Dolphin Exploration Lab

Dolphin Exploration Lab Program Pricing

Starting From

$990.00

per swimmer

CALLING ALL DOLPHIN LOVERS!!! Dolphins Plus invites you to join our team for the unforgettable and amazing opportunity to become a part of our dolphin family. Our Dolphin Exploration Lab is lead by staff scientist, Jill Richardson, Ph.D., and is a great way to get up close and personal with our marine mammal family and learn everything you ever wanted to know about these amazing creatures! While at our facility, you’ll get to swim with our dolphins in our interactive program (e.g. belly rubs, handshakes, dorsal tows, and wet, fishy kisses!), swim and play with them in a snorkeling session, and participate in lots of fun interactive classes.

Our classes are so much fun, you’ll forget that you’re actually learning something amazing! Each class is filled with fun pictures, videos, and activities, and we cover really cool topics like Dolphin Intelligence, Dolphin Communication, How to Pursue a Career in Marine Mammalogy, The Training Game, Gentle Giants (Introduction to Manatees), and many more! Be warned: These classes are not your typical school classes! In one of our classes you’ll even get a behind-the-scenes look into what it would be like to be a dolphin trainer (get ready to smell fishy!). We’ll also take you on a couple of really exciting field trips to explore local marine ecosystems. Our favorites are the coral reef snorkeling trip (where we’ll point all of the cool marine critters) and the backcountry kayak tour through our beautiful mangrove forests (a.k.a. walking trees!).

Dolphin Exploration Lab Level I

Course Content: This is a 3-day program, designed for students ages 11-14. Each class includes two, interactive dolphin swims (e.g. belly rubs, hand-shakes, kisses, and dorsal tows!), one dolphin snorkeling experience (open swim session!), 9-12 exciting classes on dolphin and local ecosystem topics, 2 amazing field trips, a hands-on ocean critters touch tank tour (cool prickly, slimy creatures you can hold in the palm of your hand!), trainer question and answer sessions, a behind-the-scenes peek into becoming a dolphin trainer, our exciting “dolphin training game”, one day of group lunch at our facility, snacks, and a beautiful 8×10” photo of you and our dolphins. Transportation and lodging are NOT provided/included. Make sure you review our cancellation policy thoroughly before applying.

Duration: 3 days (9:00a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Ages: 15-18+

Cost per student: $990 (Prices subject to change.)

Class Size Minimum/Maximum: 4 students/15 students

Dates: August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2016

DOLPHIN EXPLORATION LAB- Sample Schedule

DAY 1

CLASS/ACTIVITY

9:00 AM

Arrival at Dolphins Plus/Check-In/Orientation

9:15 AM

Seals vs Sea Lions

9:45 AM

Meet Our Sea Lions- JJ and Grommet

10:15 AM

Outdoor Class- Meet our dolphin family! (Dolphin Personalities and Identification)

10:45 AM

Class –Marine Mammal Care Lab (Get ready to smell fishy!)

11:45 AM

Lunch at Dolphins Plus

12:45 PM

Outdoor Class – Touch Tank Tour (Squishy, prickly, slimy sea creatures!)

1:30 PM

Class- Anatomy and Physiology

2:15 PM

Class – Coral Reefs: Rainforests of the Sea

3:00 PM

Fitted for Snorkel Gear/ Change for dolphin interaction

3:15 PM

Educational Briefing for Shallow Water Dolphin Interaction

3:45 PM

Shallow Water Dolphin Interaction (parents may watch)

4:30 PM

End of day/Parent pick-up in lobby

DAY 2

CLASS/ACTIVITY

8:30 AM

Arrive at snorkel boat Keysdiver/Check-In

9:00 AM

Reef snorkeling adventure!

11:30 AM

Return to dock/parent pick-up and depart for lunch on your own

12:45 PM

Return to Dolphins Plus Oceanside Briefing for Guided Dolphin Swim

1:10 PM

Guided Dolphin Swim- Snorkel with our dolphins!

1:30 PM

Rinse-off/Change

1:45 PM

Dolphin Body Language

2:30 PM

Tour Our Vet Lab!

2:45 PM

Snack/ Trainer Q and A

3:00 PM

Animal Training and the Training Game

3:45 PM

Squid Dissection

4:30 PM

End of day/Parent pick-up in lobby

DAY 3

CLASS/ACTIVITY

9:00 AM

Arrival at Dolphins Plus/Check-In

9:15 AM

Outdoor Class: The Training Game

10:00 AM

The Intelligence Debate

11:00 AM

Environmental Enrichment

12:00 PM

Lunch at Dolphins Plus

1:00 PM

Backcountry kayak journey through the mangroves (a.k.a. walking trees)!

3:15 PM

Break to change for structured dolphin interaction

3:30 PM

Swim with our dolphins!** (family can observe or participate)

4:30 PM

End of day/Presentation of photos/Parent pick-up in lobby

*Lecture topics subject to change without prior notice/scheduling may change due to weather conditions and availability, so be prepared to be flexible

Dolphin Exploration Lab Level II

Course Content: This is a 3-day program, designed for students ages 15-18. Each class includes two, interactive dolphin swims (e.g. belly rubs, hand-shakes, kisses, and dorsal tows!), one dolphin snorkeling experience (open swim session!), 9-12 exciting classes on dolphin and local ecosystem topics, 2 amazing field trips, a hands-on ocean critters touch tank tour (cool prickly, slimy creatures you can hold in the palm of your hand!), trainer question and answer sessions, a behind-the-scenes peek into becoming a dolphin trainer, our exciting “dolphin training game”, one day of group lunch at our facility, snacks, and a beautiful 8×10” photo of you and our dolphins. Transportation and lodging are NOT provided/included. Make sure you review our cancellation policy thoroughly before applying.

Duration: 3 days (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Ages: 15-18+

Cost per student: $990 (Prices subject to change.)

Class Size Minimum/Maximum: 4 students/15 students

Dates:  August 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2016

Upon acceptance to our program, you will be emailed an acceptance letter, a receipt confirmation, and release forms. Students will NOT be allowed to participate in our program without a signed release from a parent or legal guardian (age 18 and above). Please sign and complete the release form before the scheduled class start date. A completed reservation with payment in full is required to book a spot in one of our classes. Your spot in a class is NOT guaranteed until the reservation and payment are complete. Reservations can be made over the phone (toll free: (866) 860-SWIM). Please read our cancelation policy thoroughly before applying. In the event that the class minimum requirement of 4 students is not met by 30 days prior to the program start date, the class will be canceled. All students/parents will be contacted immediately, and a full refund will be issued.

Click here to view a sample schedule of our Dolphin Exploration Lab: Dolphin Exploration Lab Sample

If you have questions, please email or call us:

Email: Marylou@DolphinsPlus.com
Phone: (305) 451-1993
Toll-free (866) 860-7946

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you for your interest in our Marine Mammal Education programs! We have limited availability for these programs, and spaces are filling up quickly. Please call us to complete your reservation for our Dolphin Exploration Lab. Thank you again, and we look forward to meeting you!

Please make reservation for these classes early, because availability is limited. In order to make a reservation please call us at 305-451-1993.

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