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Hi! My name is Ina.

"Ina" - to illuminate

Mermaid Ina, known as Karen Tickner, is a real life mermaid, and has unknowingly has been her entire life. Karen has found herself in the water since she was a baby. Learning to swim at 11 months old, she has had a lifetime of snorkeling, fishing, and playing off of the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. At age 8, Karen told her mother that she wanted to be a mermaid when she grew up, and was then registered for synchronized swimming lessons. Karen competed as a synchro swimmer through high school, and, once she graduated, she established another athletic career as a competitive paddler (racing kayaks, outrigger canoes, and stand up paddleboards). Professionally, Karen graduated college with a degree in Wellness Leadership from the University of South Florida in 2001, and created her own successful fitness business providing Pilates, Yoga, and Fitness instruction, as well as Wellness Coaching. Eventually, Karen became a passionate freediver, and became a certified Freediving Instructor in 2016.

However, it wasn't until Karen's life came crashing to a hault that she discovered that she had been living unknowingly as a mermaid her entire life. After a long journey of discovery and re-establishing her identity, she realized that she was real life mermaid. With help and inspiration from Heather "Mermaid Vyana" Reynolds from Kona Mermaid School, Karen created Mermaid Ina and Ina's Mermaid School to help other fellow mermaids find their path. She hopes to share her passion for sharing and living in the now, as your true self, can help others do the same.

Karen's Credentials Include:

SSI Certified Freediving Instructor

SSI Certified Mermaid Instructor Trainer

Red Cross Certified Lifeguard

Certified Yoga & Pilates Instructor

Certified Wellness Coach

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About Ina's Mermaid School

Located in sunny Florida, Ina's Mermaid School offers a variety of mermaid focused services, from classes, to workshops, to appearances, to destination retreats. With a focus on empowerment and self exploration, Ina's Mermaid School's mission to to help our mermaids find their passionate, true selves through imagination, play, and freedom.

Are you interested in becoming one of our mermaids? Please email your cover letter and resume to