When you swim with dolphins at DPMMR, you're actively helping us provide excellent welfare to our resident dolphin family, while also helping us rescue and respond to sick and injured whales & dolphins throughout the Florida Keys. But the impact of your swim goes well beyond this...
We believe that when people connect with something, they will want to protect it. We also believe that the best way to make a connection with something is to experience it in person. With this in mind, we've designed a series of programs that we hope will immerse you into the world of dolphins, fostering a meaningful connection between you and dolphins.
During this program, you'll enter the deep water lagoon with the dolphins where our caregivers will coach you through a series of interactive behaviors with the dolphins designed to create meaningful connections between you and your newfound friend. You'll experience first hand the power and speed of our dolphins as they propel you through the water during a foot push, pick you up for a dorsal tow or belly ride, or show off impressive aerial skills. Your program will also include opportunities to appreciate the gentle nature of dolphins as they swim past for a back or belly rub, stop for a handshake or hug, or engage in a friendly splash fight.
Due to the personalized nature of this program, the unique guided style of each trainer, and the individual personalities of each of our dolphins, no two Connect to Protect programs will ever be exactly the same. To maximize your experience and the dolphin's choice in participating in the program, this session is not timed but rather based on completing a set number of behaviors at the dolphins' pace.
During our Private Connect to Protect program, you will experience the same breathtaking moments that make up the “Connect to Protect” swim but with the privacy of having the entire facility to yourself. This small group experience is available for family and friend groups of up to 6 people and includes a private educational briefing before entering the dolphin habitat for a custom-tailored interaction program.
The completely private nature of this program is great for those seeking a COVID-friendly activity, celebrating a birthday, engagement, or anniversary, or for the dolphin fanatic longing to make a unique connection with these magnificent animals.
Your experience will include an introduction to the dolphins while comfortably standing on a submerged platform. From here, our caregivers will guide you and the dolphins through a series of behaviors where you can touch the dolphin, deliver hand signals to the dolphins, and even pose for an instagram-worthy photo! Once acquainted with the dolphins, you will have the option to step off the platform and join your new friends in the deep water for high-energy behaviors like a dorsal tow, belly ride, or foot push or to remain on the platform to finish out your program.
This program is perfect for families with children of varying ages, as well as those guests that prefer to ease into a deep-water experience. Like our other programs, this program is based on a fixed number of behaviors rather than timed so as to allow our guests and dolphins to enjoy the interaction at a comfortable pace.
During the Splash & Wade, you'll stand in about 3 feet of water on a submerged platform where the dolphins will approach you. One of our caregivers will introduce you to your new dolphin friend through a series of behaviors that might include rubbing the dolphins belly or back, giving the dolphin a handshake, holding the dolphin in your arms, or asking the dolphin to showcase their athletic abilities.
This program is a great option for guests who are not strong swimmers, but still wish to get up-close and build a connection with this incredible species. Like our other programs, the Splash & Wade program is not timed and is instead based on completing a set number of behaviors at the dolphin's pace.
Your full-day experience will blend interactions with the dolphins with a behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of caring for dolphins.
During this experience, you will be paired with one of our passionate dolphin trainers for the day, starting with a private tour of our headquarters and animal care facilities. Following your tour, you'll spend the day assisting with training sessions, observing routine veterinary procedures, helping clean dishes and equipment, learning about dolphins and training methods, and of course interacting directly with our resident dolphins. No trainer experience would be complete without playing with the dolphins during a private enrichment session.
This program is our most-immersive experience. Due to the variability built into each day's schedule, no two Trainer Experiences will be the same.
This experience blends a behind-the-scenes look at caring for dolphins with an exciting Connect to Protect program. Similarly to the full-day experience, you'll meet up with your designated dolphin trainer for a private tour of the facility before joining an educational briefing prior to your swim with our dolphin family. After meeting a dolphin in the deep water, you'll assist the team with cleaning dishes and writing animal records before returning lagoon-side to assist with a training session or observe a routine healthcare procedure. Before the fun ends, your program will culminate in a private play-session with the dolphins.