A picture taken on October 4, 2016 shows three women dressed up as mermaids posing by a pool at a mermaid training school at Dijnselburg swimming pool in Zeist. / AFP / Sophie MIGNON
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A majestic turquoise-and-gold tail splashes the surface of a public pool.Disney's Princess Ariel first hit the big screen over two decades ago, many girls (and some boys) have dreamed of becoming a mermaid.Now mermaid Crystal, as she is known, is helping turn those fantasies into reality in her swimming classes with a difference in The Netherlands. At the public swimming pool in the central Dutch town of Zeist, the would-be mermaids are learning to swim like Ariel, their legs firmly bound in tight material tails.Crystal usually teaches wearing just her swimsuit, preferring not to be weighed down by her 15-kilo tail.Becoming a mermaid – or even a merman – takes weeks, if not months, of training.The final level is becoming a mermaid, and learning free-diving techniques.
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