard to make their own designs. Support the original artists and not those who sell unsafe knock-offs in bulk.

 

Made in South Africa
We have not opted for a cheap import from overseas where items are made in bulk. Our tails and monofins are made locally, with the exception of the Kids Monofin which is a temporary solution while our monofins are being made. We prefer to keep it local, and support others while doing so.

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We welcome all mermaids and those who wish to get into mermaiding, and meet likeminded merfolk, get finspiration, check out mer-related news, crafts and tails. All tail make owners are welcome from all brands and types.