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Splash And Wade Program: Swim With Dolphins In Key Largo

You don’t need to be a swimmer to enjoy this exhilarating experience!! Splash and Wade is an interaction that lets you meet and interact with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins up close and personal, while standing comfortably in waist-deep water.

You don’t need to be a swimmer to enjoy this exhilarating experience. Splash and Wade is an interaction that lets you meet our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins up close and personal, while standing comfortably in waist-deep water. After an informative briefing you’ll be fitted with a flotation vest and stand on a platform that submerges to about 3 feet deep in our natural, ocean-water lagoon. Our dolphins will come to you for interactive behaviors like body rubs, handshakes or kisses. This program is fun and easy for young and young at heart alike!

Hours: 10am, 1pm and 3pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Briefing 20-30 min. | To maximize your experience and the dolphin’s this session is not timed, as the trainers leave it up to the dolphins for how long it takes them to accomplish a set number of behaviors. Ages: Minimum 3 years with adult or 10 years alone

DPMMR's Splash and Wade dolphin interaction is an experience the whole family can cherish! Stand comfortably in waist deep water as you interact with our marine mammal family. As a not for profit, your swim directly contributes to supporting the only wha

DPMMR's Splash and Wade dolphin interaction is an experience the whole family can cherish! Stand comfortably in waist deep water as you interact with our marine mammal family. As a not for profit, your swim directly contributes to supporting the only whale and dolphin stranding network in the Florida Keys!#DPMMR #Keylargo #flkeys @floridakeysandkeywest #Connecttoprotect

Posted by Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder on Thursday, July 5, 2018

- What Will You Do

Guests arrive at the facility, check in, and then listen to a 30 minute educational briefing given by one of DPMMR's team members. This briefing not only covers dolphin anatomy and physiology, marine mammal conservation and ocean conservation, but explains our work as a not for profit marine mammal rescue organization and what you will do in the water with the dolphins. Then you will be fitted with a flotation vest and asked to stand on a mechanical platform. This platform will then lower guests into the water to waist deep height, where a trainer will guide you and the dolphins through a variety of behaviors. No swimming is involved at all! Guests are standing comfortably for the entire experience. The best part of the Splash and Wade program is family members as young as 3 years of age are allowed to participate with an accompanying adult! Marine mammal fun for the whole family!

- What Is Included

- Flotation vest
- Changing rooms
- Rinse off showers
- Amazing DPMMR marine mammal family and staff

- What Is Not Included

- Towels and sunscreen are not included.

- FAQ

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE BEFORE MY SWIM?
It is best to aim to arrive 15 minutes prior to your swim time to allow for changing and check-in procedures. When you calculate drive time, keep in mind possible unexpected traffic and finding the facility.
ARE TOWELS PROVIDED? WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING?
Please bring your towel and apply a reef-safe sunscreen (such as Stream 2 Sea – sold here at DPMMR), at least 15 minutes prior to your swim. However, we do sell towels, should you forget to bring one.
CAN WE BOOK A SWIM IF WE DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH?
Yes. DPMMR has several programs that will accommodate our international guests. However, if all guests that are participating do not speak English, we do require that someone in the party, even an observer, can translate what the trainer is saying to the guest. For safety reasons, it is extremely important that the in-water participant can understand and follow instructions from the trainer.
WHERE WILL THE DOLPHIN INTERACTION TAKE PLACE? ARE WE GOING OUT ON A BOAT?
All interaction programs at DPMMR take place at 31 Corrine Place, Key Largo, FL, in our natural, ocean water lagoons. Our facility resides on a salt-water canal that is open at both ends to the Atlantic Ocean. We have two tidal exchanges each day and Mother Nature acts as our natural filtration system. We do not need any chlorine, pumps, or machines for our water, as it is natural ocean water. There is no need for a boat and once you have arrived at the facility, your encounter is just moments away!
HOW LONG WILL WE BE IN THE WATER?
The Interactive and Splash and Wade programs are not based on time, but rather on a certain number of behaviors. This is done to ensure that everyone has a similar experience, regardless of speed of the animals. The dolphins sometimes do not interact continuously with guests due to distractions in the canal and in the lagoon (E.g., their own calves, wild dolphins or manatees). Occasionally, dolphins like to take breaks! If the dolphins are distracted, guests may be in the water longer because the total number of behaviors will take longer for the dolphins to complete. The length of the session is also dependent on the number swimmers, as well as outside influencing factors. The Snorkel with the Dolphins Program is one of our only timed programs, with a briefing of 20-30 minutes and the in-water portion lasts twenty minutes. The Connect to Protect Program has a 15 minute educational briefing and the in-water program lasts 15 minutes. All other programs are based on a specific number of behaviors that the trainer asks the dolphins to do. In order to maximize your and the dolphins’ experience, we do not time those programs, but the educational briefing lasts around 30 minutes.
HOW DOES DPMMR SERVE TO HELP DOLPHINS IN THE WILD?
Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder is privileged to care for a diverse population of bottlenose dolphins that have inspired and educated thousands of guests and have contributed to our understanding of this species. The goal of our organization is to connect each person that walks through our doors with our unique and inspiring marine mammal family. As the world’s oceans face temperature shifts, overfishing, pollution, and acidification, now more than ever we need to educate and motivate individuals to save our natural resources. One person that makes a change in their daily lives can result in thousands of pieces of plastic never reaching the ocean, and by encouraging each visitor to spread the word, the positive changes are multiplied. When we provide the opportunity for our guests to interact in a meaningful way with our dolphins, we hope these changes and the education they receive by our animal care professionals will resonate and last for the rest of their lives. In addition to the direct positive impact DPMMR’s response and rescue team has on stranded whales and dolphins, DPMMR also indirectly affects marine mammals in the wild via the research that we do on a daily basis. DPMMR is proud to have over 60 ongoing research projects exploring dolphin behavior, cognition, acoustics, and welfare. With dozens of publications, book chapters, and graduate student theses, our prolific research department has disseminated groundbreaking research to the scientific community to better conserve and protect our dolphins’ wild counterparts. Additionally, the knowledge we have gained caring for our dolphins has resulted in a deeper understanding of behavior and medicine that we are able to apply during stranding scenarios with distressed cetaceans. Sharing this knowledge with our collaborators allows for further advancement in the area of rehabilitation and welfare, and it is a responsibility DPMMR cherishes. Our immersive internships provide opportunities for career advancement in the areas of animal care and research, and our interns complete the programs with a greater appreciation for the marine environment and leave with the tools to continue to educate others about the complex issues facing the marine environment. The most important part of our job is connecting people to these animals. These meaningful connections will profoundly alter the lives of those who experience them, and our staff is a living testament to the power of connecting to protect. It is our hope that combining our passion for education and research and utilizing experiential learning activities with our animals will contribute to positive changes in the lives of our visitors. #ConnectToProtect at DPMMR, and help us in our mission to create a better world.

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