Offbeat

By Mike Jones 


A photographer has captured what appears to be stunning images of MERMAIDS in the ocean – but all isn’t as it seems.

PIC BY Alastair Scarlett / CATERS NEWS

In fact, Alastair Scarlett, 39, provides the underwater photography for Freedive UK’s one day mermaid course.

Wannabe mermaids are put through their paces and are taught the relevant techniques needed to become the mythical sea creature – including breath holds, buoyancy and the use of a monofin.

And once all techniques have been practiced, the students are invited to dress up in full mermaid attire ready to dive into the underwater studio for their photoshoots.

PIC BY Alastair Scarlett / CATERS NEWS

After the success of the one day course, the company put together an annual trip to the gin clear waters of Gozo, an island of Malta, where the mermaids are taught more advanced free diving skills and are given the opportunity to dive in stunning underwater locations.

PIC BY Alastair Scarlett / CATERS NEWS

Alastair, from Cornwall, said: “It is a surprisingly tough course and provides an invaluable foundation to taking their mermaiding further.

PIC BY Alastair Scarlett / CATERS NEWS

“As a passionate underwater photographer who aspires to capturing marine life in their natural habitat, it’s a fun alternative to have some control directing the mermaids according to light and backgrounds.

PIC BY Alastair Scarlett / CATERS NEWS

“My favourite images tend to be in the last few days of the course when the mermaids are more confident and are genuinely having fun.

PIC BY Alastair Scarlett / CATERS NEWS

“You have to remember these are not professional models or athletes so to get the shot where they look like they are is fantastic.”