Bindi Irwin turned 17 on Friday

By Alexandra Hurtado
Updated July 24, 2015 02:15 PM
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Bindi Irwin has a new boyfriend – and he’s just as adventurous as her late crocodile hunting father!

Bindi, who turned 17 on Friday, received a special birthday message from her wakeboarding beau, Chandler Powell.

Powell posted an adorable photo of the young couple to Instagram, writing, “Happy Birthday to this gorgeous girl! Feel very blessed to have you in my life. Counting down the days until I get to see you again! @bindisueirwin #TotallyGushing #ILoveCamping #ILoveTheOutdoors #ISwamTheCrocPond.”

The 17-year-old revealed earlier this week that she is dating, telling Entertainment Tonight, “There is someone special in my life right now, and I’m really happy with that.”

Bindi was only 8 years old when her father Steve Irwin died after being stung by a stingray, but as it turns out, like any father, he was already giving his little girl dating advice.

“Dad always said you can’t date till you’re 40, and he has to be able to swim across our largest crocodile pond before he can go out with you,” Bindi told ET.

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Judging by Powell’s last hashtag in the photo, #ISwamTheCrocPond, he would probably have the crocodile hunter’s seal of approval.

“I realize that Dad would have wanted me to be happy, to carry love in my heart, and to love every single day,” Bindi told PEOPLE in February. Aw, young love.