By Courtney Ortega
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) 27 year old Moira Dobbs has found a way to parlay her childhood passion for mermaids into a full-time, grown-up job. Today, she makes her living as the director of mermaid classes at Adventure Scuba and Snorkeling Center in Plano,Texas.
For professional mermaid Moira Dobbs, her lifelong fascination with mermaids began the way it did for many millennials her age, with the release of Disney’s 1989 animated version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Mermaid.”
“It gave a lot of voice and imagination to a lot of men and women that were little during that time. So I literally grew up being a mermaid enthusiast,” the Allen resident says.
As a child, Dobbs would drape washcloths and towels over her legs during bath time to give the allusion that she had fins. In another attempt to appear more mermaidlike, she once pulled all the seashells from her mother’s decorations and stuck them in her hair.
But while other millennials inevitably traded in their make-believe fins for 9-to-5 desk jobs, Dobbs, 27, found a way to parlay her childhood passion into a full-time, grown-up job. Today, she makes her living as the director of mermaid classes at Adventure Scuba and Snorkeling Center in Plano.
If this is the first time you’ve ever heard the term “mermaid classes,” you are not alone. Adventure Scuba owner Richard Dean says he believes his business is only one of a few in the Metroplex offering North Texans this kind of aquatic experience. In fact, it was only just a year ago that Adventure Scuba launched its own mermaid program.
It all began when Dobbs was undergoing dive training at Adventure Scuba. Already moonlighting as a professional mermaid at birthday parties, she approached Dean and manager Brady Hale with the idea to offer customers a way to indulge their inner mermaid in a fun, safe environment.