Weeki Wachee Mermaid Auditions 2021
Weeki Wachee Mermaid Auditions 2021. There is one place in Florida that is famous for its mermaids, and you have a chance to become one.
Weeki Wachee Mermaid Auditions 2021. The mermaid auditions will take place on Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. Apply Here
Anyone looking to flex their flippers will also have to go through an endurance swim test before moving to the underwater audition. The entire process could take between 1 or 2 hours.
“Our performers make it look easy, but the process is rigorous and challenging. It’s common for performers to audition several times before they are hired.”
- Mermaid shows have resumed! Buccaneer Bay water attractions are open Saturday/Sunday through September 26. Kayaking is available daily with a reservation.
On the job, they must maintain their buoyancy, hit their cues on time, and look completely flawless to their audience — all while swimming in 72-degree water against a fairly strong current, she added.
Mermaids also need to hold their breath for long periods of time. During the shows, they can discreetly take mouthfuls of air from slender breathing tubes while they perform.
The tube technology was invented by Weeki Wachee’s founding father, Newton Perry, a former frogman in the US Navy who trained SEALs to swim underwater in the second world war. Perry designed a method of breathing underwater from a hose pipe supplying oxygen from an air compressor, rather than a tank strapped onto the back.
History of Weeki Wachee
In 1947, entrepreneur Newton Perry founded the mermaid attraction in a sandy-bottomed natural pool that connects with the springs and a seven-mile river. Perry carved out a limestone theater where viewers looked through the glass and into crystal clear water. He was also strategic in his early marketing—within a year of opening, Hollywood producers paid the park a visit. It was then used as the setting for the 1948 film Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.
The attraction’s rise and mystique were all about timing, says Carolyn Turgeon, author of the new book, The Mermaid Handbook, which shares mermaid lore and interviews with performers from around the world. “You take beautiful springs in Florida, the development of underwater camera equipment, and the fact that Hollywood came calling early,” she says, “and you get a picture of why the place was and is considered very glamorous.”
Although “Weeki Wachee” comes from the Seminole language and means “little spring,” it’s so deep in parts that its lowest point has never been found. Performers swim 16 to 20 feet below the surface, and because the setting is part of a river, fish, manatees, and other aquatic wildlife do show up for visits. For more information click here for their website or reach them through Facebook here.
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