Upset Mom Demands Change After Daughter’s ‘Mermaid Tail’ Is Banned From Public Pool

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Nowadays, kids want all kinds of expensive toys that are in high demand. One of these is a very popular “mermaid tail” that kids can put on while swimming in a pool.

The mermaid tail is more than just a toy designed to make children feel like they live under the sea, though: it’s actually a helpful swimming aid that can teach them how to kick properly when in the water.

Kolbe Bartholomew bought one for her 8-year-old daughter for her birthday just before Christmas. They used it for the first time at a public pool and had a blast!

After the holiday, they went back to the same pool. However, as soon as her daughter started putting on the mermaid tail, an employee told them that the swimwear was now banned.

Kolbe told KSTU Salt Lake City: “Within just a few minutes of putting it on, they told us they had made a rule where we couldn’t use the mono fin at the pool anymore.”

Upset, Kolbe wonders why the rules changed so suddenly. County officials confirmed the ban, stating that the mermaid tails are not Coast Guard-approved swim devices.

Kolbe and a few other concerned parents are hoping to change this, even if the kids have to wear safety vests in the pool. But in the meantime, if the kids want to use their mermaid tails, they will have to use a private swimming pool or a lake.

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Footage and photos provided by KSTU Salt Lake City

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