Who Are The Southern Nevada Desert Mermaids

We are Nevada's only nationally ranked synchronized swim team! The Mermaids were founded in 1999 by Linda Tannenbaum who has achieved many prestigous awards. Linda was a World Champion, Pan American Champion, and has also served on the U.S. Olympic Committee just to name a few of her accomplishments. 

The coaching staff for the Mermaids include National and World Champions. Many of them have performed in top headline shows on the Las Vegas strip including "O" by Cirque Du Soleil, Le Reve by Franco Dragon and Steve Wynn, and Splash by Jeff Kutash which was performed at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.

The Mermaids continue to provide competitive swim teams that have to qualify for the E-Synchro National Age Group Competitions. Only the top 3 teams from each regional can qualify to participate. In addition to sending members of our team to this National Competition, we have girls that have qualified for the National Teams in their age brackets and competed in the Pan American Games around the world. Some of our swimmers have also moved on to swim collegiately at colleges such as Ohio State and Stanford University.

We have girls from ages 7 to 18 who swim at all levels. We are a year round synchronized swimming program, and swim mainly in Summerlin at the Pavilion Center pool, a heated, indoor, 25x50 meter pool.  We are a non-profit organization, and are administered by a board of directors made up of parents and coaches.

Synchronized swimming is a very demanding sport, and requires girls to develop many skills and abilities, including concentration, discipline, agility, grace, coordination, strength and athletic ability. We have beginners who don't compete, but do participate in a few shows each year, as well as age group competitive teams who travel mainly to Arizona to compete a few times a year.  We promote teamwork and physical fitness.

We put on a Water Show each spring for the local community and friends and family to see what synchronized swimming is all about!


Our Mission

SNDM strives to provide a safe and secure environment in which individual athletes can aim to reach their personal best. To promote team work and team spirit, while instilling life-long skills of discipline, commitment, pride, respect, self-esteem and positive self image.

Our Goals

  • Create a positive learning environment that promotes individual and team improvement to achieve success in each swimmer's and team's division.
  • Provide each athlete an opportunity to improve their swimming and synchronized swimming skills to the highest level of their natural ability.
  • Help athletes through sport to develop a healthy lifestyle and enjoy team camaraderie.
  • Support each athlete's academic achievement through performance.


Our Commitment

We are committed to ensure our purpose and values always remain at the forefront of everything we do.  Our aim is to further strengthen the Nevada Desert Mermaids enduring status in the synchronized swimming community while contributing to the well-being of our member families, coaches, athletes, and the communities in which we live and swim.

  • We will provide an environment that enables our athletes to achieve their fullest potential.

  • We will lead by example to promote and develop important life values for our athletes.

  • We will extablish a positive and enjoyable learning experience for our athletes.

  • We will encourage a positive and professional atmosphere harmonizing the efforts, dedication and commitment of our athletes, coaches, volunteers and family members in a unified and constant pursuit of excellence.


Our Values

Integrity:  We consistently act with respect to do what is honest, fair and trustworthy.

Innovation:  We approach all that we do with creativity, enthusiasm and determination.

Responsibility:  We are accountable to each other for the results of our decisions and actions.