Mermaid class causes a splash

Central Point, Ore.–  An underwater trend is making a splash right here in Southern Oregon.  Mermaiding, the art of swimming with a realistic looking tail, is now being offered at a local pool and the instructor says classes are going swimmingly.

“Every year for Christmas I was going, ‘I want to be a mermaid!'”

Sam Newtown grew up with a love for the water.

“There is a feeling of freedom from being in the water,” she says.

A career swimmer herself, she’s been teaching kids how to perfect their strokes at Rogue Aquatics in Central Point for almost a decade now.  Now a new trend is splashing into kid’s imaginations. Mermaiding.

“I knew the kids would love it, but partially just because I wanted my own tail,” Sam says.

While sitting on the pool’s edge, she slips on a realistic green, scaly mermaid tail called a skin.  Then a simple attachment of a mono-fin to her feet and the skin stretches over it, producing a real life, functional mermaid’s tail.

When she first approached her boss, Rogue Aquatics owner Cathy Zuk,  it took some convincing.

“She wanted to do this for like year I have to tell you,” Zuk says.

After thorough research, impressive sales of mermaid tales in the front shop, and an overwhelming amount of  interest from students.  Sam’s Discover Mermaiding classes have been a big success that looks to have a long future in Southern Oregon.

“Every little girl wants to be a mermaid,” Zuk says.

NBC5 News at Sunrise anchor Taelor Rian was born near Los Angeles, California but spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with a Journalism degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she was an anchor and reporter for JUCEtv, an international faith based entertainment network. There she had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Morgan Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Rosario Dawson and Emma Watson. Before that she was a reporter for KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX. Taelor also interned at KABC and Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

Taelor loves cooking up new recipes, rooting for her favorite NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers, and trying out Do It Yourself crafting projects.

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