How to Swim With Dolphins in Florida

How to Swim With Dolphins in Florida
If you're going to be visiting Florida and you've always dreamed of swimming with dolphins, take advantage of all the many tour companies and aquariums in Florida. Whether you prefer swimming with dolphins in the wild and watching their natural behavior or like the idea of being a trainer, handling dolphins and playing with them in a pool, Florida has those opportunities. Getting close to these playful mammals is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer with Internet access Towel Bathng suit Sunblock Camera
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Towel
  • Bathng suit
  • Sunblock
  • Camera
Step 1
Determine what type of a dolphin swim you would like. Operators in Florida offer two types of swims: a wild dolphin swim or an interaction with trained dolphins at an aquarium. In an interaction you will be allowed to touch the dolphins, which you wouldn't be able to do with wild dolphins. But wild dolphin swims allow you to experience dolphins in their natural environment.
Step 2
Locate a company that offers dolphin swims in the area you will be visiting. Several aquariums offer dolphin encounters throughout Florida. Two popular ones are the Gulfarium in Destin and Discovery Cove in Orlando. Many of the wild dolphin boat tours are around the Florida Keys. Wild Dolphin Adventures in Key West is one popular company.
Step 3
Compare the types of swims and encounters to choose the right one for you. Many companies offer different packages of interaction programs. Discovery Cove offers both a regular 30-minute dolphin swim and the deluxe "trainer for a day" experience, which includes a deepwater dolphin interaction.
Step 4
Book your dolphin swim. Make sure you book early as these dolphin encounters and dolphin swims can book up quickly. Check through the reservation information so you know how early you should arrive, and understand the cancellation policy.
Step 5
Be prepared on the day of the swim. Before you leave the house, re-read your reservation information to make sure you have everything you need. Most likely, you'll have to remove any jewelry and will need to bring a bathing suit, towel, sunblock and a camera. If you are doing a dolphin swim from a boat, check to make sure that the company provides snorkel gear for you.

Tips & Warnings

At the aquarium, be sure to listen carefully to the trainer's instructions. The trainer will tell you where you are allowed to touch the dolphins so you don't injure them.
When doing the wild dolphin swim, be careful not to approach the dolphins. It is illegal to harass dolphins. Instead, let the dolphins come to you.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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