Trainer for a Day

Trainer for a Day Program Pricing

Starting From

$350.00

per swimmer

Shadow a trainer for a day at Dolphins Plus! This program combines dolphin interactions with a behind the scenes look into marine mammal care and training. Please join us for this unique and exciting educational opportunity!

From swimming with dolphins, to fish preparation and washing buckets, participants work one-on-one with an experienced animal trainer to gain insight into marine mammal care and training. The day is complete with in-depth discussions and experiential learning, encompassing topics such as training, marine mammal care, animal identification, dolphin anatomy and reproduction, marine mammal intelligence and communication, enrichment, and tactics utilized to build a trusting relationship between trainer and animal.

A critical (and rewarding) part of a trainer’s job is to create and maintain a positive relationship with the dolphins they work with. At Dolphins Plus, trainers swim with the dolphins in private sessions throughout the day to help foster this relationship. The Shadow a Trainer for a Day program is the only Dolphins Plus experience that invites participants to join a trainer during this private natural swim time.

The Trainer for a Day program also includes an 8×10” photo of you and our dolphins to commemorate your experience, a Trainer for a Day t-shirt, and a comprehensive book [Pursuing Your Career as a Marine Mammal Trainer or Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (an identification guide)]. This is supplemental to the knowledge and enjoyment participants gain during this unique program.

DOLPHIN TRAINER FOR A DAY (Dolphins Plus Oceanside)

Cost: $630

Observer for the Day: $100

Age Limit: 7 years

Interactions Included: Structured Swim and Guided Natural

Receive: Book, Tee Shirt, and 8x10 photo

Time

Activity

9:45 am

Arrive at Dolphins Plus Oceanside, Check-In

10:00 am

Structured Swim Briefing

10:30 am

Structured Swim

11:15 am

Marine Mammal Care I: Fundamentals of Animal Care (Experiential Learning Activity)

Marine Mammal Care II: Husbandry Health (Experiential Learning Activity)

11:45 am

Off Campus Lunch

1:00 pm

Marine Mammal Training Experience (Experiential Learning Activity)

1:45 pm

Marine Mammal Behavior:  Assessing and utilizing behavior to provide quality care (Experiential Learning Classroom Activity)

2:30 pm

Private Guided Natural Swim

2:30 pm

Marine Mammal Care III: Applied Environmental Enrichment (Experiential Learning Activity)

3:15 pm

Questions/End of the Day: Choose 8x10 Photo/Book/Tee-Shirt

*Tentative daily schedule, times and activities are subject to change to accommodate the wants and needs of our guests

 

DOLPHIN TRAINER FOR A DAY ½ DAY PROGRAM (Dolphins Plus Oceanside)

Cost: $350

Observer for the Day: $50

Age Limit: 7 years

Interactions Included: Structured Swim

Receive: Book, Tee Shirt, and 8x10 Photo

Arrival Time

Activity

9:45 am/ (12:15 pm)

Arrive at Dolphins Plus Oceanside, Check-In

10:00 am/ (12:30 pm)

Structured Swim Briefing

10:30 am/ (1:00 pm)

Structured Swim

11:15 am/ (1:45 pm)

Marine Mammal Care I: Fundamentals of Animal Care (Experiential Learning Activity)

11:30 am/ (2:00 pm)

Marine Mammal Care II: Husbandry Health (Experiential Learning Activity)

12:00 am/ (3:00 pm)

Questions/End of the Day: Choose 8x10 Photo/Book/Tee-Shirt

*Tentative daily schedule, times and activities are subject to change to accommodate the wants and needs of our guests

 

All of Dolphins Plus’ Trainer for a Day programs are an all-inclusive, once in a lifetime experience. Prices range from $350.00 to $695.00 for half or full day of one-on-one interaction with the trainers and animals at Dolphins Plus Oceanside or Bayside. Act quickly, because space is limited! Participants must be a minimum of 7 years of age. Please read our Cancellation Policy thoroughly BEFORE booking.

 

Click here to submit a Pre-Registration form for our Trainer for a Day programs

If you have questions, please email or call us:
Email: Education@DolphinsPlus.com
Phone: (305) 451-1993
Toll-free (866) 860-SWIM (7946)

We look forward to seeing you!

5 stars
I did the Trainer for a Day program 3 years ago and I am now studying to become an animal trainer and hopefully one day maybe even work at Dolphins Plus.
Gretchen B.