Meet Mer­maid Stayce

Gulf & Main - - Water World -

Where are you from? Mi­ami, Flor­ida How long have you been a mer­maid? 16 years What kind of ex­pe­ri­ence or train­ing did you have be­fore

be­com­ing a mer­maid? All my train­ing has been at the park. (Train­ing in­cludes SCUBA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, first aid, CPR and sev­eral months of train­ing un­der wa­ter.) Have you al­ways loved the wa­ter? Grow­ing up in Flor­ida, I’ve al­ways been around the wa­ter. What do you love about per­form­ing? I love swim­ming for the guests, es­pe­cially the kids.

What’s great about be­ing part of a mer­maid team? We are all very close. Swim­ming to­gether ev­ery day, and mak­ing sure we are all safe, brings us closer. We spend a lot of time to­gether at work, and on our per­sonal time.

What is your fa­vorite part of the show? I don’t re­ally have a fa­vorite part. Just know­ing we are per­form­ing for our au­di­ence is good enough for both me and my fel­low mer­maids.

How did you get in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a mer­maid? I grew up hear­ing about the Weeki Wachee Mer­maids. When I moved to the area, I knew it was some­thing I wanted to be a part of. What are your plans once you are no longer part of the show? I re­ally have no im­me­di­ate plans. I’ll keep swim­ming as long as I can.

Mer­maid Stayce says she es­pe­cially loves swim­ming for the kids.

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