Many women who became Weeki Wachee Mermaids gained an interest for the job because of their love of swimming. Becky Young sought out Weeki Wachee Springs for just this reason: "When I was in middle, what we used to call junior high school, I remember seeing a special on Weeki Wachee. I was an avid swimmer. I swam competitively. I swam in synchronized swimming. Swimming was a big part of my life. So I thought, 'Boy if I ever get to Florida, I gotta’ see that place.'" After seeing that television special, her mind was made up: "I just remember seeing these amazing glamourous women who were swimming for a living and diving in the beautiful springs and I just kept that memory in my head..."