Dolphin Adventure Photo Gallery
Written by Cathy Siegismund
Despite being very busy with our preparations for the puddle jump, I couldn't
pass up the chance to swim with the dolphin. The Dolphin Adventure swim was
across the canal from the Paradise Village Marina.
Dolphin Adventure Pool
The dolphins are kept in captivity and studied as well as trained. You have
mixed feelings when you participate in the dolphin swim. You feel guilty about
supporting a facility that keeps dolphin in captivity, however, at the same time
it is such a thrill to be in the water with them. I would have preferred to swim
with wild dolphin or with the trained ones that are set free each day and return
to their pens by choice.
With all that said, the facility was very nice and the dolphin appeared to be
healthy and in good shape -- and it was REALLY COOL to swim with them.
Upon arriving at the facility, we first listened to an audio tape on the
dolphin, the center, what to expect while swimming with them, and how to behave
in the water.
We spent about an hour in the pool in groups of 4-5 people that were paired
with a trainer who instructed us how to behave with the dolphin. They gave us a
little marine biology lesson on the dolphin and cued the them on some of their
Trainer instructing two of the dolphin
We worked our way around the pool and the dolphin would choose to swim up to
us and be pet. They actually seemed to enjoy it as they would constantly swim up
to you and roll over presenting their bellies for a rub.
Swimming by for a belly rub
I'm getting two wet dolphin kisses
For finale of the swim, the dolphin did a series of impressive jumps, which
were even more spectacular from our vantage point in the water.