SWF OFFICIAL HANGOUTS

SWF Hangouts are areas designed for underwater citizens to explore and have all sorts of fun. Be you an aquatic creature or an air breather (although we recommend the use of SCUBA gear in this case).  Click each Hangout name to jump to the SLurl map page!  We encourage you to explore the wonderful areas listed below with all of your friends!

Want to create a Hangout of your own?  Scroll down to the bottom of this page!

ANTIQUITY: WATER’S EDGE MERHAVEN
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Antiquity boasts 17 private regions of Explorable water that combines the elegance of the Victorian era with the roughness of the past. Beneath the waves you will find the home of the Antiquity Mers, a group who meet every second Sunday. Start here at the tavern where there are freebie Mer Avatars, and then have a swim around so as not to miss the many pleasant surprises to be discovered like underwater caverns and a Mer racecourse! LGBTQ+ Friendly, “Be Nice” is the watchword.

BELLISSERIA MERPEOPLE HQ
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: A Bellisserian house boat has been transformed to provide a place to gather and relax for Merfolk. The information and freebies provided make this a good stop for those looking to learn more about life under the sea. When you’re done relaxing, just dive into the water to explore the Bellisseria continent.

BERNIE’S BAR & MERMAID GARDEN
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Looking to drown your sorrows? How about a quiet swim through an underwater sculpture garden dedicated to merfolk? Bernie’s got you covered! While Bernie herself might away chasing boats, she invites you to enjoy this shared space.

COHIBA COVE
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Come swim in Paradise with us. All are welcome to dive at our moderate sim, Cohiba Cove, in fantastic surroundings. Explore the caves, See the ruins, Traverse the Reef wall, and frolic with tons of sea life!

CREATIONS PARK: ATLANTIS UNDERWATER CAFE
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Creations Park is a private region that is inviting both above and below the waves with plenty of places to enjoy, take photos, and even shop! The entire region is waiting to be explored by water and dances are held every Tuesday at Noon (12pm SLT) in the Octopus’s Garden.

CUPIDO’S SEA
Rating: Adult
Cupido’s Sea is located in Cupido’s Arrow, a 1920’s era based full sim with 3 levels of adult play and entertainment. There is no role play policy, although many dress to suit the era and Flowers Jazz Club has been raided on occasion for selling contraband.
Cupido’s Sea welcomes all sea loving creatures. Explore its many paths and discover its hidden secrets, Sit poses and dances are available for Mer and human alike, Settle into a chat or a cuddle. Topless is allowed. Nudity accepted when engaged in adult roleplay. No child avatars please. Beware. Legend has it that Cupido’s Sea was once cursed with tales of sea monsters and aliens…

DEEPLIFE @ UNISON
Rating:Adult
DeepLife and Unison welcome ALL.
Go straight forward for Clubs Portals, go into the one labeled DeepLife and you’ll be transported to the DeepLife dance area.
Impressions: DeepLife is an entire region of underwater exploration and relaxation with an overall Egyptian theme running throughout, with Pyramids, temples, tunnels and caves to explore. From Ship’s End at one side to DeepLife the music venue at the other, we have so much to discover. And with Dolphin Cove and one of our land Venues, LiteLife, right above we have created spots for Mer and Land folk to meet.
We at Unison are fully committed to returning the Mer community to the thriving and beautifully diverse community it once was, we hope you will help us in this mission… or just come have a dance with us!
We have a no full nudity restriction in all our worlds, or as we say it ‘Free the nips but cover the bits!’

THE DIVE SHOP
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Come surprise a few diving students in this dynamic underwater environment used to teach RL divers with accurate scuba simulations. This immersive underwater world is also promotes awareness of the importance of preserving our aquatic world through the exploration of its tropical reefs, kelp forests, underwater caves, and more!

ESPRIT MER
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: An open water Mer garden on the mainland just waiting to be explored! Play in kelp forests, sunken ships, or go shopping. Mer dances held every second Saturday between 6pm and 8pm SLT by DJ Cynthia Maine. Magical Breathers provided for those without fins, so bring your friends and relax in the underwater lounge.

GULL’S WING UNDER THE SEA
Rating: Moderate (No nudity, please.)
Impressions: A community of sailing enthusiasts, the Gull’s Wing marina has devoted underwater areas to merfolk spread throughout their 21 private regions for exploring, racing, shopping, dancing, Looking to spend some time out of the water? They also offer parks and recreation on land. Be sure to join their group if you are interested in periodically scheduled gatherings and events with live DJ’s.

The HIGH-LAND’S LIBRARY
(Landing Spot on Beach, Dive into water a few meters for underwater Library)
Rating: Moderate
Come Mers and Humans alike, to chill on the beach, or hangout in the waters with a book in hand.
If you love Libraries and Mers then this is the place to see the two collide.
No Policies on attire; Except If there are Child Mers around please put tops on!  I guess technically that’s an SL policy, so keep it in mind.
Otherwise Come As You Are!

JENNY’S WHARF & MER HANGOUT
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Have you ever been curious about life up there, where the people are? Swim up and hangout where life above and below the water’s edge meet. Consider it a cultural exchange where you might get your most curious questions answered!

KINGFISH HARBOR
Rating: General
Impressions: The KINGFISH HARBOR was a blues club for 5 years in SL. The owner Nez loves the underwater as he scuba dove the Gulf of Mexico for 20 years and brings his love of the sea to his Harbor. Come visit and see the world he created. Dancing, great sits and cuddles on the rocks near the dance floor. Lots to see and investigate as there are many hidden gems in the harbor as well as the land. Nez brings the best of the New Orleans South, Louisiana, Cajun, lifestyle to Second Life.

LITTLE MERMAID ISLAND
Rating: Moderate
Aquatic friendly, LGBTQIA+ friendly, family friendly.  Aquatic policy allows everything including bare breasts but please no other overt genitalia. A.k.a. male avatars please keep all genitals under cover. Role play is permitted but please don’t disturb other avatars. If you get too raucous, you will be asked to leave.
This beautiful tropical atoll island is small but it has many amenities. Underwater, we have a small dance area and coffee on tap. There is a mer dance ball that currently has only dances for single mer folk. On the surface, there is a waterfall cascading into a charming lagoon of blue water. Please also feel free to bring any land walking friends with you. We have a small cottage for meetings or just to hang out. You won’t believe how beautiful this island is.

MERMAID’S DREAMS
Rating: Adult
Impressions: In our fantasy, there is a place where mer folks and humans live harmoniously. This is the mermaid’s dreams, a place to swim, party, meet new people and play board games on the islands. There are also pirates … but they also love the mermaids’ song. May be small but is such a cute place and could be very romantic under the sea.

OFF THE HOOK CLUB
(Beach and Legged SLurls below)
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Come Mers and Humans alike, Swim through mysterious, sunken ruins and ships.
lots of plants an aquatic life swimming. Dance area, Gaming area and Chill areas.
On the island “Off The Hook Club” .
so swim up from the Blake Sea and have a visit!
Note: Mermaids maybe topless underwater unless children are present. Above water Tops must be worn, we have many families that visit the club. thank you.
Mers Chill Area Beach http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ceskoslovensko/218/152/22
Hook Club (Land) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ceskoslovensko/169/171/23

PIED PIPER MERMAIDS
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: A quiet stop for Merfolk on the Mainland that is very friendly to newcomers seeking a few freebies to get started. There is an easy-to-use photo studio, available for capturing that perfect new profile photo, and comfy seating for a chat with friends.

POLESTAR
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Featuring an area for gatherings/a stage, areas to explore, and soon rentals in shells or the cave system under the main floor.
Restrictions: Shells off are accepted underwater, but scales, fabric, leaves or something of a sort is required for bottoms. 😉
Polestar is a dream I have had for years for deep water of my own, and to share that space with others. It is a work in progress, but I feel it is currently finished enough to start sharing.
Meaning: pole·star | \ ˈpōl-ˌstär
1 : north star
2a : a directing principle : guide
b : a center of attraction

WEARDE WEST WATER WORLD
Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Humans may not be on the menu here, but you’re welcome to explore this beautiful underwater habitat. Lots of glass buildings with community inside and out. When you’re done studying the land dwelling specimens, set off and explore the waters of the Satori mainland. You might even find a few SWF friends in residence nearby!

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If you find any information in this notecard that is incorrect, please let
chickypoo (JustaChicky Goldshark) know so that our Webmerstress can make corrections. Thank you! 🙂

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HOW TO SUBMIT A SWF HANGOUT APPLICATION

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Please review the information below to host an official SWF Hangout:

To qualify as a SWF Hangout, you just need to complete 3 simple tasks…

(1) If your landmark doesn’t take visitors directly to the hangout, place a teleport to the hangout at (or near) the landing point.

(2) Place the current SWF kiosk either at (or near) your landing point or in your hangout area.

You can always get the current kiosk at:
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Union%20Passage/163/226/3

(This LM will put you directly in front of the SWF Kiosk at HQ. The SWF Kiosk cycles through different textures. Click on the texture that reads: “Request a 5 prim kiosk” to get your very own copy.)
(3) When you’re all set up, prepare a short notecard saying that your hangout is ready for review. Please include a landmark!
You can also send a short description to put in the official hangout notecard, or list some features of your area that you’d like to bring attention to. Descriptions will be edited for content and length.
Name the notecard SWF Hangout (your name) and send it to Justachicky Goldshark. She will arrange for inspection and verification.
*** Hangouts must be open to everyone regardless of gender, as we are not able to police who will go to your sim. ***

…That’s it! You’re done!

Once your area is approved, voila! Your location will be listed on the SWF Hangout notecard we distribute.

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SWF HANGOUT SUGGESTIONS

Here are a few suggestions on some basic things that Mers tend to enjoy:
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– Mer dancing: Add an area with a way to play music and do Mer dances. Have a dance ball or pose balls with Mer dances. Parcel media stream will do for music.

– Sitting/meeting area: Create a place for Mers to sit and look gorgeous/handsome and just chat. Use pose balls, items with sits, etc., making it possible for small groups to gather and interact.

– Accessibility: Make things easy to find: Teleporters to different parts of your hangout come in very handy if the areas are far apart or hidden from view.

– Exploration: Think of your hangout space as a small club house or an underwater garden. You can put lots of things in there and make it as big as you’d like, but only a cozy, little corner is needed to be a SWF Hangout.

Here are some suggestions for hangouts:

– Mer dancing: Add an area with a way to play music and do Mer dances. Parcel media stream will do for music, and have a dance ball or pose balls with Mer dances.

– Sitting/meeting area: Create a place for Mers to sit and look gorgeous/handsome and just chat. Pose balls or some creative way making it possible for small groups to gather if they want to talk something out or just chat.

– Make things easy to find: Teleporters to different parts of your hangout come in very handy if the areas are far apart or hidden from view.

– Think of your hangout space as a small club house or an underwater garden. You can put lots of things in there and make it as big as you’d like, but only a cozy, little corner is needed to be a SWF Hangout.

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ABOUT SWF AND SWF HANGOUTS
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Safe Waters Foundation is a not for profit group supporting the development of Merfolk and aquatics in Second Life. Our goal is to increase awareness of, and bring together designers, retailers, sims, and other venues aimed at merrow, mermen, mermaids, sirens, aquatics, and lovers of the same.

Becoming a SWF Hangout, will help to increase your traffic and create awareness of your Mer/Aquatic areas. Best of all, it’s free!

All our official hangouts are listed in a notecard which is distributed across Second Life to SWF members and non-members alike via the SWF Kiosk.

Each hangout entry includes a LM, SLURL, and a short description of the venue.

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You can get more information about SWF at our in-world headquarters (see LM below), or on the web at: http://goldmermaid.com/SWF/

We also have a weekly Saturday support group meeting at 10 a.m. SLT, where all your questions can be answered.

SWF HQ:
SL url: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Union%20Passage/164/231/3

SWF Support Group:
SL url: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Union%20Passage/59/241/1

* To become part of SWF use the group joiner at our headquarters, or paste this into chat, click on the link, and hit the join button:
secondlife:///app/group/6c9fcb9e-979b-0937-d31b-7a0c4b8bc6c5/about

Our official group name is: !!! Safe Waters Foundation!!!

(with all those !!! in the name)

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Read about all things mermaid at: http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/
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