Become a Real-life Mermaid at Weeki Wachee Park
Find out how you can have a job that lets you spend your days under the sea.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a real-life Ariel living under the sea, now is your chance to find out.
Located roughly an hour north of Tampa at the U.S. 19 and State Road 50 crossroads, Weeki Wachee has attracted visitors since 1947, who marvel at its underwater mermaid performers that perform aquatic ballets and host underwater picnics some 20 feet under the sea. Fans of the longtime attraction have included everyone from Elvis Presley to Don Knotts, according to park representatives.
Currently, mermaids at Weeki Wachee perform in a 400-seat theater that sits some 16 feet below the surface, performing shows that range from underwater circuses to Snow White and Peter Pan themed storylines. Weeki Wachee has a unique system of air hoses that supply oxygen from an air compressor, making it seem as though the performers are truly mermaids that have spent their years living under the sea.
The park will be holding auditions for those interested in joining its mermaid crew on Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m., with interested participants required to complete a series of endurance tests that include a 300-yard swim and treading in water for 10 minutes. Those that make the cut will pass to the next round, which will include an underwater audition.
Applicants need to be 18 and older to apply and must be able to work at least four days a week to qualify. Those interested, should email email@example.com by Jan. 11 of 2018.
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Salaries starting at $10 an hour, while other attractions at the 538-acre state park also include riverboat cruises and wildlife shows.