Some young kids grow up wanting to be astronauts, fairies, cowboys or any other sort of cool sounding profession. But as time goes on, most grow out of those aspirations. However, one woman wanted to be a mermaid since she was a little girl and she's done everything she can to realise that dream.
Grace Page has done some serious training and gathered proper qualifications to get to where she is today: a real-life mermaid.
While she hasn't had any surgery to make her fins permanent, she has built a business on showing people she is every bit a mermaid. But it's not as easy as slapping on a wetsuit and some flippers and parading around in a pool - it's a very serious job that takes a lot of hard work.
Grace completed an open water free diving qualification in Gozo, a small island off the coast of Malta. That taught her how to manage her heartrate underwater and she can now hold her breath for a whopping three minutes when submerged.
In order to get that good - you have to regularly practice a few breathing techniques. One of those is deep breathing, where you inhale a decent amount of air and then exhale slowly until every last bit of oxygen is out. Repeating this over and over allows your body to take in excess oxygen which will be stored in your body's blood cells.
Other techniques involve holding your breath for as long as possible and trying to extend the time each go, learning to relax all your muscles and regular cardio work to increase your lung capacity.
Ms Page is also setting up a mermaid camp for those wanting to try their hand at being the Little Mermaid or a Zoolander-esque merman.
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