By Sybil

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will hold auditions on Saturday, Jan. 13 for some new additions to its world-famous mermaid squad.

The Weeki Wachee mermaids perform year-round in the head waters of the spring that feeds the Weeki Wachee river. The show debuted way back in 1947, in the theater built of limestone six feet below the spring’s surface.

The park expects at least 50 women to come for the physically demanding audition. And it’s just the start of the process.

According to John Athanason, public relations manager for the park, this is when the prospects find out if they have what it takes. It’s not easy.

The first audition consists of the aspiring mermaids completing a timed, 300-yard endurance swim, where they swim both with and against the water’s current. If they finish that successfully, THEN candidates must tread water for 10 to 15 minutes.

BUT, they get to be mermaids for a LIVING. I maybe could have done it when I was in college. In the seventies. Shut up! I got an “A” in swimming at Penn State. And skiing!


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