Hangouts

PAGE UPDATED FEB 8 2022

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 (we recommend the use of SCUBA gear in this case), we encourage you to explore the wonderful areas listed below with all of your friends!

Not sure what the Maturity Ratings mean?  Visit the official Second Life 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.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antiquity%20MarieGalante/16/100/6

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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.
Be sure to pickup the complimentary Mermaid Translator, Mermaid Breathing Bubbles and Mermish Translator in the boat house while you are there.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Laroux/94/118/22

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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.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amydria/143/164/1

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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!
Dive Shop: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cohiba%20Cove/113/103/22
Merfolk Rez Area: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cohiba%20Cove/122/41/2 (Webmerstress note: this LM drops you at the same place on the beach as the other one; crawl a short way into the ocean. Checked Feb. 8 2022)

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CREATIONS PARK: ATLANTIS UNDERWATER

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.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Creations%20Park/209/161/1

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CUPIDO’S SEA

Rating: Adult
SLurl (underwater area): http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mountain%20Creek/204/194/31
Cupido's Sea is located in Cupido's Arrow, a 1920's era-based half sim with different 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.
Levels:
1) The Town of Cupido's Arrow: Flowers Jazz Club, The Fallen Cupids Pub and Lounge, D71 Art Gallery, several interactive shops, Private home rentals and more. These are LEGGED areas.  SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mountain%20Creek/224/46/1991
2) Cupido's Sea: calm friendly waters,  sea life and more ...see below
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

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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!
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ukupanipo/232/223/18

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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.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Newfangled/29/192/4

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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.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gulls%20Wing%20Marina/189/145/13

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THE HIGH-LANDS LIBRARY

Rating: Moderate
Impressions:  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!
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Neverov/2/6/15 (Landing Spot on Beach, Dive into water a few meters for underwater Library.)

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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!
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pinastri/130/233/14

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KINGFISH HARBOR

Rating: General
Impressions: The Kingfish Harbor has been a blues club for 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!
SLurl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Loomino/178/4/13

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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.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rotuma/182/142/2

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Polestar

Rating: Moderate
Impressions: Featuring an area for gatherings with 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 it is currently finished enough to start sharing I feel.
I chose the name from its definitions: the North Star, a directing principle or guide, a center of attraction.
SLurl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Polestar/81/232/45

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WEARDE WEST WATER WORLD

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!
SLurl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fendahl/91/109/9

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If you find any information in this notecard that is incorrect, please let
chickypoo (JustaChicky Goldshark) know so that she can make corrections in the inworld list and pass them to the WebMerstress.  Thank you! :)

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HOW TO SUBMIT A SWF HANGOUTS 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 4 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 get the current kiosk at:
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Union%20Passage/201/216/1
(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.

(4)  Name the notecard SWF Hangout (your name) and send it to Justachicky Goldshark. She will arrange for inspection and verification.

That’s it! You’re done!  Once your area is approved, Voila!  Your location will be listed on the SWF Hangout notecard we distribute, and be listed on this page!

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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.

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 Landmark SLurl, Maturity Rating, 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).

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

SWF Headquarters:
SLurl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Union%20Passage/164/231/3

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!!!

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Read about all things mermaid (SL and  RL) at: http://goldmermaid.com/SWF/
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Safe Waters Foundation
Mers Helping Mers Be Mer

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