About Hali and her Mermaid Tales
Updated: Feb 28
I must be a mermaid, I have no fear of depth and a great fear of shallow living.
- Anais Nin
About the author:
Hali is 27 years old diving instructor living on a little island in Thailand, where she shares her passion for the underwater world with her students. Teaching diving truly is her calling. She was only three years old when she decided to become a mermaid and the rest is history! She is an adventurer by heart, is always looking for new experiences, and hopes to become an underwater photographer in the future and capture her own perfect underwater moments. The best way to make her happy would be to fulfil her lifelong dream of diving with humpback whales. If she had to choose one thing about the ocean she loves and another she hates, the love would be sharks and the hate would be sand, especially in all the wrong places!
Having fallen in love with Aurora Wetsuits Ocean Spirit Collection, Hali soon got her mermaid diving leggings. From teaching scuba diving to her personal time on the beach with two lovely puppies Olive and Hazel, she has been spreading the word and colour of the beautiful designs we have to offer.
We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again, until the day we don't come back leaving only that which was touched along the way.
- Frosty Henson; Chasing Mavericks
I have long held the belief that I was born into a world where I didn’t quite belong. That I belonged somewhere that was physically impossible for me to be in. For years I dreamt about what was below the deep blue surface of the ocean that I could only see from above. It was like a magnet that kept pulling me closer and closer and yet diving into its depths for longer than a couple of seconds or at a push, minutes was impossible. I would wish on every shell that I found along the sandy shore that I could become a mermaid. I made every bargain I could think of with any ocean god I thought might exist to make me able to breathe underwater so that I might find the world where I belonged.
And after years of dreaming, I finally figured out a way to do just that…well, as close to that as possible. I packed my bags, I said goodbye to my family, my friends, the comfortable life I had come to know so well, and I literally dived into the unknown. I moved to a tropical paradise and begun spending roughly half my day either underwater or waiting to go into the ocean again. Mornings, afternoons and even nights. After a while, I turned that into a career. I became a diving instructor with the hope that I might be able to help people like me find the world that they truly wanted to be a part of.
These are my stories, things I've learned along the way and advice for those wanting to do the same thing.