Raina is the founder and head performer of Halifax Mermaids. She holds PADI Freediving and PADI Advanced Mermaid certification, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child and Youth Development and a Bachelor of Education.
Raina founded Halifax Mermaids to merge her passions for the ocean, the arts, and education. The journey of creating and running this company helped her overcome numerous challenges and achieve her wildest dreams.
Raina has many memorable experiences with Halifax Mermaids, including filming for music videos such as "Titanically" by Heather Rankin, acting and consulting in films, swimming with sharks and manatees, founding a local freediving group and pushing her breath hold to 3 minutes, and traveling to countries like Mexico. Her most recent achievement is reaching 100,000+ subscribers on YouTube with her mermaid videos and receiving the Silver Play award.
Raina is also a mother and advocates for creating a supportive environment for mothers to perform. Children of the merfolk have always been welcomed and included. She has published three books about her mermaid experiences, to help others in the field.
Raina's primary goal with Halifax Mermaids is to spread inspiration through performances and outreach efforts. Whether it's appearing in a tank on the Halifax Waterfront, swimming in an aquarium or pool, teaching a child to swim, or making a YouTube video, Raina gives her all in every aspect of the business.
Sean is the co-founder of Halifax Mermaids and is responsible for being the "Merwrangler." He provides support to the merfolk while they are in costume and cannot perform certain tasks. With a background in entrepreneurship and human resources, Sean is also the IT expert at Halifax Mermaids. He is skilled in underwater photography, videography, and video editing.
Aside from his work at Halifax Mermaids, Sean is a certified PADI freediver with a breath hold of 2 minutes. He has facilitated events globally, offered consulting services for other "Merwranglers," and has played a crucial role in keeping the merfolk safe during events and underwater.
As a dedicated supporter, Sean works tirelessly behind the scenes to contribute to the success of Halifax Mermaids and help create a proud legacy. He is also a proud father and a loving cat parent.
Mimi is a mom and a fish of many trades. When she's not a mermaid she's working at her daughter's school, underwater freediving for Good Mooring, helping out at a petstore, walking fashion shows and leading in community theatre. A triple threat, Mimi loves to sing, dance, act... and we can add swimming on there too. Mimi is freediving certified and carries the memory of her grandmother (Mimi) to inspire and entertain kids. More info coming soon.
Nessie is a passionate activist for animals, running her own rescue. She's a licensed Early Childhood Educator with a flare and passion for the arts and drama. She's been with Halifax Mermaids since the early days. Nessie is freediving certified. More info coming soon.
Halifax Mermaids is a FAMILY FRIENDLY company, and not just for the clients. To help achieve a better equality we include our children at specific events. No, we aren't going to bring them to your private party... don't worry! But our kids are behind the scenes at events with caregiver, and occasionally front and center when the client invites them. River Norman can often be seen sporting his tails and bopping along to music. Aria (Mimi and Marc's daughter) is a fin-tastic behind the scenes helper!
You might recognize Kristin from her various TV and film roles, amazing circus acts, or stunning modelling career. A fish of many talents, Kristin is also a licensed teacher. More info coming soon.
A former lifeguard, swim instructor, and current nurse... Mermaid Atlantica has been all smiles on the team for years. More info coming soon.
Tuwala has a degree in Marine Biology and a passion for the environment. A member of the Heiltsuk Nation, Tuwala has consulted with us to continuously improve our business with consideration to First Nations. She is freediving certified. Tuwala is multi-language speaking and a mom-to-be! More info coming soon.
Emma is a talented artist in both textiles and drawing. She is a mom to Bobbie and wife to Merwrangler Johnroy. Emma is bilingual in French, and a former daycare teacher.
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Hailing from land-locked Manitoba, Equinox loved mermaids and art from a young age. This naturally led him to move to Halifax to attend the respected art college, NSCAD. More info coming soon.
Husband to Mermaid Mimi, Marc has been here since the start. When he's not wrangling Mimi or his daughter Aria, Marc enjoys boating and being out on the water. You'll see Marc helping out with the merlings backstage at various events, or wrangling for his lovely wife, Mimi.
Britt is partner to Nessie and helps run their animal rescue. More Info Coming Soon....
Merwrangler Johnroy is Emma's husband, and dad to Bobbie. He is bilingual in French.
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Phil is a former lifeguard and husband to Mermaid Atlantica. More info coming soon.
Mermaid Nova is a passionate crafter, coplayer and is bilingual. When she's not a mermaid she can be found volunteering with Hal-Con and driving an ambulance. Nova holds PADI Mermaid certification. More info coming soon.
Mermaid Krystle is a mom and talented photographer with a passion for helping others. When she's not a mermaid she works as an EMT. More info coming soon.
Merwrangler Colin is husband of Nova and a talented photographer with a passion for cars and all things aircraft! More info coming soon.