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Mermaid Your Dream Job? Auditions Start Soon at Florida Park

Mermaid Your Dream Job? Auditions Start Soon at Florida Park

Mermaid Whitney blows a bubble-filled kiss to the audience as she performs during the morning show of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. (Brendan Fitterer/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 28 December 2017 07:21 PM

If you've ever wanted to be a mermaid, now's your chance: A world-famous Florida attraction is holding auditions for new mermaids.

There are openings at Florida's world-famous Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, which plans to hold auditions Jan. 13 to add several new members to its mermaid squad, the park wrote on its website.

The park's underwater mermaid shows have been running since 1947 from the warm spring waters of the Weeki Wachee river.

Some 50 women are expected to participate in the first audition day in which prospective mermaids compete in 300-yard, physically demanding swims. They’ll be drilled on such techniques as underwater ballet moves or flips.

The underwater theater is built of limestone six feet below the spring’s surface, but the mermaid hopefuls likely won't have time to take it all in while they tread water for 10 to 15 minutes with and against currents during the auditions.

“It’s not easy what they do, and a lot of girls find that out,” said John Athanason, pubic relations manager for the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. He called mermaid performing a “dangerous job.” Applicants would need to show they can save themselves and their colleagues during the tests.

Following the first audition, those who complete the initial tests come back for more underwater performances to further test their skills. After the swimming tests, question-and-answer interviews take place.

The job starts at $10 an hour for the mermaids who will be working at least four days a week.

The family-oriented park is located about an hour north of Tampa and is considered the only one of its kind. There are currently 17 performing mermaids and three princes.

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