SWF HANGOUTS

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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!

AS OF 28 MAY 2022, THERE ARE 30 HANGOUTS!

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AKANGA ISLAND : LIBERI ISLES


Rating: Adult
Restrictions: Adult sim only, must be age verified to enter and play. No strict rules on avatar styles. Mermaids are all unique we only ask you follow the LL rules to keep us open 🙂 All races are welcomed and there is no application form.
Description: Akanga Island: Liberi Isles offers immersive RP with diversity where the multi-verse collides with this 18th century based sim. Landwalkers can sail ships, start factions, live in desert landscapes or be part of the dense jungle and its mysteries. Akanga Island: Liberi Isles offers one of the largest and most detailed underwater RP communities available in SL You can create your own character and write your own story or become part of the Lore!
A Lore Snipit : Campfire story …. “10 years have passed since the return of the fishfolk to Akanga, 5 years to the day since the end of the conflict the Liberi call “The Black Salt”, a bloody battle between the Elder sea dragon Llevynwise and then Dayuk Chief Fossa. Word spread that there was ‘magic’ amongst the island when strange objects, strange creatures and missing timelines started to be noticed amongst the fishfolk …”
Extras: Akanga Island: Liberi Isles is also perfect for photography and players or visitors are allowed to take photos! Send copies to Renita Yardley (Jacquotte Anne de Graaf) and she may post them on the website or Flickr 🙂
Website: https://akangaliberiisles.wixsite.com/akangaliberiisles
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/people/195576963@N06/
SLEnquirer Feature: http://www.slenquirer.com/2022/05/akanga-island-liberi-isles-for-finest.html
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liberi%20Isles/131/226/2

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ANTIQUITY: WATER’S EDGE MERHAVEN

Rating: Moderate
Description: 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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ASTRIUM – MEDIEVAL FANTASY ROLEPLAY

Rating: Moderate
Description: Take a deep breath and take the plunge into this beautiful medieval fantasy roleplay sim. In this elven world meets fae wyldes, there’s a place for everyone! (Yes, even you seawees!) Come explore the gorgeous underdark themed mer area, frolic by the river, or wear a magic bubble included in the group gifts to explore the surface! Come join the fun!

SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Astrium/139/101/3014

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BELLISSERIA MERPEOPLE HQ

Rating: Moderate
Description: 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
Description: 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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CALAS GALADHON’S LOST GARDENS OF THERA

Rating : Moderate
Restrictions: Tops required
Description: Beneath the waters of Calas Galadhon’s beautiful NEW SANTOINI build lies the vast underwater paradise, LOST GARDENS OF THERA.
Inspired by the beauty of what lies beneath our oceans mixed with a bit of the magic, myth and the fun that CALAS is known for, you’ll find the perfect place to relax, dive, swim, gather with friends and lose yourself in it’s serene waters.
The gardens include The Temple of Thera, one of Calas Galadhon’s live music venues complete with mer and traditional couples dances.
Be sure to explore NEW SANTORINI & take the CALAS Undersea Tour!
SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/164/65/14

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CALYPSO BAY

Rating: Moderate
Restrictions: NONE
Note: Set to Shared Environment for best experience!
Description: Calypso Bay is a Dive Resort in an Italian seaside village complete with Dive Shop, quaint al fresco cafes, fishing boats, gelato stands and even a church on a hilltop.
Dive into the sea just a few steps from the landing area, you’ll find yourself in a gorgeously landscaped underwater haven that is 100m in depth. Explore Calypso’s Ancient Ruins, a laboratory and various submerged wrecks. Get blissfully lost in its many caves and mazes and best of all, you’ll never do the same swim twice and will always discover new spots with every visit.
The village also has many homes on land and underwater merfolk homes for rent should you wish to live in Calypso Bay.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beach%20Paradise/149/111/102

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CHICKY & VLAD’S MER PARADISE

Rating : Adult
Note: Tops optional
Description: Home to one of Safe Waters Foundation’s officers, Chickaboo and her partner Vlad. They have graciously shared their gorgeously appointed and vast underwater reef with the merfolk community. You are invited to explore the many caves and tunnels in this mer paradise, take a ride on the beautiful carousel or just sit, laugh and chat in the many hangout areas that you will discover.
You’ll also find a scenic dance floor at the top of a grotto and for those who fancy some gaming, will find TPs located on the seafloor to send you to the secret casino ;). And don’t forget the cosy cuddle corners too! There are 2 underwater video screens available for all to use, making this paradise even more a perfect place to spend your time.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea%20Warrior/181/136/3

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CIARA’S MER COVE

Rating : Moderate
Notes: Friendly to all
Description: A small private dance floor and visiting area for merfolk. RP, or just hang out:) Ciara’s Mer Cove is part of the Rosehaven Residential RP area, with many many rivers to swim in, and colorful citizens to meet, just swim right up the river. All merfolk and Landwalkers are welcome. Mer dances are on the roof of the house.

SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Absinthe/235/67/2

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COHIBA COVE

Rating: Moderate
Description:  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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CREAMY’S MER RETREAT

Rating: Moderate (no child avi’s)
Description: Creamy’s Mer Retreat is a peaceful destination settled in away from the madding crowds. You’re invited to a place to dream and get lost in yourself. Let the cool white sandy paths be your guide to paradise and peaceful serenity.
Sway and twirl at the dance floor, enjoy a drink from the bar, explore the reef to find cuddle corners and discover the many mysterious ancient runic rock surfaces.
Notes:
Highly suggested : Go into Preferences/Graphics/Rendering and set Glow to “1”. Then in Pref/Graphics/General make sure Advanced Lighting is checked and Shadows are set to Sun.Moon + Projectors. Make sure to “OK” that.
SLurl: SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Erealdan/55/114/1

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CREATIONS PARK: ATLANTIS UNDERWATER

Rating: Moderate
Description: 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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THE DIVE SHOP

Rating: Moderate
Description: 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/164/229/19

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ESPRIT MER

Rating: Moderate
Description: An open water Mer garden on the mainland just waiting to be explored! Swim or dance in kelp forests, sunken ships, go shopping. Mer dances held every second Saturday between 6pm and 8pm SLT by DJ Cynthia Maine. Games for 1-4 players can be played in the mer meeting area.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Newfangled/29/192/4

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GARROW TOR MARINE RESERVE

Rating: Moderate
Description: As the name suggests, this is an extensive area of natural marine environment with a touch of SL/Mer imagination. The LM will take you to the east side of the island. To the south is a small cave complex…
To the north, swim through natural sea of various aquatic flora & fauna. Then heading around the northern tip of the island west then south, will take you past Chicky & Vlad’s hangout (above) and Grace’s ship.
Carry on south then past a ruin? Through a turtle alley? Into a small coral garden?
At the landing point is an additional notice board with further information of the area, LM’s and a map showing the proximity to another Hangout called Wearde Water World nearby (see below), which you could actually swim to from here.
If you are feeling amphibious, by all means explore up onto the island, it is open to all visitors, just be aware the southern tip is not mine. (Use your mini map with Property Lines showing)
SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Abzorbaloff/202/142/11

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GULL’S WING UNDER THE SEA

Rating: Moderate (No nudity, please.)
Description: 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
Description:  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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ISLE OF ANU AQUATIC LIFE

Rating: Adult
Restrictions : Please note the SE corner of the sim is the owner’s private residence. We ask that visitors respect this personal space.
Description: Isle of Anu Aquatic Life is an area for exploration, relaxation, and fun! We also offer a building (yes, underwater) where you can play various games. There are places where you can snuggle up with your significant other, There is also a very nice dance floor with mer dances available in the menu, and when we aren’t having an event, a jukebox where you can pick your own stream from a variety of music. We are constantly improving things and will host events from time to time. Also, if you would like to advertise your area, there are inexpensive ad boards at the landing point.
Being an adult area, you can wear whatever you desire – or don’t!
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Anu/15/38/1

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JENNY’S WHARF & MER HANGOUT

Rating: Moderate
Description: 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
Description: 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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LAKE MOONKILL

Rating: Adult
Restrictions: This is a Adult sim so expect to see nipples sometimes 😉 Child avi’s are discouraged (No Guppies Please) GLBTQ+ friendly, family friendly.
Description: The Waters of Lake Moonkill are a ever evolving little escape from the harsh Human world.
You can accidentally find portals to higher dimensions down here and other magical things..
Like hidden Treasures and Gifts for you in the bottom of a sunken ship…
And a growing Goldfish Population!! Try to catch them and they will make you swim with them!
What would you find if you followed the sparkling Diamond Trail? Can you find the hidden caves within the Coral Cave? If you do, bring a friend to enjoy a lovely Dance or two…
Time runs different down here.. Humans don’t really dare to explore here because it is known that we keep the ones who wander into our world. But it’s their choice because they don’t really want to leave once they experience the Magic Here.

SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Diamond%20Wolf%20Lair/43/222/4

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THE LITTLE MERMAID

Rating: Adult (Hangout, BDSM, RLV)
Other Restrictions: Adult sim restrictions apply
Description: The main area at Little Mermaid – Dora’s Oceanic Research and Aquariums – is the exhibit, with a large connected aquarium system, featuring several biomes (e.g. salt water, fresh water, deep sea, swamp, tunnels) with an additional option for Sea life to visit the other areas by means of a Fish teleporter (a big grey box that allows you to visit several other locations at the Ranch, the Giantess cabin, the Island – on the west sim Metope – or the Research facility).
The parcels are designed to be used both for Roleplay as well as to serve as a relaxing environment or playground. As Little Mermaid’s guests, you are free to use all the facilities and devices that can be found in the two areas, be it for Roleplay, to relax or to explore.
A latest version of the Rules and Information notecard can be obtained at the landing, as well as the latest destinations on the teleport board/grey fish transport box.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Asopus/218/113/22

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MAGICAL KREATIONS

Rating: Adult – topless welcomed but strictly no sex acts!
Description: Magical Kreations features the ONLY underwater Mini Golf in Second Life. Play its scenic 14 holes that spans the reef of Magical Kreations, stop for a rest in the cuddle nooks along the way.
Brave the land and find more card tables, pinball, a bowling alley a dance area in the game room in the sky. Sit back and watch some video streams on a giant video screen too!
A sim full of fun and games for merfolk and aquatics to enjoy!
SLurl : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Miraculous%20Land/36/30/2

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MERMAID MARINA

Rating: Moderate
Description: A cosy small mer hangout area below the Mermaid Marina situated 6 sims north of the Blake Sea, you can swim all the way there! Dancefloor, shell jacuzzi and more, all sea creatures welcome!

SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poolside/232/161/11

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MOSAIC SANCTUARY FANTASY ROLEPLAY

Rating: Moderate
Description: We are a brand new (March 2022) Roleplay sim comprised of four levels, OOC hangout/classroom and welcome center, across two sims. The Realm of Mosaic is a patchwork of kingdoms and races seen far and wide. From Roma travelers to the snowy Nordic wastes…all the way to the waves of Atlantis and even the mysterious Elven Kingdom of Rivencloud. It truly is a sanctuary for all.
Restrictions:

  • Mer tops are optional.
  • We are an RP sim first and foremost, but don’t mind some OOC hanging out, too.
  • Child Avatars are not allowed.
  • Prim/animesh babies are only allowed in rental units.

SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Loveless%20Anarchy/110/141/748

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THE MYSTIC REALMS

Rating: Moderate

Description: The Mystic Realms is a 3-region fantasy roleplay sim featuring races such as, but not limited to elves, faeries, wildlings, wolves, pirates, merfolk, sirens and dragons. We are a roleplay sim and encourage casual RP and hanging out In-Character (IC) sim-wide. But do please try to stay in the fantasy realm of dress code and respect others that are roleplaying by keeping Out of Character (OOC) content in Direct Messages (DMs)!
For merfolk and aquatics – The Dire Waters (accessible from landing point)
Part of the Wilderness are The Dire Waters of The Mystic Realms. They are the water realm that leads to the Wildes of the forest. Many stories tell that this land has been both abandoned and unclaimed because of the creatures who roam there. Stories of colonies of creatures living beneath the surface. Merfolk, sirens, dragons even.
The Mystic Realms provides a rich and open RP environment for you to create and control your own stories, factions, to play and tell these stories.
Notes:

  • The Mystic Realms is also meant for photography and we do allow players to visit OOC and take photos!

Restrictions:

  • We welcome all ages but children and teen avis must state ages in their profiles
  • We will host events either marked PG for all ages or M for adults only.
  • We will not be giving players any strict rules on their avatar styles. Mermaids are each unique and should be able to look and wear what they want, so long as they follow LL rules.
  • All races are welcomed and we do not have an application form.

SLURL : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dire%20Waters/75/4/2498

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PIED PIPER MERMAIDS

Rating: Moderate
Description: 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
Description: 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

Rating: Moderate
Description:
 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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ZOZO’S REEF

Rating: Moderate
Restrictions: No nudity, no children

Description : A lovely thriving reef awaits in Zozo’s where you can explore its beautifully landscaped habitat. Merfolk can sit on the rocks in the reef to hangout, relax and enjoy its beauty, swim and explore or even catch a game of Greedy Greedy at the cute sandcastle. The caves beckon for a deeper exploration to find cosy areas lounge and chat. Zozo’s Reef is GLBTQ+ friendly.
SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Horrorbag/107/1/6

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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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