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“Trainer for the Day” experience at Sea World San Diego

Discussion in 'California & the West Trip Reports' started by Goofster57, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    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

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    get fitted for an Official Sea World wetsuit,

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    TinkerBoo on the right with her trainer

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    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.

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    Which wasn’t necessarily a good thing

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

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

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

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    Picture limit, up next they went to Rocky Point Preserve
     
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  3. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    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

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

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    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
     
  4. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    After the Dolphins she headed over to see the headliner for the park, Shamu himself

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

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    Shamu getting a reward for a “Behavior” well done

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    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.
     
  5. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    Here are some general shots I took that day. In no particular order

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    Carrying Shamus’s lunch

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    Hope you enjoyed this part, next will be Swimlover experience.
     
  6. Disneyolic

    Disneyolic DIS Veteran

    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 ... :banana: :banana: Start saving now ... I'll be there in 2009.
     
  7. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all


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  8. Disneyolic

    Disneyolic DIS Veteran

    Okay, here goes ...

    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 ... :banana: :banana: Start saving now ... I'll be there in 2009.
     
  9. thmar

    thmar DIS Veteran

    What a wonderful experience!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  10. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

    Hooboy...this freakin' dial up crappy stuff.

    I will come back tonight to quote!

    First I have to load...load....load...and reload the page for all the pics to show up :sad2:

    Just 5 more days of this :woohoo:
     
  11. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    Your welcome, don't forget to come back and take a look at my other daughters experience, should be up soon


    I thought about that when I was loading all of those pictures, bet your glad DSL is coming to your town.
     
  12. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all


    Nice try you little Stinker :)

    You do get a discount if you have one of their Annual Passes
     
  13. Montana Disney Fan

    Montana Disney Fan <font color=blue>GAT-Master Extraordinaire<br><fon

    Ok, where o where is the "Slay a Dolphin" attraction????



    I want pictures!!!!!




    Sorrry. Just very tired.

    I've been with these people for way too long.

    What people?


    Family! :sad2:



    I'm taking a vacation from them starting next week. :thumbsup2 :cool1: :banana: :thumbsup2

    Oh, and I'll actually go back and read this report for "real" once I get home.

    I'm spent guys.

    Buzz :banana:
     
  14. TnkrBoo

    TnkrBoo Member

    Best christmas ever!!!!
     
  15. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    We gave you this as a Christmas present? :confused3

    Wow we are Awesome Parental Units :woohoo:
     
  16. Disneyolic

    Disneyolic DIS Veteran

    So, I'm reading between the lines here and I think I got it straight. I need to visit sometime near Christmas 2009 in order for you to pay for my Sea World Trainer for a Day with your annual passholder's discount.

    I'll see what I can do to arrange that! :upsidedow
     
  17. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    Ok now on to Swimlover’s “Trainer for the Day” experience.

    As I said the girls went at different times so the experiences varied just a bit.

    Here’s Swimlover in her wet suit

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    And with her Sea World trainer

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    Here are some pictures of her Dolphin experience in the DIP area

    Here is what was called the “Belly Ride”

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    Here she gets to “Dance” with the Dolphin

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    Must be the “Tango”

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    Just a little something for the girls

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    Next up feeding the Dolphins
     
  18. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    Here they get to reward the Dolphins for their hard work

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    Swimlover got to go for a “Fin Ride”

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    Getting to give the Dolphins cues to perform their behaviors

    Having them sing

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    Spin in a circle

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    Not sure what this was

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    And just some general shots of the interaction

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  19. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    They got to go to the Sea Lion and Otter show,

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    Where they got to play with the Otter’s

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    And the Sea Lions

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    Sea Lion continued on next post
     
  20. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

  21. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    Here is a picture of the group; both girls had very small groups for the experience

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    They were getting ready to meet the star of the park Shamu

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    Who would have thought he was thirsty

    Of course you knew he would be hungry

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    More Shamu on the next post
     

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