Professional Mermaid, Mermaid of Hilton Head, Children's Book Author and Conservationist are just some of the titles you can give to Mermaid Nina. Nina became the Mermaid of Hilton Head after the success of her children's book Sammy the Sand Dollar & the Mermaid of Hilton Head book series. All of which you can purchase in her online store. The Mermaid of Hilton Head is a breath-trained free diver with a performance background and is a NAUI certified SCUBA diver.
You can now find her swimming around the waters of Hilton Head Island if you go out on the Find the Mermaid Boat Tour. The faces of the kids when they see a real mermaid swim up to the boat and talk to them is just amazing. They are truly in awe. It is quickly becoming one of the best things to do in Hilton Head. It is dolphin watching with a mermaid twist and a magical atmosphere to boot. When she swims up she will answer all the mermaid questions that you could ever come up with. She will also teach about how to conserve and help her ocean friends. Who would not want to see a mermaid swimming in the wild? Also, there is no better way to learn about ocean conservation than from a mermaid herself!
Below is a video of Professional Mermaid Nina on the Find the Mermaid Boat Tour:
After you take to the waters of Hilton Head what better way than to spend the golden hour being turned into a mermaid yourself. With a Mermaid Photoshoot you can answer the long last questions of how to become a mermaid. You go through a mermaid makeover and tail fitting where you get suited up in a tail and get your mermaid hair just the way it needs to be for the up coming photoshoot. You will get to take home your very own starfish hair clip as well as photos that will last a life time and hold so many memories of your mermaid-filled Hilton Head vacation.
Although watching a real mermaid swim and becoming a mermaid yourself are fun, the main focus of The Mermaid of Hilton Head is to raise awareness of environmental issues as well as teach about the small changes you can make in your every day life that can help you conserve too. As a matter of fact 10% of all the proceeds are donated to the Sea Turtle Care Center in Charleston, SC where all of Hilton Head's stranded sea turtles go for treatment.
Each one of Mermaid Nina's books has a take away message about conservation as well. Whether it is why not to take live sand dollars or a reminder to not feed the dolphins you will learn through her writing and illustrations how to treat the island, and the ocean in general, the right way.
So what is it like to be a professional mermaid? In Mermaid Nina's own words "Being a mermaid is not about sitting around looking pretty and getting your picture taken. I'm not Santa Claus, being a mermaid is making human beings aware of marine life and countering any threats to it by teaching people how to conserve it. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how many Facebook 'likes' or Twitter 'retweets' we get. What matters most is what we did that day to make the world a better place."
This professional mermaid sponsors and participates in monthly beach clean ups here in Hilton Head to try and get people involved in making a difference. Every time we do a beach clean up we always find so much trash. The hope is that one day we do this and find nothing at all. We always enjoy the people that show up and every person we reach may be the next person to make a big change. Many people think that if they make a small change, it isn't going to make a difference. This is not true. The average person throws away 185 pounds of plastic every year. If one person reduces their plastic use, that could make a very big difference for our environmental as a whole.
The most important part about what this professional mermaid does is educate. Without education, the things that need to change never will and if we keep destroying the earth at the current rate, our future is looking very dim. We need for people to be willing to step up, acknowledge there is an issue at hand, and make changes (even the smallest of changes) to help deal with these issues. If everyone in America would say "no" to plastic straws for just 1 week, that would be 500 million less straws that end up in our waste. However plastic doesn't ever go away. It breaks down over a very long period of time and turns into micro plastic which is more difficult to clean up and easier to end up in the bellies of the mermaid's ocean friends. When you throw plastic "away" there is a high percent chance that the plastic will end up in the ocean. There is no "away" for plastic. It will always be around. Reducing plastic use is more important than anyone could even imagine and it is one of the easiest changes to make.
The Mermaid of Hilton Head makes it a point to educate her human friends about many environmental issues not only about plastic consumption.
"That is not a part of being a professional mermaid. That is the sole reason why I became a professional mermaid. Being a professional mermaid is about so much more than sitting out in a tail for people to take pictures of me with their kids. It is not about that at all. My message is why I do this. I am passionate about ocean conservation and I am even more passionate about educating people about it and that is why I do what I do."
You can join the Mermaid of Hilton Head's exclusive membership program The Pod for great membership benefits, a mermaid t-shirt and discounts off services as well as several local business discounts. Some of the businesses where this discount applies is Captain Woody's, Island Winery, Hilton Head Ice Cream, Ship's Store, Palmetto Dunes General Store, Hilton Head Distillery, Nick's Steak and Seafood, Groomingdales, Mia's Harbour, Caretta Coffee Co., Island Child and more. Not to mention with each membership we give $6.00 to the Sea Turtle Care Center to help take care of our injured sea turtles. If you're going to be on the island for a few days and want to make a difference, this membership program will pay for itself.