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Old 10-18-2007, 11:52 AM   #1
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“Trainer for the Day” experience at Sea World San Diego

This is a little pictorial of my girls “Trainer for the Day” experience at Sea World San Diego. They went on different days so their experiences were a little different from each other.

Here is what Sea World says on their web site about the program.

Trainer for a Day
Stop wondering what it would be like to train dolphins and instead, dive into this immersive, once-in-a-lifetime dolphin adventure. At Sea World’s exclusive Trainer for a Day program, you’ll go behind the scenes for intimate feeding and behavior interactions. Snorkel with the Sea World pod to hear friendly dolphins communicate. Learn about animal health from world-renowned experts. Then, experience the power and grace of one the world’s most intelligent creatures as you share a thrilling dorsal tow or dolphin belly ride. It’s truly unforgettable.

You’ll start in our behind-the-scenes Animal Care facility helping with food preparation, morning feedings and area clean-up while learning our training techniques for animal husbandry. The adventure continues at our Rocky Point Preserve attraction where you’ll be educated on dolphin pod structure and socialization tools for young dolphins. After lunch at our Shipwreck Reef Café, you’ll venture over to our Dolphin Interaction facility where you will have an interaction of a lifetime.

Participants ages 13+ $495


The girls had a really good time, you show up early, as can be seen in this picture



get fitted for an Official Sea World wetsuit,


TinkerBoo on the right with her trainer



And Swimlover with a new friend (Swimlover is on the right)

sign a ton of paper work that says if you get eaten by Shamu you can’t hold Sea World responsible, then the fun begins.

I’ll start with TinkerBoo’s since she participated in the program first.

TinkerBoo started by going to the Dolphin show and getting to participate in the actual show.





Which wasn’t necessarily a good thing





They got to go on stage and say goodbye to everyone after the show was over



They then got to come back out front and talk with all the guests







They then went back to the Dolphin Interaction Pool (DIP) to spend time with the Dolphins.



















Picture limit, up next they went to Rocky Point Preserve
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So when she was done swimming with the Dolphins she got to hang out at Rocky Point Preserve with a Trainer for that facility and play with the Dolphins

























TinkerBoo learning to follow Visual Commands…too bad this doesn’t work at home



This concluded the interaction with Dolphins, well that is if you don’t count the $50 we spent for fish afterwards to go back to Rocky Point Preserve to feed the Dolphins

Next up the “Headliner” himself
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After the Dolphins she headed over to see the headliner for the park, Shamu himself















Here she actually got to send him out to perform a “Behavior”





Shamu getting a reward for a “Behavior” well done



They also got to do a lot of behind the scenes things, but unfortunately since they were behind the scenes I was unable to photograph them, not because they were secret or anything, but I was not allowed to follow them since I had not paid for the experience.

They got to go see the Seals and Walruses, Birds, Penguins and Manatees.

We all had a really great time at Sea World, we always do.

Next I will post some general pictures that I took that day.
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Here are some general shots I took that day. In no particular order









Carrying Shamus’s lunch









Hope you enjoyed this part, next will be Swimlover experience.
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That is great! Thanks for sharing that with us. And it cost $495??? And you paid for 2 girls??? I'll be your BFF if you pay for me ... Start saving now ... I'll be there in 2009.
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