My fiance and I did the "Trainer for a Day" program and it was simply amazing. There were 4 of us in the group (max is 6 for this program) sharing this experience and one of the trainers accompanies you all day. Our trainer was Marianna and she's AWESOME! Her English is great and it was her birthday, so we had a lot of fun.
The day starts off nice and relaxed by getting on our volunteer trainer uniforms (which you get to keep) and then learning general information about dolphins and also specifics about the dolphins we'd be working with. Each dolphin has such a unique personality! Afterward you get a tour of the facility and meet the other trainers.
The day includes two swims. One is the signature dolphin swim program they offer and the other is a "free swim". During the free swim, you can ask to do any of the cool tricks with the dolphins or just pet/feed them some more. Overall, fantastic and lots of time in the water!
There is a photographer that captures your experience and you get a set of images (16) and DVD included in the package. If you want all the images however, you will need to pay for it. We got all our photos (~100+) because it was such a great time. Well worth the cost. Lunch is also included (try the shrimp quesadilla, YUM!)
Thank you Marianna for a wonderful and very memorable experience! Your dolphin Tlatoani is such a gift and so smart. Lastly, Rich and Molly from Oakland, CA if you read this, congrats on 40 years, you two rock!
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