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Mertail Fitness, LLC
Mertail Fitness, LLC

Mertail Fitness, LLC

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Introduction: Due to COVID, please understand that I am responding (each response costs me $$) because t I cannot teach. At this time pools remain closed. When they open, it will be impossible for independent instructors like myself to operate. I am a Red Cross-certified water safety instructor and US Masters Adult-Learn-to-Swim Instructor who loves to give swim lessons to all ages and all skill levels.I am also available to be a pool party mermaid! Check out the website to see me in my mermaid tail! Many of my clients are older adults without formal training or with a frightful childhood memory about water. I work at YOUR level. Read what I learn from my students on my Lesson Diary blog on my website Musings tab. Adult lessons are $30 per half hour or $55 for a full hour at any location near Santa Fe, NM. Add an additional adult for $20. Children lessons are $25 per half hour, $50 per hour. Add $5 per additional child. It's never to late to learn how to swim well. Swimming is the only sport you can do longer and harder as you age. I especially enjoy teaching adults who never learned to swim. We conquer fear of water with the joy of swimming. Weekend swim lesson retreats are available in Santa Fe, NM and Tucson, AZ. If you find me at any public pool I'll be happy to give you some swim tips free of charge. Everyone should swim with easy and comfort!

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Nav K.

Ellen is an amazing swim instructor. When I met her the first time for a lesson, I could barely swim 1 length of the pool. I had a tough time coordinating my arm stokes, breath, and kicking, and would be exhausted after a short time. Ellen breaks down each part of the swimming activity, so I learned the correct way to do each component. She has these great metaphors she uses, such as, “think of a fisherman using his hook to pull your elbow out of the water”, that really helped me learn the correct form. After just one lesson, I was able to swim many laps, and enjoy it so much! Ellen’s lessons have changed my relationship with being in the water, and the joy I get from swimming now is such a gift. Thank you, Ellen! 🙏🏼
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Thanks Nav! I have to attribute that quote to Terry Laughlin, the father of Total Immersion Swimming. My favorite personal quote is to feel like you're stretched out on a sofa watching a great movie when you're reaching your hand forward to feel heavy on your front quadrant.
Feb 22, 2020
Deborah S.

Swimming Lessons

My grandchildren visit me in Santa Fe in the summer. For the past two years, I have arranged for a couple of swim lessons with Mermaid Ellen while they are here. As residents of New York City, these children, ages 7 1/2 and 8 years old, have only occasional access to pools and until their swim lessons were afraid even to put their heads under water. They are visiting again this August 2015 and the first thing they asked for were swim lessons with Ellen. They both love the lessons and have become increasingly more comfortable and confident in the water.
Aug 2, 2015
Camille C.

Swimming Lessons

We really liked Ellen. She was on time, patient and easy to get along with. My daughter worked with her for about a half hour and walked away with new skills she started practicing right away after her lesson. I also like that Ellen has been able to work with us on weekends so far. I will definitely continue to have my daughter take lessons and will consider lessons for my 2 year old son if Ellen is willing. I'm so glad I found her, thank you thumbtack!
Jun 13, 2012
Carol E.

Swimming Lessons

Considering that my last swimming class was about 60 years ago, I wanted to learn to swim again before a trip to Puerto Rico. I am so glad I found Ellen. She is a fabulous teacher, patient & enthusiastic. She encouraged me to take water aerobics for core strength, gave me special snorkeling lessons, & taught me feel relaxed & confident in the water. I got to swim at some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, in water the color of the sky. Thanks, Ellen!
Apr 30, 2015
Vicki W.

Swimming Lessons

I enjoyed my time with Ellen, she was creative and very encouraging. I had taken swim lessons previously but wanted a coach to help refine my technique and help me feel confident as a lap swimmer. After2 hours of coaching she said I was ready to graduate! I am glad I found Ellen, she was just what I needed!
Mertail Fitness, LLC's reply
Vicki is my age (55) and she knew the components of swim technique. She was missing the "flow". After just 2 lessons she is able to swim comfortably, breathing on either side as well as alternating sides She even got the basics of the mermaid-body movement. She's perfectly poised for hours of pleasure in the water. Keep on swimming!
Feb 19, 2013
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  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    If you want to enjoy your swimming more, call Ellen. She's about fun, not competition. You're never too old to learn to swim better.

  • What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

    Why not swim as effortlessly as possible? Swimming is the only sport you can do longer and harder as your grow older. It can be done effortlessly while strongly engaging your core. Most pool swimmers, relying on their childhood swim lessons, splash or thrash along, doing damage to their shoulders. It's common for a golfer of many years to seek out a golf pro every year. Seems to me, swimmers would also benefit from a lesson to increase efficiency and eliminate stress in their swim stroke.

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